A PORTOBELLO sushi maker has gathered hundreds of signatures in support of his store, which faces closure.
For three years, Holland Park resident Abbas Moaven has run sushi shop Ukai in Portobello Road, Notting Hill.
But now his future lies in the balance while a licensing battle takes place over whether the outlet is a shop or a restaurant.
While Mr Moaven believes his sushi outlet is a store, as it is an assembly point for cold goods, Kensington and Chelsea Council thinks it is a restaurant.
On April 28, a public inquiry will decide who is correct. If the council is deemed to be right, Mr Moaven's business will be under serious threat because of increased costs.
He has collected 200 signatures, including celebrities such as Jennifer Saunders and Annie Lennox, to back up the campaign to save Ukai, which employs 25 people.
He said: "I have been around Notting Hill for 25 years and am just trying to make a living. My only crime is that I've made my place look good. We are proud local employers."
A council spokesman said: "The Royal Borough takes the view that there has been a change of use from a shop to a restaurant at 223 Portobello Road, which has occurred without the benefit of planning permission.
"The council takes this very seriously, as its planning policies seek to protect retail uses on the Portobello Road, in order to preserve the vitality of this unique shopping street and market.
"The case is being heard at a public inquiry in front of an independent planning inspector, appointed by the Secretary of State, therefore it would be inappropriate for the council to comment further."