New restaurant openings in Cape Town and the Winelands are slowing down. Big news is that Chef Bertus Basson is no longer taking over the revolving restaurant on top of the Ritz Hotel in Sea Point, by ‘mutual agreement’! Instead he is opening a Burger restaurant in Stellenbosch! 

The Ritz Hotel is promising an opening with a pop on 15 December, with the CASA Restaurant, a Veuve Clicquot Bar terrace, a Dom Pérignon Bar, and a Hennessy Cognac Cigar Lounge.

Last month saw the opening of Chefs Warehouse at Maison, Bilboa restaurant in Camps Bay, as well as Chinchilla Rooftop Café & Bar in Camps Bay, amongst others. BarDough by Jason and La Belle Bistro & Bakery in Mouille Point have closed down.

We update information about newly opened and closed restaurants continuously, and welcome such news.

Restaurant Openings

#   Villa 47 has relaunched its second floor restaurant Stuzzico as Seta, meaning silk in Italian, as a fusion cocktail lounge, serving cocktails, wines, and small plate food as well as sharing dishes. (Photograph)

Villa 47 relaunches Italian fusion cocktail lounge as Seta!

# Villa 47 has relaunched its Restaurant restaurant, as Pierino Penati, in conjunction with Italian Michelin one-star restaurant owner Chef Theo Penati.

Pierino Penati Ristorante at Villa 47: Michelin-star link, Cape Town’s best fine dining restaurant now open!

#. Chefs Warehouse at Maison has opened, with Head Chef David Schneider. 

#.  The Kove Collection has opened Bilboa restaurant and Chinchilla Rooftop Café & Bar in Camps Bay.

The Kove Collection launches Bilboa restaurant and Chinchilla Rooftop Café & Bar in Camps Bay!

# Chef Darren Badenhorst’s Le Coin Français fine-dining restaurant has opened in Franschhoek.

# Tiger’s Milk has opened its restaurant and Bar Splendido on Kloof Street and Rheede Street in Cape Town

#. Roast & Co has opened alongside HQ, in the former Bizerca Bistro space, in Heritage Square

# The Hard Rock Café has opened in The Promenade in Camps Bay.

# Swirl has opened at Stellenbosch Vineyards, formerly the space of Bistro 13.

# Davy Croquettes has opened in Gardens.

# Chef Sheldon Raju has announced the opening of an African restaurant in Camps Bay this summer.

# Bootlegger Café & Grill has opened in Constantia in conjunction with Chef Eric Bulpitt of FABER, next door to Foxcroft, in the former Greens.

# The Franschhoek Beer Co is opening its eatery shortly.

# 5th Avenue Restaurant & Tapas Bar has opened in Tygervalley

# Marrow has opened in Loop Street.

#. La Petite Colombe has opened at Le Quartier Français in Franschhoek, with Head Chef John Norris Rogers

# Tiger’s Milk has opened in the SanClare Building in Claremont, in Century City, in Bryanston, in Stellenbosch, and in Pretoria. Tiger’s Milk Cedar Square opens in Fourways this month.

# Harbour House is to open in Johannesburg

# Jamie’s Italian is to open in Cape Town.

# Cheyne’s is opening a cocktail sake bar, to be called Fire Monkey.

# Chef Bertus Basson no longer will be the Chef Patron of the Ritz Hotel Revolving Restaurant in Sea Point. The opening of this restaurant and the hotel has been delayed for over a year, now promised for 15 December. A Dom Pérignon as well as Veuve Clicquot Bar will be offered, as will be a Hennessy Cognac Cigar Lounge.

# The CASA restaurant will open in The Ritz

# Solo Restaurant has opened on Loop Street.

# Vista Marina has opened next to the Two Oceans Aquarium.

# The Sorrows Bar and Eatery has opened on Kloof Nek Road.

#. Osteria Tarantino has opened in De Waterkant.

# Woolworths has opened a health restaurant NOWNOW on Longmarket Street, at Old Mutual, and in the Silo District in the V&A Waterfront. It is now run for the retailer by TriBeCa, operators of the WCafés.

