Restaurants in Lockdown: some have closed down, others have moved towards Food Delivery & Collection, and Alcohol Sales, as Restaurant Sit-Down remains prohibited, June 2020.


While a few restaurants already announced their closure at the beginning of March, when the COVID-19 Virus Lockdown had not yet been announced, a flood of restaurant closures is expected when restaurants are allowed to reopen to the public in Level 1 again, at an unannounced date in the future.

An exciting start on the first day of Level 3 today is that Restaurants may offer a Food Collection service from their outlets. In addition, they may offer sealed bottles of alcoholic beverages for sale too, if they have a liquor license, enabling them to make some profit after two months of little trade. Many restaurants reopened at the beginning of May, when Level 4 Restaurant Food Delivery was announced.  A number of our Top 10 Restaurants are offering a Food Delivery Service.

Corona Virus Lockdown: Increasing number of Eat Out Top 10 Restaurants offering Home Food Delivery!

A shock closure announced by Chef Luke Dale Roberts during Lockdown Level 5 was that of The Shortmarket Club, and with it neighboring The Commissary. SMAK Delicatessen and Eatery on Bree Street, La Bottega in Woodstock, Empire Cafe in Muizenberg, Buitenverwachting Restaurant (under the guidance of Chef Edgar Osojnik for the past 20 years), and The Kitchen have also thrown in the towel, with many others (see below)

Chef Luke Dale Roberts’ The Shortmarket Club restaurant the first Corona Virus victim, in closing for good!

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.

The permission in Lockdown Level 4 since 1 May for restaurants to operate on a Take-Away Food Delivery basis became a lifeline for the many restaurants which reopened to grasp at this straw to assist in generating cash flow to pay some of their bills and to reemploy some of their staff. Many restaurants say it is not viable to offer such a service, and are waiting to reopen only when alcohol sales with Sit-Down service are allowed again. Many restaurants have very commendably cooking for the destitute until they can reopen properly. The 500 plus restaurants that have reopened for Food Delivery and/or Collection in Cape Town and the Winelands follow below, a listing which I have created on a new Facebook Page:

Corona Virus Lockdown: SA moves to level 4, hundreds of restaurants open to offer home food delivery; over 100 in greater Cape Town area



A section of my list was butchered out of my monthly Restaurant update Blogpost earlier this week, without permission or acknowledgement. The list of restaurant closures is divided into closures before and during Lockdown. In my Blogpost is a list too of restaurants that opened in the previously closed restaurant spaces, but the plagiarist didn’t bother to include these in the list sent out.

Restaurants in Lockdown: some have closed down, others have moved towards Food Delivery & Collection, and Alcohol Sales, as Restaurant Sit-Down remains prohibited, June 2020.

Some restaurants like Peppertree Café closed down, but decided to reopen with a new owner from Monday, with Level 3 allowing Deli’s and Collections.

It is sad that everyone is excited to read a Bad news list and share it widely, rather than questioning why no writer is credited. And not happy that about 550 restaurants in the Cape are OPEN for Food and Alcohol Deliveries and Collections, listed in the Facebook Group I created at the beginning of Level 4.


Restaurant closures before Lockdown

#   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.

#   Macau has closed down.

#   The House of H has closed down

#   HQ and Roast Chicken have closed down.

#   The Commissary has closed.

#.  Riverine Rabbit has closed down, with Chef Ash Heeger having moved to the UK.


Restaurant Closures since Lockdown:

#   The Shortmarket Club has closed down

#    La Bottega in Woodstock has closed down.

#    Empire Café in Muizenberg has closed down.

#    SMAK Delicatessen and Eatery has closed down.

#    Buitenverwachting Restaurant has closed down in Constantia.

#   The Deli Coffee Co in the V & A Waterfront

#   Under Oaks, Paarl

#   Craft Burger Bar, Sea Point,

#.  The Butcher, Camps Bay

#   La Franca, Gardens

#   Go Go, Bree Street

#   Mug & Bean, Steers, Fishaways, Bayside Mall

#   The Butcher, Sea Point

#.  Cold Gold Artisanal ice-cream

#   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

#   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

#   The Larder, Claremont

#  Café Blouberg,  Bloubergstrand

#   Jason’s, Bree Street Branch

#   Koffi Terapi, Durbanville

#  Blasters Family Restaurant, Cape Gate.

#  Fláva, Wilderness



Cape Town restaurant openings (pre-Lockdown)

#  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

#  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. (Photograph)

#  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 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.

#  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 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.

#  Dahlia on Regent has opened in Sea Point.

#  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,

#  Fire Monkey has opened in Claremont, the newest restaurant owned by Chef Cheyne Morrisby.

#. 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.

