Several of Michele’s brothers followed his lead, and by 1930 there were a total of 14 pie,mash & eel shops in London bearing the Manze name. Many of these shops have since closed down or been taken over.
Michele Manze died in 1932 and his son, Lionel, took over the running of the two surviving shops – Tower Bridge Road and Peckham High Street. In 1985, the shop at Peckham was burnt down during the riots in the area. A long legal battle ensued and Lionel,sadly,did not live long enough to see the outcome. He died in 1988, whereupon his three sons, Graham, Geoff and Richard inherited not only Tower Bridge shop, but also the legal battle. They survived on the business of Tower Bridge Road until they were able to re-build and re-open the Peckham shop in 1990,although the legal battle did not conclude until 1995.
With both shops now back in business,it was felt that 1998 would be a good time to open the long awaited third shop, and decided upon Sutton which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2018.
In May 2019 Geoff and Graham both retired which led to Rick’s daughter Emma, and her husband Tom, entering the business meaning it was now in its 4th family generation which has just started a new chapter for the M.Manze history book.