# Chef Margot Janse is rumored to be opening a restaurant on Môreson wine estate outside Franschhoek, with Susan Huxter.

# Melissa’s is opening in Hermanus.

# Hussar Grill has opened in the Protea Hotel in Franschhoek.

# Cábron Taco Bar has opened

# The Hungry Herbivore has opened

# Unframed artisanal ice cream has opened a second branch, in the V&A Food Market, and a pop-up in Camps Bay.

# Jason’s Bakery is to open on Main Road in Green Point.

# SCHOON has opened in Somerset West, after its closure in Stellenbosch and handing over its space to Boschendal. It is a disappointment to any past patron of the former Stellenbosch operation.

# A Steakhouse is said to be opening in McGregor.

# An Italian restaurant is being built at Delaire Graff.

# Nonna Lina Sea Point has opened.

# Vigour & Verve has opened at the new Sunsquare in the Cape Town CBD.

# The Yard has opened in the Silo District in the V&A Waterfront.

# Coco Safar is to open in Sea Point, having left a Cavendish Square.

# Kleinsky’s Delicatessen has opened on Church Square in Parliament Street.

# KapaTee has opened on Church Street, as a store and tearoom.

# La Paris Bistro & Deli, and wedding and event venue, has opened outside Franschhoek.

# La Petite Manoir is to open in Franschhoek.

# Chef Duncan Doherty has opened Duncan & Co, a long table-style restaurant at Colmant in Franschhoek. 

#. Si Cantina Sociale eatery and bar has opened in the Silo District in the V & A Waterfront

# Manga sushi outlet has opened in Church Square.

# Seattle Coffee Co has opened in Church Square.

# Afro’s Chicken is to open at 4 Spin Street.

# Beerhouse is opening another branch in Cape Town, and in Durban in December.

#. Chef Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen of JAN restaurant is to open a restaurant in the Cape, but not in Cape Town itself, he has confirmed.

Salon58 by Jackie Burger and Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen indulgent, entertaining, and theatrical, with good food and MCC!

# Chef Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen has opened MARIA in Nice, as an event dining venue.

# Limnos Bakery has opened in the V&A Waterfront, and in Cavendish Square. A new branch will open in the Table View Mall in April.

# Oui restaurant has opened at Radisson RED in the Silo District of the Waterfront.

# Patina has opened in Newlands.

# Ribs & Burgers is to open in Table View Mall

# Khavé Road is the new name of the coffee shop previously called Coco Safar in Cavendish Square.

# The White Rabbit has opened in the V&A Waterfront, another restaurant in the Kove Collection.

Restaurant Review: The White Rabbit coffee shop and bar no fairytale!

# Skal Bar & Eatery has opened in Brackenfell.

# Brocha Urban BBQ is to open.

# Chef Bertus Basson is to open De Vrije Burger in Stellenbosch, his fifth restaurant!

#  Bar Di Bar is to open outside Paarl.

#   The Botanical Bar is to open on Longmarket Street. 

#   Häzz coffee shop has opened on Bree Street. 

#   David Higgs is said to be opening his own restaurant on Johannesburg. 

#   The pop-up The Gin Dock at the V&A has opened.

#   SALT at Paul Cluver, with Chef Mechell Spann, guided by Chef Craig Cormack, opens on 13 December.

#   Rafael Lebanese speciality Coffee Shop is opening on Main Road in Sea Point soon.

#   Moody Lagoon Restaurant opens at Benguela Cove in Hermanus on 15 December. 

Restaurant Closures

# Searle’s in Greyton has stopped operating, and is for sale.

# Bistro13 has closed down at Stellenbosch Vineyards.

# Bistrot Bizerca has closed down.

# The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français has closed down.

# Blues restaurant has closed down in Camps Bay, after 30 years of operating.

# Mezepoli has closed down in Camps Bay.

# Raya Kitchen, belonging to Kitima, has closed down on Wale Street.

# Mother’s Ruin on Bree Street has closed down

# Plant on Buiten Street has closed down.

# Flora’s Eatery in McGregor has closed down.

# Mangata in Simon’s Town has closed down.

# Marc’s Table in Green Point has closed down due to the sale of the Sugar Hotel, but is looking for new premises.

# Tre Steampunk has closed in the city centre.

# The Bromwell in Woodstock appears to have closed.

# Yuzu Kitchen & Bar has closed.

# La Belle Bistro & Bakery in Mouille Point has closed down.

#  Bardough by Jason has closed down on Loop Street. 

Restaurant changes

# The Long Table Restaurant and Café at Haskell Vineyards closed last year, and will re-open after an extensive renovation, upgrade, and general maintenance, to be run by the winery itself when it re-opens.

