The flood of new restaurant openings continues, especially in Cape Town. Surprising was the closure yesterday of the three-month old Ranoushe Lebanese restaurant in the V&A Waterfront, the shortest restaurant duration we know of! We update information about newly opened and closed restaurants continuously.
# Benguela on Main has opened in Somerset West, with Chef Jean Delport
# Chef Luke Dale-Roberts has opened Naturalis, as an ‘incubation hub’, for lunches, and a venue for occasional dinners and events. (NOTE: Naturalis is currently closed for lunches, and will re-open as a Wine Bar in the evenings when it has received its liquor licence).
# The Harbour House Group is planning to open two new restaurants on the Muizenberg beachfront: a 160-seater Live Bait (has opened), and Howlin’ Wolf, a burger and beer quick service restaurant
# Chef Luke Dale-Roberts has opened a pop-up Luke Dale-Roberts at The Saxon inside five hundred, becoming a permanent restaurant from May onwards.
# Melissa’s is opening in Franschhoek in May, and in Camps Bay later this year.
# Charango Grill & Bar Peruvian restaurant is to become a franchise operation.
# David Higgs is to open his 250-seater Marble restaurant in Rosebank in Johannesburg in May. His business partner in the venture is Gary Kyriakou. Chef Werner Spöhr has joined them.
# Sundoo Indian tapas bar has opened in Sea Point, by Seelan Sundoo.
# Tiger’s Milk is to open in the SanClare Building in Claremont, in Century City, in Stellenbosch, in Bryanston in Johannesburg, and in Dubai.
# Mon Desir has opened in Hermanus.
# Betty Blue Bistro has opened in Hermanus
# Springfontein Barn has opened outside Stanford, serving German bar food.
# Bread & Butter Co has opened in Paarl
# Bouchon Bistro has opened in Dorrance Cellar.
# Chef Bertus Basson is opening a new informal open-fire restaurant on Hidden Valley, alongside Overture.
# Yours Truly has opened new branches on Hout Street and on Loop Street.
# Raya Kitchen by Kitima has opened in the city centre.
# The Kove Collection has opened Dalliance Restaurant & Bar in the V&A Waterfront
# Floreal Brasserie has opened at Marianne Wine Estate in Stellenbosch
# The Tasteroom and Brewery has opened at Darling Breweries
# Dudley’s Larder has opened in McGregor
# The Press Burgers and Craft Beer has opened in Sea Point
# Nooka Café vegetarian restaurant has opened.
# Harbour House is to open in Johannesburg
# Sexy Food has opened on Bree Street
# Arcade Resto-Bar has opened on Bree Street
# Hard Rock Café is said to open in the V&A Waterfront.
# Big Box Board Games Café has opened in Gardens.
# Little Saint has opened on Bree Street
# Marigold Indian restaurant is to open in Franschhoek in winter.
# Chef Luke Dale-Roberts is to open Short Market Club in May
# Honeybadger has opened on Loop Street.
# Benguela Cove Pop-Up Restaurant has opened outside Hermanus, until March.
# Barney’s Deli has opened in Hout Bay.
# Nomad has opened in Stellenbosch, with Chef Marile van Niekerk
# ASH restaurant is opening inside Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants/Publik, with Chef Ash Heeger, returning to Cape Town.
# Restaurant Jardine has opened in Stellenbosch, the kitchen headed up by Chef Brendan Thorncroft, owner Chef George Jardine alternating between the new restaurant and Jordan Restaurant.
# Folk Coffee Anthropology has opened on Bree Street.
# La Petite Ferme has opened a Tapas Bistro.
# Jason’s Bakery has opened a new branch on Loop Street
# Café Pavé has opened at Camberley Wine Estate, Helshoogte Pass, Stellenbosch, with Chefs Sidwell Yarrow and Angelique Dreyer.
# Jamie’s Italian is to open in Cape Town next year.
# Knus Karoo Kombuis is opening in Paarl
# Villa 47 has opened on Bree Street, with Locando restaurant on the ground floor. Stuzzico Italian finger-food and bar opens on the second floor, and The Restaurant ‘fine dining with a twist‘ on the third floor, with Chefs Clayton Bell and Vittorio Bianchi.
# Guts & Gizzards has opened on Loop Street.
# Dunkin’ Donuts will open 250 outlets in our country, the first four in Cape Town.
# Crumbs & Cream has opened on Regent Road in Sea Point.
# [spasie] Upstairs is opening on Bree Street in April
# Madison Ave Night Club is opening in April
# Rafiki’s Bar is closing down at the end of summer.
# Andiamo in the Cape Quarter has closed down.
# Emily’s on Kloof Street has closed down.
# Voila has closed in Cape Quarter.
# The Flagship in Simonstown, formerly the restaurant of the late Bruce Robinson, is closing on 15 April.
# Beau Vine in Constantia appears to have closed down.
# Tuscany Beach in Camps Bay is closed for renovations. A new restaurant with a new name will open in November.
# Ranoushe restaurant has closed down.
# Crisp in Franschhoek closes down at the end of March, to make space for the new Woolworths.
# Freres Bistro has been sold, and is currently closed.
# Active Sushi in Portside on Bree Street has closed.
# Vida e Caffe in Portside on Bree Street has closed.
# Chandani has closed.
# La Parada and Harbour House are opening in the former Constantia Nek restaurant building.
# The Salmon Bar has closed temporarily, until it can find new premises in Franschhoek.
# The General Store has opened on Bree Street
# Food We Love has opened in Woodstock
# Breakaway Café has opened where Keenwä used to be
# Reuben’s Franschhoek will move to new premises when its lease expires, and its space is to become a Woolworths. It is said to close for renovations at the end of April.