#   Vicious Virgin rum bar has opened in Wale Street, serving light meals too.

#   Chef Jan-Hendrik’s new KLEIN JAN restaurant in the Kalahari Desert is to open in November 2020.

Chef Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen’s new KLEIN JAN Restaurant at Tswalu Kalahari opens its doors for a first peek inside!

#.  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 Chef’s Warehouse on Bree, being in the same building.

#   Ciao Pizza, Long Street.


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 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. (Main Photograph)

#  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, 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.


Restaurant News

  1. Chef Calvyn Metior is the new Executive Chef at Monneaux Restaurant, previously Head Chef at La Motte.
  2. Chef Kayla-Ann Osborn has left The Chef’s Table in Umhlanga.
  3. Chef Scott Armstrong has rejoined JAN Restaurant in Nice as Sous Chef.
  4. Chef Nico Vorster has left La Paris Bistro outside Franschhoek.
  5. Bossa Stellenbosch and Die Strandloper suffered extensive fire damage recently.
  6. Chef Bell McCleod has left Bones in Woodstock.
  7. Chef Henry and Mari Vigar have left La Mouette, now owned by Gerrit Bruwer, and have moved to take over their restaurant Upper Bloem in Green Point.
  8.  Chef Neill Anthony Vaughn has been appointed as the Culinary Advisor to La Mouette.


Photograph: La Colombe, one of their Food Delivery Dining-In Experience courses.


Details of new restaurants opening, and of restaurant closures, are highly appreciated.


Chris von Ulmenstein, WhaleTales Blog: Tel +27 082 55 11 323 Twitter:@Ulmenstein Facebook: Chris von Ulmenstein Instagram: @Chrissy_Ulmenstein

9 replies on “Restaurants in Lockdown: some have closed down, others have moved towards Food Delivery & Collection, and Alcohol Sales, as Restaurant Sit-Down remains prohibited, June 2020.”

  1. Hilary Dennis says:

    So useful – Thank you. Chi Cha on Main Road, Sea Point near Three Wise Monkeys also closed pre-lockdown. Such a pity – great wine selection and tapas. Wednesday’s profiling of an estate.

  2. Brandon says:

    Also Mugg and Bean in Constantia – now the wine section of Spar

  3. Bertus Basson at Spice Route didn’t close they terminated their agreement with Spice route and Jewells restaurant associated with Chefs Warehouse group took over. Have been there many times pre lockdown

    • Hi Brandon

      Thank you for your interest in my post.

      I record restaurant brands opening and closing. Whether a restaurant closes due to a lease ending, or the restaurateur terminating still means the restaurant has closed, as it is not operating under that name any more.

      Jewell’s is listed in the new openings list. It has no link to Bertus Basson’s brand.

      I keep the listing of restaurants opening and closing for quite a while, so that it is a reminder to my Blog readers as to the movement in the restaurant industry.

      Maybe we can chat more over a glass of wine when we are allowed to again.


  4. Jesse says:

    Between Us is absolutely open for business!
    We are doing our best to clear every hurdle imposed by this pandemic and fake news feels like an unnecessary addition! The closures are heartbreaking, but we feel more worthwhile would be a list of places that are OPEN and in need of your support.
    Beginning here! Please add and send on!
    # Between Us
    # il Leone
    # Molten Toffee
    # Mill and Press
    # Cafe Frank
    # Arthur’s Mini Super
    # Sababa
    # Fyn

    • My sincere apology. The information came from a Facebook post I saw. I have corrected the error.

      I have started a Facebook Group of over 500 restaurants in the Cape that are OPEN and doing Deliveries/Collections. I have added Between Us to the list. Please feel free to post. There is no charge.

      My apology once again.

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