It is a Hull institution.

And it is now the end of an era for Hull as one of its much-loved eateries plans to shut its doors for the final time after three decades in business.

Malaysian and Indonesian restaurant Tropicana in Hull's Princes Avenue will "cease trading" after opening for the last time on Saturday night.

Owner and head chef Vincent Lee is retiring after 30 years and has thanked customers for their support over the years.

Mr Lee told BBC Radio Humberside he came to Hull after originally studying in London. He then met a woman and fell in love - as well as falling for the city's charm.

After years working at Fenner's, he eventually started a takeaway business selling Malaysian and Indonesian food in Beverley Road and Tropicana was born and expanded from there.

End of an era as Hull's Tropicana in Princes Avenue to close its doors for final time
Tropicana in Princes Avenue is closing for good as the owner retires

Mr Lee later relocated his business to Princes Avenue.

The restaurant was based across the road in the current El Toro tapas restaurant before making the move to its current base five years ago.

In October, a post on the Tropicana restaurant Facebook page said the Tropicana page would continue to exist as a medium for communicating with all friends and customers alike but that the restaurant would be closing.

"I’m posting this to let you guys know that I’m retiring by the end of this year," it says.

End of an era as Hull's Tropicana in Princes Avenue to close its doors for final time
Tropicana in Princes Avenue is closing for good as the owner retires

"Tropicana will cease trading by Saturday, December 21, 2019.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank all customers and friends for their customs and support over the years and a special thank you to all regulars and friends who followed me from Tropicana in Beverley Road all these years up to Prinny Ave.

"You’re brilliant guys! Tropicana page will continue to exist as a medium for communicating with all friends and customers alike.

End of an era as Hull's Tropicana in Princes Avenue to close its doors for final time
Tropicana in Princes Avenue is closing for good as the owner retires

"I would also be posting here for any future functions or events that may take part in.

"So for now, I’ll hopefully see you guys around till December 21. I’ll formally say 'goodbye' then. Cheers and love you all xxxxx Vincent xxxxxx."

Speaking on BBC Radio Humberside, Mr Lee said he even served food to the Gallagher brothers years ago.

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"Paul Jackson sent them to the restaurant to eat," he said. "[Noel and Liam] went into the restaurant and ate. They enjoyed it very much."

Although he cannot remember what they had to eat.

"It is nearly 25/30 years ago now," he said. "The other band that stayed really late was Right Said Fred."

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