Many restaurants are opening and have opened this summer, with only three months of the summer season left in which they can create awareness and make an impact before the dreaded winter arrives after the Easter weekend. New restaurants are far more casual, with informal dining.
This list of restaurant openings and closings is updated continuously, as we receive new information:
* Umi Asian restaurant opened in December with The Marly hotel in the Camps Bay Promenade, owned by The Cove (Kovensky) Group (photograph above).
* Equus restaurant on the Cavalli stud and wine farm on the R44 has opened. Carl Habel left the Mount Nelson Hotel as Restaurant Manager and Sommelier to join the restaurant, but left before it opened. Chef Henrico Grobbelaar from the Twelve Apostles heads up the kitchen.
* Shake your Honey is to open in the original Madame Zingara building on Loop Street this year, according to an iolTravel report. The ‘vibrant spirit of India’ is to be reflected in the 5-storey building, with a theatre, markets, restaurants, and shops.
* A new restaurant and micro brewery is to open next door to The Bromwell in Woodstock (name not yet known).
* TriBakery has opened on Bree Street.
* Vida e Caffe is opening coffee shops at Shell petrol stations, 40 initially and 300in total. It has also opened in Garden’s Centre, and in St John’s Piazza in Sea Point.
* The Black Sheep Restaurant has opened on Kloof Street.
* Diesel & Creme, a diner, restaurant, and coffee shop, is opening on the R62 in Barrydale.
* Chef Pieter Vlok has opened Mont Marie Restaurant on the Klein DasBosch wine estate of Shoprite retailer Whitey Basson, on the Blaauwklippen Road in Stellenbosch.
* Idiom Wines is said to be opening a restaurant.
* The Tap Room has opened at Devils’ Peak Brewery
* Engruna Eatery has opened in the same block as La Boheme in Sea Point, a ‘sister restaurant to @La Boheme_cpt. Gourmet Pizzas, Burgers, Craft Beer, Milkshakes. Opening soon‘, its Twitter Bio informs.
* I ♥ my Laundry has opened another branch on Bree Street, and will open a branch on Buitenkant Street in March.
* Jordan Wines has launched a Deli and Bakery.
* Pistachio Bistro has opened in Franschhoek, in the decor shop with the same name.
* Lucky.Fish & Chips has opened on Bree Street, as well as on Regent Road in Sea Point, belonging to Michael Townsend of the Harbour House group.
* The Roti Indian restaurant has opened on Regent Road.
* Tümi has opened as a health food café in St John’s Piazza in Sea Point, being part of the Col’Cocchia group.
* LE ROI has opened in the Camps Bay Promenade, as a cocktail beach bar, with a decor inspired by the art of Tretchikoff.
* Castella Amere has opened in Melkbosstrand.
* The Butcher Shop & Grill is opening next to Sotano in Mouille Point.
* Hallelujah has opened near Power & Glory on Kloofnek Road.
* Ragafellows has opened on Main Road in Hout Bay.
* The Dining Room has opened in Woodstock, by Karen Dudley.
* Knead has opened in the renovated Checkers in Sea Point.
* The Dogfather has opened in Sea Point.
* Giancarlo’s Deli has opened on Bree Street
* The Restaurant at Cape Point Vineyards has opened, with Chef Clayton Bell of the former Constantia Uitsig at the helm.
* Plant opens as a fully vegan restaurant on Buitengracht Street in February.
* Overgaauw Restaurant has opened, with owners Russel Wasserfall and Camilla Comins, previously of The Table at De Meye.
* Firebirds Restaurant & Deli has opened in Sea Point.
* The Thirsty Scarecrow has opened outside Stellenbosch.
* Sumo is opening in the Cape Royale hotel building.
* Melissa’s has opened at Frater’s Square in Paarl.
* Entrepreneur Michael Townsend (La Parada, Lucky Fish, Harbour House emporium) is opening a steak restaurant in Muizenberg.
* It’s a House in De Waterkant has closed.
* Constantia Uitsig has closed down. La Colombe and River Café appear to remain open.
* Simply Wholesome has closed down at the Woodstock Exchange and City Bowl Market.
* Café Chic in Gardens is closing down on 10 February.
* Love, Revenge, and Cappuccino has closed down in the V&A Waterfront.
* Apprentice in Stellenbosch has closed down.
* Season has closed down in Hermanus.
* Wakame is closing down in Green Point
* Newport Deli in Green Point is closing down
* Wafu is closing down in Green Point.
* Moyo in the V&A Waterfront is said to have closed down.
* La Chocolatier on Church Street in Stellenbosch has closed down.
Restaurant staff/venue changes
* Luke and Jessie Grant (ex-Nook in Stellenbosch) have taken over The Table at De Meye. The former Nook is now called Meraki.
* Chef Eric Bulpitt has opened The Restaurant at Newton Johnson, with Chef George Jardine of Jordan’s as his business partner.