# Chef Jenny Morris has opened Yumcious Café for Breakfast and Lunch, where Celtic Cove used to be in the Cape Quarter.
# Bar Bar Black Sheep has re-opened in Riebeek Kasteel, with new owners John and Susanna Tecklenburg.
# OYO at V&A Hotel will close in May, for a few months, for a complete renovation.
# Dropkick Murphys has opened on Kloof Street, where GourmetBoerie used to be.
# Clarke’s is opening a pizza section.
# The Stack will re-open mid-2016, after renovations due to fire damage.
# Greek Fisherman has moved to a new location in the V&A Waterfront.
# Bootlegger has opened where Voila was in the Cape Quarter.
# The Harbour House Group is to take over The Grand Camps Bay.
# Chef Johann Breedt has bought Viva Cafê in Green Point, which is to be renamed Bernie’s.
# SMAK Deli has opened where Tribakery used to be, on Bree Street.
# You are There has opened on Regent Road in Sea Point.
# Maggie’s Café has opened in Green Point, where 65 on Main operated, owned by Chef Riaan Burger, previously of Mondiall.
# Sababa has changed the name of its Bree Street branch back to its original name, after trading as Olami for a short while.
# Tiger’s Milk Smokehouse is opening where Emily’s used to be on Kloof Street.
# Chef’s Warehouse’s Streetfood has closed, and been replaced by their No Reservations Bar!
# The Long Table Restaurant and Café at Haskell Vineyards closes on 27 March, and will re-open after 4 – 6 weeks of renovation, upgrade, and general maintenance, to be run by the winery itself when it re-opens.
# La Cuccina is to open an outlet in the former Andiamo in the ‘old’ Cape Quarter in April.
# Strolla is the new restaurant in the Peninsula All-Suite Hotel, operated by the notorious Brendon Crew
# Kan10 is opening in De Warenmarkt, offering lunches, ‘grab-and-go’, and dinners, with Chefs Nic van Wyk and Westley Muller.
# The Bakery @ Jordan will no longer be operated by Chef George Jardine from 3 May onwards. It will be taken over by Jordan Winery.
Chef and Restaurant staff changes
# Chef Craig Patterson has joined The President hotel.
# Chef Lucas Carstens of Cuvée has moved to Makaron, with Chef Pete Goffe-Wood appointed as Consultant.
# Chef Ryan Shell is now at Vergenoegd wine estate.
# Carolize Coetzee is the new chef at Cuvee at Simonsig.
# Chef Etienne Wessels has left the Grande Roche, and has joined Ulusaba.
# Chef Andres Condé has left the Harbour House Group.
# Chef Kyle Haytread has joined Oude Werf.
# Chef Adrian Buchanan is the new Head Chef at 96 Winery Road.
# Chef Stefan du Bruyn has joined Café BonBon
# Restaurant Manager Martin Drotsky has left the Cape Grace hotel, to join Katsuya by Stark in Doha in Qatar as GM.
# Chef Westley Muller has left The Orangerie at Le Lude.
# Chef Hylton Espey has left Equus restaurant at Cavalli, as has his Sous Chef Anwar. Chef Calun Anderson has taken over.
# Chef Angelo Scirocco has left Chef’s Warehouse.
# Chef Garth Almazan is said to be leaving Catharina’s at Steenberg.
# Chef Warwick Taylor has left Creation, with Chef Jaco Grové being the new Executive Chef.
# Chef Ivor Jones is said to be leaving The Test Kitchen.
# Neill Beningfield and Kyle Gray are the new owners of Eat @ Altydgedacht.
# Open Door at Contantia Uitsig now serves Breakfast.
# Imibala restaurant in Somerset West now serves dinner on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings.
# Tokara Delicatessen now serves Dinner on Saturday evenings.
# The Belmond Mount Nelson has introduced evening High Tea, from 18h00 – 21h30, at R295.
# Pierneef à La Motte now offers Sunday Family Lunch at R 295.
# La Petite Ferme is now open for dinner on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings.
# Leeu House in Franschhoek now is available for meals to non-residents, subject to availability.
# Haute Cabriere will open for lunch on Mondays from 29 February.
# Boston has received its liquor licence.
# Long Table restaurant at Haskell closes for minor renovations in April.
# Le Quartier Français will be closed for maintenance from 19 June – 15 July.
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