It was a surprise message from Chef Gregory Czarnecki this morning that his Restaurant at Waterkloof will close down on 22 November, a Covid casualty. His future plans nor those of the restaurant space at the Waterkloof Winery are not yet known. Chef Gregory opened the restaurant eleven years ago, and he soon became known for his magnificent food presentation, and for his desserts in particular.
Restaurant at Waterkloof was named the number one restaurant in our country in the Eat Out Top 10 Awards in 2018. Last year it was ranked third on the list.
I ate at the restaurant soon after it opened and was blown away:
In a typed note the announcement was posted on Facebook this morning:
It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing the closure of the Restaurant at Waterkloof. Despite all of our efforts to keep the restaurant afloat, our dream alive and to pursue our passion in these strange and difficult times, it has become impossible for us to follow our business model.
When I started this journey at Waterkloof 11 years ago, I could not have ever conceived that it would end this way. It is unfortunately a battle that we can no longer keep fighting and so, we have decided to hang up our aprons.
From starting out as the ‘new kid on the block’ to becoming the best restaurant in the country, Waterkloof has been an amazing journey filled with memories that I will treasure forever. It has helped me grow as a chef and made me who I am today.
My thoughts are with my entire team, some of whom have been with me from the very beginning. I want to thank them all for their hard work, commitment and dedication to their craft. I deeply regret the effect that this closure will have on them. I hope our paths cross again in the near future. With great challenges, sometimes, come great opportunities.
I wish to sincerely thank everybody who has been supportive of us throughout these wonderful years. You were the reason we kept pushing boundaries and enjoyed sharing what we loved the most.
Our last service will be lunch on Sunday 22 November, so please join us for a final experience before we say farewell.
Gregory Czarnecki & The Restaurant team’
I wish Chef Gregory and his talented Chef team all the best for the future.
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