The tight controls over the Restaurant industry are taking its toll, the alcohol ban as well as Curfew announced on 12 July being a death knell for restaurants, more closing down completely. The most recent Curfew amendment on 30 July, in changing the starting time of the Curfew to 22h00, is of little benefit to restaurants and their diners.
On my latest Restaurant Closure list I have more than 50 Restaurants in Cape Town and the Winelands which have closed down, an increase of 13 Restaurant Closures in the past month. (see below).
The Restaurant Closure and Opening Lists are updated continuously throughout the month.
The Restaurant industry is one of the hardest hit due to the Corona Virus in South Africa, having had to endure five weeks of complete closure, then restricted to Food Deliveries in May, allowed to offer Alcohol Sales and Food Collections during June, and now allowed to offer Sit-Down Service without on-site alcohol consumption since Monday 29 June. As an industry employing an estimated 800000 employees, the UIF and TERS problems it has had to endure in receiving (or not) staff payment has exacerbated the state of the restaurant industry, described by Chefs Warehouse Chef Liam Tomlin earlier this week as being reduced to nothing more than one of Coffee shops! Many restaurants have decided to not open for Sit-Down Service currently, until they can offer on-site consumption of alcoholic beverages, and will continue to offer the Delivery and Collection of Food and Alcohol.
A shock closure announced by Chef Luke Dale Roberts during Lockdown Level 5 was that of The Shortmarket Club. Myoga at the Vineyard Hotel, Buitenverwachting Restaurant (under the guidance of Chef Edgar Osojnik for the past 20 years), The Stack, Clarke’s, Exhibit A of top chef Rikku O’Donnchü, Terroir at Klein’s Zalze, and The Kitchen of Karen Dudley have also thrown in the towel, with many other Restaurants too. (see below)
New restaurant openings seem unlikely in the next few months, with winter lying ahead, and restaurant cash flows depleted due to the Corona Lockdown. Chef Peter Tempelhoff announced the opening of a new ‘funky’ restaurant in Cape Town on Kfm a few months ago, but no further details of its name, location, or opening date are known. A good news story is the reopening of Tintswalo Kitchen, with a new name, new menu, and headed up by Executive Chef Sean Klebbe, formerly of The Shortmarket Club.
PLEASE NOTE: The List of Restaurant Closures below is the property of WhaleTales Blog, and may only be used and shared with our permission:
Restaurant Closures since Lockdown:
# The Shortmarket Club
# La Bottega in Woodstock.
# Empire Café in Muizenberg.
# SMAK Delicatessen and Eatery.
# Buitenverwachting Restaurant in Constantia.
# The Deli Coffee Co in the V & A Waterfront
# Under Oaks, Paarl (re-opened for Sit-Down, previously reported as Closed Down)
# Craft Burger Bar, Sea Point,
#. The Butcher, Camps Bay
# La Franca, Gardens
# Go Go, Bree Street
# The Butcher, Sea Point
#. Cold Gold Artisanal ice-cream (reopened for Delivery in partnership with For Food’s Sake) )
