With rating agencies giving our economy a thumbs down, and our Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni painting a bleak picture of our economy last week, it is no surprise that there are few, if any, restaurant openings planned for the rest of the 2019/2020 summer season.
Exhibit A of Chefs Rikku O’Donnchü and Warwick King opened on Bree Street on Friday. La Chêne opened at Leeu Estates in Franschhoek two weeks ago. Cowboys & Cooks is running late in opening its planned new restaurant in De Waterkant.
Cape Town restaurant openings
# Exhibit A fine dining restaurant has opened on the 3rd floor of the Villa 47 building in the city centre, for lunch and dinner on Tuesdays – Saturdays (Photograph above).
# Ochre has opened at the One&Only Cape Town, in the place of Reuben’s
# Tryn has opened at Steenberg, under the stewardship of Chef Kerry Kilpin, also heading up Bistro Sixteen82.
# Gigi has opened in the gorgeous Gorgeous George Hotel in St George’s Mall, with Guy Bennett at the helm.
# Blockhouse Kitchen has opened at Constantia Uitsig, in the former Open Door space, headed up by Chef Brad Ball.
# Patina Steak & Fine Wine is to open at D’Aria wine estate in Durbanville.
# Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen has opened in the Waterfront, next to Mitchell’s.
# KONG has opened as a bar and grill in De Waterkant.
# VIXI Social House has opened on Bree Street,
# Big Dog Café has opened on Kloof Street, sister restaurant to the Terbodore-owned restaurant with the same name in Franschhoek.
# Mozambik Portuguese restaurant has opened in the Waterfront, where Seelan’s used to be.
# Syrup has opened on Bree Street
# SurfShack has opened in Camps Bay, where Umi used to be, belonging to the Kove Collection.
# Boudha Lounge has opened on Buiten Street
# The Korner has opened in Mandela Rhodes House, belonging to Giles, the owner of The 41 restaurant in Camps Bay,
# Cowboys and Cooks has opened in De Waterkant, and is opening on Kloof/Rheede Street
# Plant Café vegan restaurant has opened in Camps Bay
# Mykonos Taverna restaurant is opening in Camps Bay, in the former Dizzy’s Bar/pool area. It has also opened in Newlands.
# Sloppy Sam is said to be reopening in a new unannounced venue.
# Arthur’s Mini Super has opened in Sea Point
# The Kind Kitchen vegan restaurant has opened at Constantia Uitsig.
# Harvest Café has opened in Muizenberg
#. Stellski Coffee Bar has opened on Loop Street
# Yu Asian Tapas & Bar has opened in the Onyx Hotel in the city centre
# Iron Steak and Bar has opened on Bree Street, where Charango used to be.
# 117Kloof has opened on Kloof Street, belonging to Yours Truly Café
# GoodFood has opened as a multi food and beverage offering under one roof, in Woodstock.
# Scarpetta has opened as an Italian restaurant in Woodstock.
# Unfiltered has opened as a taproom with a beer and food offering, in conjunction with the chefs of Woodlands Eatery.
# Shakespeare’s Restaurant has opened in Durbanville.
# Punjab has opened in Kenilworth
# The Jagger Lounge has opened where Café Roux used to be, on Shortmarket Street.
# EatStanbul Turkish restaurant has opened on Kloof Street.
# I love the Dough has opened on Bree Street.
# Chef Seelan Sundoo is opening Three Wise Monkeys on Kloof Street.
# Step Brothers has opened in Bantry Bay
# BrewzKrew has opened in Rondebosch
# DipnDip Chocolate Café is opening in the Waterfront.
# The Crypt Jazz Club, restaurant, and cocktail bar has reopened on Wale Street.
Winelands Restaurant openings
# La Chêne has opened at Leeu Estates in Franschhoek, its owner Chef Darren Badenhorst of Le Coin Français taking over all food and beverage operations in the hotel.
# Arkeste has opened where Racine used to be, on Chamonix wine estate, operated by Chef Richard Carstens of RiffelCarstens.
#. Le Petite Colombe moves into a separate building at Leeu Estates in Franschhoek in May 2020.
# Marilyn’s Sushi restaurant has opened in Franschhoek, a third restaurant with the two Rocas in the village.
# Café Furlough has opened on Dorp Street in Stellenbosch
# Viande has opened at the Grande Roche Hotel, the latter with new local owners, and the restaurant headed up by Chef Pete Goffe-Wood.
# Jewells has opened at Spice Route outside Paarl, with Neil and Tina Jewell in the kitchen, in conjunction with Chef Liam Tomlin.
# Legado Coffee Bar has opened at Technopark, outside Stellenbosch
# Schoon Bread Café has opened in Franschhoek, where De Villiers Café used to be,
# Chef Chris Erasmus and Haut Espoir are planning an eatery in the Franschhoek wine estate.
# The Table at De Meye outside Stellenbosch has reopened, with new owners Brendan Thorncroft and Leigh Williamson.
# The Farmer’s Café has opened at Spier. A Deli has opened where Eight was at Spier.
# Bodega at Dornier has reopened after a long closure.
# Fritz Schoon is opening where Vida e Caffe was on the corner of Church and Bird Street in Stellenbosch.
# Ernie Els is said to be converting his Tasting Centre in Stellenbosch into a fine dining restaurant.
# Chef Jess van Dyk is the new Head Chef of Protégé Restaurant in Franschhoek, moving across from La Colombe.
#. Epice is opening in Franschhoek, where Marigold was located, at the end of November, with Head Chef Charné Sampson.
# Umi in Camps Bay has closed down
# Seelan’s in the Waterfront has closed down
# Reuben’s at the One&Only has closed down
# Open Door at Constantia Uitsig has closed down
# Catharina’s at Steenberg has closed down
# Charango on Bree Street has closed down
# Bertus Basson @ Spice Route has closed down
# Marigold has closed down in Franschhoek
# De Villiers Chocolate Café has closed down in Franschoek
# Café Roux in the city centre has closed down.
# Reuben’s at Abalone House in Paternoster has closed down
# Racine in Franschhoek has closed down.
# Eight at Spier in Stellenbosch has closed down.
# The Boschendal Bistro on Church Street in Stellenbosch has closed down.
# Del Mar in Camps Bay has closed.
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POSTSCRIPT 21/10: Thank you Peter Rhode for updating me on the Stellenbosch restaurant openings and closures.
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