The poor economic conditions in our country currently is manifesting in the very few new restaurants opening for the new summer season, most such new openings usually taking place in September. Where many new restaurants are opening, they are changing the name and concept of existing ones, rather than being brand new, or adding other restaurants in a restaurant group’s portfolio.
Two exciting top-end restaurant openings are those of Exhibit A (owned by highly acclaimed Chef Rikku O’Donnchü and Chef Warwick King, who left Gåte restaurant earlier this year), opening in the city centre on 1 November; and of La Chêne at Leeu Estates in Franschhoek. Interesting is that a number of new restaurants have opened on Kloof Street, our former Cape Town Restaurant Street before Bree Street took over,
Cape Town restaurant openings
# Exhibit A fine dining restaurant opens on the 3rd floor of the Villa 47 building in the city centre on 1 November, for lunch and dinner (Photograph of Snoek and caviar topped vetkoek 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 is opening in De Waterkant and 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 if 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 is to open on Bree Street.
# Chef Seelan Sundoo is opening Three Wise Monkeys on Kloof Street.
# Step Brothers has opened in Bantry Bay
# 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.
# 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.
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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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