# Adam Whitehead of The Power & Glory has taken over the Rafiki space to create a new eatery The Sunnyside Grill.

# Origins at The Marine has taken over the Seafood Pavilion space at The Marine Hotel in Hermanus.

# The Classic Car Bar pop-up restaurant in the V&A Waterfront has closed down, with new Kove Collection restaurant Firefish having opened in the space.

# Zenzero in Camps Bay has reopened, after an extensive renovation.

# The Italian owners of La Sosta in Swellendam have sold the restaurant. It is operated under the same name by the new owner.

# Chef Giorgio Nava has converted his Carné Constantia into 95 at Parks Restaurant, Bar & Lounge.

# Eats11 has opened at Villa Exner in Grabow.

# Café Des Arts in Franschhoek has been sold.

# Panama Jack is moving to the Cruise Liner Terminal in the Cape Town Harbour.

# Boston Burgers on Buitengracht Street has changed its name to Craft Burger Bar.

# Janse & Co is opening in the former Yuzu space on Kloof Street in December, owned by Chef Arno Janse van Rensburg of Maison, with Liezl Odendaal.

# Heritage Cottage has opened where Mon Desir used to be in Hermanus, operated by Chef Warwick Taylor of SOURCE, with Head Chef Dean van Huyssteen.

# Boschendal at Oude Bank has opened in Stellenbosch, where SCHOON de Companje used to be, as a Boschendal Farm Shop, Bistro, Bakery, and wine tasting facility.

Restaurant Review: Boschendal at Oude Bank brings farm produce and wine tasting into the centre of Stellenbosch!

Chef and Restaurant staff changes

# Chef Angelo Scirocco is opening Wood & Fire, his own restaurant, in Pretoria.

# Tracy-Leigh Genricks is now the sole owner of Four & Twenty Café.

# Chef Warwick King has left The Stack and joined Delaire Graff

# Chef Brad Ball has left Peddlars on the Bend, and is now Executive Chef at the Harbour House Group.

# Chef Laurent Deslandes has joined Cape Town Club.

# Pastry Chef André Steyn has moved from Delaire Graff to La Colombe.

# Chef Jason Kosmas has joined The Stack, from Chefs Warehouse & Canteen on Bree Street.

# Chef Marco van Rooyen is heading up the restaurant at Rivendell, near Kleinmond and Bot River.

# Chef Martin Senekal is the new Group Pastry Chef at the Leeu Collection in Franschhoek.

# Chef Michael Deg of Delaire Graff has moved to Equus at Cavalli Estate.

# Sidwell Yarrow has been appointed as Executive Chef at La Petite Ferme.

# Chef Guy Bennett is the new Executive Chef at Grande Provence.

# Chef Kieran Whyte has left Charango, and is the new Head Chef at Delaire Graff.

# Silo Hotel Restaurant Manager Dylan van Blerk has moved to La Petite Ferme. Siseko Gubangxa is the new Restaurant Manager, and Louis Page is the new Assistant Restaurant Manager. Craig Versfeld is the new Food & Beverage Manager.

# Jürgen Welp is now the GM at Harbour House Constantia Nek.

#. Simon Rudd have been appointed Deputy GM at the new Tiger’s Milk Kloof Street.

# Sommelier Pearl Oliver has left the Taj, to join the One&Only Cape Town.

# Jakobus Lochner is the new Restaurant Manager at Maison.

# Nico Vorster is the new Chef at La Paris Bistro & Deli

# Alice Mfundsi is the new GM of La Paris Bistro & Deli, and the Estate, outside Franschhoek.

# Chef Maritz Jacobs is the new Executive Chef of Longridge restaurant.

#   Chef Albert Bronkhorst is the new Executive Chef at Dash Restaurant & Bar at the Queen Victoria Hotel in the Waterfront.

#  Chef Bruce von Pressentin has left Delheim, and is starting his own restaurant. 

#   Oliver Loxton has left Villa 47 as its Sommelier.

#   Chef Rudy Smith has taken over the Kitchen at Delheim.

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