# StarGarden Café, Fish Hoek
# Oven Baked, Muizenberg
# Noordhoek Café & Deli
#. Kalk Bay Theatre
# The Kitchen, Woodstock
# Bay Expresso
# Mugg & Bean, Constantia
# Jessy’s Waffles, Camps Bay
# Chi Cha in Sea Point
# Ocean Blue in Camps Bay (reopened 18 July)
# Black Horse, Stellenbosch
# The Trumpet Tree, Stellenbosch
# Tolhuis Bistro, Ceres
# Maker’s Mark, Tulbagh
# Thai Food Sushi, Sea Point
# Meraki, Stellenbosch
# All Things Good, Stellenbosch
# Mama Cucina, Riebeeck-Kasteel
# Brownies & Downies, City Centre
# Dahlia on Regent, Sea Point (closed down, reopened weekends only)
# The Larder, Claremont
# Café Blouberg, Bloubergstrand
# Jason’s, Bree Street Branch
# Koffi Terapi, Durbanville
# Blasters Family Restaurant, Cape Gate.
# Fláva, Wilderness
# The Fat Greek, Table View
# Myoga, Vineyard Hotel, Newlands
# Schwarma Express, Sea Point Branch
# The Stack, Gardens
# Two and Sixpence Tavern, Simon’s Town (after 21 years)
# Perseverance, Gardens (oldest pub in Cape Town)
# Fire Monkey, Claremont
# Cattle Baron, Tokai
# Clarke’s, Bree Street
# Masala Dosa Restaurant, Long Street
# Vicious Virgin Bar, Wale Street
# Exhibit A, Bree Street
# Den Anker, V&A Waterfront (temporarily)
# Frankie Fenner, Durbanville
# Dale’s Black Angus, The Paddocks, Milnerton
# TableThirteen, Green Point (end August)
# Ton Khoon, Tyger Waterfront
# Terroir, Stellenbosch.
# Daniela’s Deliciously Decadent, Cape Quarter.
# Batavia Café, Bo-Kaap
# Addis in Cape Ethopian Restaurant
# Fork on Ling Street
# Pastis, Constantia
# Yumcious Café, Durbanville
Restaurant closures before Lockdown
# Reuben’s at the One&Only has closed down
# Café Roux in the city centre has closed down..
# Del Mar in Camps Bay has closed.
# Macau has closed down.
# HQ and Roast Chicken have closed down.
# The Commissary has closed.
#. Riverine Rabbit has closed down, owner Chef Ash Heeger having moved to the UK.
Cape Town restaurant openings (pre-Lockdown)
# 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, previously Catharina’s.
# 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.
# 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 Blanc, 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 has opened 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.
# 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 has opened Three Wise Monkeys on Kloof Street.
# Step Brothers has opened in Bantry Bay
# BrewzKrew has opened in Rondebosch
# DipnDip Chocolate Café has opened in the Waterfront.
# Chef Peter Tempelhoff is to open a new ‘funky’ restaurant. No further details are known.
# Quince Restaurant at Little Orchard Nursery has opened in Diep River, by Chef Graham Isaacson.
# Tindlovu has opened in Camps Bay, as a restaurant offering South African cuisine.
# Infusions on Long has opened in the city centre,
#. Maaya has opened as a Peruvian/Japanese restaurant on Loop Street.
# ERTH Eatery has opened in Green Point, a ‘nutricosmetic eatery’.
#. Old Town Italy is said to open in Cape Town..
# Chef Jan-Hendrik’s new KLEIN JAN restaurant in the Kalahari Desert is set to open in November 2020.
#. The Crypt Jazz Club, restaurant, and cocktail bar has reopened on Wale Street.
# Moro Gelato has opened on Regent Road, Sea Point
Restaurant Openings (During Lockdown)
# Regent Burger Bar has opened where Craft Burger Bar was on Regent Road in Sea Point.
# Chef Liam Tomlin is said to be working on the former HQ space, either to establish a new restaurant there, or to expand his Chefs Warehouse Canteen on Bree Street, being in the same building.
# Ciao Pizza, Long Street.
# The Eatery and Wine Bar at Silver Forest Boutique Lodge and Spa, Somerset West, with Chef Michael Broughton, previously with Terroir.
# Firefly Café, Camps Bay is opening at the end of August,
# Tintswalo Kitchen, Hout Bay
Winelands Restaurant openings (pre-Lockdown)
# 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 was to move 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
# 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.
# Fritz Schoon has opened 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, having moved across from La Colombe.
#. Epice has opened in Franschhoek, where Marigold was located, with Head Chef Charné Sampson.
# The Four Square Club has opened at Môreson outside Franschhoek, owned by Chef Chris Erasmus of Foliage.
#. Char’d Hermanus has opened.
For a list of Restaurants currently open for Food Delivery and Collection as well as Sit-Down Service, see the Facebook Group I created at the beginning of May, updated daily: https://www.facebook.com/groups/261165661682371/?ref=share
- Chef Calvyn Metior is the new Executive Chef at Monneaux Restaurant, previously Head Chef at La Motte.
- Chef Kayla-Ann Osborn has left The Chef’s Table in Umhlanga, now heading up the kitchen at Delaire Graff.
- Chef Scott Armstrong has rejoined JAN Restaurant in Nice as Sous Chef.
- Chef Nico Vorster has left La Paris Bistro outside Franschhoek.
- Bossa Stellenbosch and Die Strandloper suffered extensive fire damage.
- Chef Bell McCleod has left Bones in Woodstock, now heading up the Hemel & Aarde Brewery.
- Chef Henry and Mari Vigar have left La Mouette, now solely owned by Gerrit Bruwer, and have moved to take over their restaurant Upper Bloem in Green Point.
- Chef Neill Anthony Vaughn has been appointed as the Culinary Advisor to La Mouette.
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Photo Credit: Exhibit A Vetkoek, smoked snoek, and caviar dish, served on a bed of seaweed, created by Chef Rikku O’Donnchü
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