Cape Town and Winelands Restaurant openings and closings, chef changes: April 2018 update!

New restaurant openings in Cape Town and the Winelands appear to still be on the slow side. Former JAN Head Chef Kevin Grobler has returned to the Cape. Very sad is the recent tragic passing of Aimee Josten, an important half of the award-winning Karoux restaurant in McGregor. De Volkskombuis has reopened in Stellenbosch after an extensive renovation, while The Big Easy is no longer operating in the town. Eric Bulpitt is the new Executive Chef at Pierneef à La Motte.

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

Restaurant Openings

#   Bootlegger Café & Grill has opened in Constantia in conjunction with Chef Eric Bulpitt, in the former Greens (photograph)

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#. Janse & Co has opened in the former Yuzu space on Kloof Street, owned by Chef Arno Janse van Rensburg of The Kitchen at Maison, with Liezl Odendaal.

# Chef Oliver Cattermole has opened Bovine in Franschhoek

# Coco Safar Parisian-style Pâtisserie and Café has relaunched itself, now in Sea Point, having left Cavendish Square.

#. Benguela on Main has closed down, with the departure of its Chef Jean Delport to a sister restaurant in the Benguela Collection to be opened in the UK. The Somerset West space has reopened as an everyday eatery and bakery called Nom Nom, with Chef Sebastian Smith heading up the kitchen.

#. Villa 47 has relaunched its restaurant Stuzzico as Seta as a fusion cocktail lounge, serving cocktails, wines, and small plate food as well as sharing dishes, and has moved into the courtyard on the ground floor.

# Villa 47’s Locanda has expanded into the second floor of the building too.

# Villa 47 has relaunched its Restaurant restaurant, as Pierino Penati, in conjunction with Italian Michelin one-star restaurant owner Chef Theo Penati, the best fine-dining restaurant in Cape Town

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

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

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

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

# The Franschhoek Beer Co has opened its eatery.

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

# The Ritz Hotel in Sea Point has reopened, and its Revolving Restaurant is headed up by hotel chef Maveer Thulsie, Chef Bertus Basson and the hotel having parted ways. A Dom Pérignon as well as Veuve Clicquot Bar are offered, as are a Hennessy Cognac Cigar Lounge.

# The CASA restaurant has opened in The Ritz

#. Osteria Tarantino has opened in De Waterkant.

# Woolworths has opened a health restaurant NOW NOW 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 involved in the transformation of the Santé Hotel and Spa in Klapmuts with Linda Coltart.

# Melissa’s has opened in Hermanus.

# 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 has opened on Main Road in Green Point.

# An Italian restaurant is being built at Delaire Graff.

# Nonna Lina Sea Point has opened.

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

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

# La Petite Manoir is to open in Franschhoek in April.

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

# Manga sushi outlet has opened in Church Square.

# Seattle Coffee Co has opened in Church Square.

# Afro’s Chicken has opened at 4 Spin Street.

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

#. 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.

# 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.

# 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 a new coffee shop in Cavendish Square.

# Skal Bar & Eatery has opened in Brackenfell.

# Chef Bertus Basson has opened De Vrije Burger in Stellenbosch, his fifth ‘restaurant’, operating as a take-away!

# Bar Di Bar has opened outside Paarl.

# The Botanical Bar is to open on Longmarket Street.

# Häzz coffee shop has opened on Bree Street.

# David Higgs is opening Saint in Sandton in Johannesburg in August.

# SALT at Paul Cluver, with Chef Mechell Spann, guided by Chef Craig Cormack, has opened.

# Rafael Lebanese speciality Coffee Shop has opened on Main Road in Sea Point.

# Moody Lagoon Restaurant has opened at Benguela Cove in Hermanus.

# The Nest Deli & Café has opened at Constantia Uitsig.

# The Bistro at Klein Constantia has opened.

# Kirsten’s Kick Ass Ice Cream has opened at Constantia Uitsig.

# Sushi Box has opened at Constantia Uitsig.

# Curry & Craft has opened in Observatory.

# Chef Oliver Cattermole has opened Bovine in Franschhoek.

# Chef Cheyne Morrisby has opened JUSU

# Chef Peter Tempelhoff is said to be opening a restaurant and bar in Church Square later this year.

#. Figgs is to open as a Thai restaurant in Hermanus.

# The Nice Company has opened an ice cream outlet on Rose Street in Bo-Kaap.

Restaurant Closures

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

# Mother’s Ruin on Bree Street has closed down

# Plant on Buiten Street 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.

# The Bromwell in Woodstock appears to have closed.

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

# Bardough by Jason has closed down on Loop Street.

# Melissa’s in Franschhoek has closed down.

# Dutch East has closed down in Franschhoek.

# The Big Easy has closed in Stellenbosch.

# Lucky Fish Sea Point has closed.

# Solo Restaurant has closed down.

Restaurant changes

# The Long Table Restaurant and Café at Haskell Vineyards closed in 2016, 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.

# 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.

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

# Panama Jack has moved to the Cruise Liner Terminal in the Cape Town Harbour.

# 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.

# De Volkskombuis in Stellenbosch has reopened after a major transformation, employing all The Big Easy staff.

#   Chelsea Café and Bean has moved to Gallery 91 in Somerset West. 

Chef and Restaurant staff changes

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

# 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.

# 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.

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

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

# Alice Mfundsi has left La Paris Bistro & Deli, outside Franschhoek.

# 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 opened his own restaurant, at Molenvliet, on the Helshoogte Pass.

# Oliver Loxton has left Villa 47 as its Sommelier, moving to the UK. Dominic Bodenstein has taken over his position.

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

# Chef Nicolaas Oosthuizen has left Foliage and is heading up the kitchen at the Franschhoek Beer Co.

# Chef Chris Papayannes is the new Head Chef at Hartford House, taking over from Chef Constantijn Hahndiek.

# Head Chef John van Zyl has left Thali

# UBON has opened where Thai Café used to operate in Piazza St John in Sea Point.

# The Shop has opened in the space of the former BuzBeyGrill in Sea Point.

# Hazendal is opening a revamped restaurant and Deli, to be headed up from 1 April by Chef Michelle Theron from Pierneef à La Motte.

# Chef Eric Bulpitt from Faber at Avondale has moved to Pierneef à La Motte as Executive Chef. Chef Dale Stevens takes over the helm at the kitchen at Faber at Avondale.

# Very sadly McGregor restaurant Karoux co-owner Aimee van Hecke Josten has passed away.

# Chefs Kevin Grobler and Scott Armstrong have left JAN restaurant in Nice. Nicole Loubser is the new Pastry Chef at JAN.

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#   The Harbour House Group has lost its sterling Chief Operating Officer Stuart Bailey, who is starting a new venture. 

#   Chef Gareth Flynn has left Pierneef à La Motte, heading overseas.

#   James Gaag has been appointed as Executive Chef of La Colombe, with Jess van Dyk returning as Head Chef.

#   La Colombe will be closing for six weeks for renovations from 28 May. 

#   Chef Warwick King has left Delaire Graff. 

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