* Morgenster is planning a new restaurant with an (very big name) international partner, a Café, a Deli, and accommodation, a project which is still in development phase, but is planned to roll out over the next 13 months. Sofia’s closed down on the wine and olive estate earlier this year.
* Mon Plaisir restaurant has closed down at Chamonix wine estate in Franschhoek. Reuben Riffel is the new operator of Racine. Chef Nico Pretorius is in the kitchen, previously from Reuben’s at One&Only Cape Town.
* Joanne and Peter Kunz have bought The Original Deli in Hermanus. It has been renamed Original Deli & Wine Lab.
* Le Coq has closed in Franschhoek, and Allora has moved into the space. There will be a hotel at the back of the building.
* Executive Chef Scott Shepherd has taken over the kitchen at Le Franschhoek hotel.
* Tasha’s has opened in the V&A Waterfront. where Mugg & Bean was.
* Voila (in Cape Quarter) has opened in the former Salt Deli space.
* Madeira Café has opened where Sofia’s was in Camps Bay.
* LUST is the new name of Cotage Fromage at Vrede en Lust, with Chef and artisanal baker Jean-Pierre Smith having returned.
* Good Food & Co has opened in Franschhoek, where the Franschhoek Food Emporium used to be.
* Le Bon Vivant @ Glenwood Bistro has opened where Okamai used to be.
* Fyndraai will be moving into a new restaurant building on Solms-Delta, making space for the current restaurant venue to become the tasting room.
* Haas is moving to Buitenkant Street.
* Casparus in Stellenbosch is changing, dropping its name, with Sgt Pepper moving in and Chef Etienne Bonthuys cooking for them.
* Mondiall has opened in the former Green Dolphin in the V&A Waterfront, with Chef Oliver Cattermole as Head Chef, and co-owned by Chef Peter Tempelhoff and Patrick Symington.
* True Italic has opened where Frieda’s used to be.
* Chef’s Warehouse & Cookery School is moving to 90 Bree Street, in the Cape Heritage hotel building, where Awestruck/Caveau used to be.
* Adrian Cook, formerly of Bon Amis at Bloemendal wine estate, has been appointed as Executive Chef, and Johann Breedt, previously of Westin Cape Town Executive Club, as Head Chef, both at Shimmy Beach Club.
* Chef Richie Tewnion has joined Kloof Street House as Executive Chef, having previously been at Woodcutters Arms in Hout Bay. He has worked for Jamie Oliver in London, at his Fifteen training restaurant.
* Judi Tewnion has taken over as Head Chef at Zenzero, Chef Neil Norman having left the restaurant again.
* The Table Bay Hotel has opened Camissa Restaurant in December, replacing the Conservatory Restaurant and Terrace and Palm Court.
* Bootlegger Coffee Company has opened where Caturra Coffee used to be on Regent Road in Sea Point.
* The Spur Corporation has bought the six Hussar Grill restaurants, and will expand the restaurant chain.
* Chef Maryna Frederiksen has left the Franschhoek Kitchen at Holden Manz, and has moved to Sacred Ground.
* Ristorante Posticino has opened a branch in Hout Bay, where Wild Woods used to be.
* After spending short periods of time at Glenwood and then at L’ermitage in Franschhoek, Chef Deon Sensei moved to the new Umi Japanese restaurant in Camps Bay in December. He has just left, to open his Funiki – Sensei’s Japanese Private Dining Experience.
* Miao Restaurant is to open in De Waterkant, where It’s a House was previously
* Manna Epicure has been bought by Agnés and Johannes van der Westhuizen, previously of Die Sitrus in Citrusdal.
* Chef Amber Deetlefs, previously with Pinotage restaurant in Beijing, has joined Paranga.
* Vida e Caffe is moving to the Food Court in the V&A Waterfront in April, from its longstanding location near Melissa’s.
* A preferred bidder for the moyo group of restaurants, which has been subject to ‘business rescue proceedings’ in the last four months, has been identified. The Fournews Development consortium has a number of restaurants, largely Johannesburg-based, including The News Café and Fusion Foods. It is planned that the existing moyo restaurants continue to operate with their brand.
* Chef Bruce Robertson is moving from Scarborough to Simon’s Town, opening The Flagship guest house and 16 seater restaurant.
* Massimo and Tracy are back at Massimo’s, after Massimo’s bone marrow transplant in Italy, and re-open on 7 March.
* Ocean Basket is opening in Camps Bay, where Bayside Café used to be.
* Chef Chris Erasmus is leaving Pierneef à La Motte in June, and is opening his own restaurant with his wife in Franschhoek in September.
* Seelan Restaurant & Bar is opening on Quay 5 in the V&A Waterfront. Chef Seelan was previously at Shimmy Beach Club.
* The Gallery Restaurant at South Hills has opened in Elgin, where Chef Gordon Manuel used to run his restaurant.
We welcome all restaurant news – please e-mail us at email@example.com
Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter:@WhaleCottage