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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 15 of Level 1, 5 October 2020.


Monday 5 October 2020, Day 15 of Level 1, Day 193 of Lockdown. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for such a fabulous Monday and start to a new week; for being spoilt with two restaurant invitations for today, the reopening day of Yumcious of Chef Jennifer Morris, and at Homespun by Matt in Bloubergstrand; for Henry finding Maya’s Sarong at the bottom of the pool when he cleaned it today; for a lovely weather day after a misty start; for a short sunset walk in Bloubergstrand, my only walk of the day; for a quick catfood shop at Checkers in Sea Point, offering by far the best Whiskas prices compared to Pick n Pay and TakeaLot, but such a pity that the service is so bad; for meeting such nice persons at our joint table at the Secret Supper Club at Homespun by Matt; for getting home safely from Blouberg just before curfew; for there being no damage to my car after last night’s taxi incident; and for being happy and healthy.🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Cape Town and Winelands Restaurant Closures slow down, a few have reopened, new restaurants are opening – October 2020.;


Slowly the Lockdown has become the new norm, and there is little reason for Restaurants to not be open and trading, despite the lack of tourists from overseas. The opening of the country’s International borders, albeit only as of 1 October, appears to have had little impact on the Restaurant industry to date.

On my latest Restaurant Closure list I have 73 Restaurants in Cape Town and the Winelands which have closed down, an increase of only 3 Restaurant Closures in the past month. Clarke’s and Dahlia on Regent announced their permanent closure, but have reopened. Continue reading →

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 13 of Level 1, 3 October 2020.


Saturday 3 October 2020, Day 13 of Level 1, Day 191 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a near perfect weather day, after what we have been through this week, with only a slight breeze, at 22C; for a peaceful first walk through Camps Bay, with a Pick n Pay shop, spending my Discovery voucher on cat food in the main; for a lovely Vit D snooze on the terrace; for a surprise visit from Anne Marie von Tielmann and her son, whom I hadn’t seen since the beginning of the year, seeing her when she walked past while I was dressing Maya in a new Sarong; for a crazy second Camps Bay walk; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 3 of Level 1, 23 September 2020.


Wednesday 23 September, Day 3 of Level 1, Day 181 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a hot summer day, at 26C, loving the sun, even braving getting into the pool at Maison Montagne this afternoon; for a special sunrise at 6h00 this morning; lovely breakfast served out on the terrace; for a busy day, checking out all the changes on the main road of Franschhoek, especially the restaurants; for a meeting with Chefs Darren Badenhorst and Ryan Shell to hear about their new restaurant projects in Franschhoek, very exciting news; for being spared buying a dress when I was very willing and keen, but not finding the perfect one 😱; for a fantastic lunch at Orangerie at Le Lude, the most professional dining venue which I have experienced in Franschhoek, fully booked today with the gorgeous weather, most customers sitting outside; for being able to congratulate Orangerie Chef Nicolene Barrow on her engagement, and to present her with a bottle of ADHARA extra virgin olive oil, given the calibre of her restaurant and cooking; for the Masquerade owner Martie helping me with little gift bags for the purchase of 💙 soaps from her shop; for bumping into Vanie Padayachee and Eleanor Kerwan, hearing their news; for a lovely snack cheese and wine dinner with Llewellyn on the terrace, tasting two lovely Dieu Donne wines, a Henriette Viognier and a Rosé, the former having a lovely Heritage story in honour of Dieu Donné owner Robert Maingard’s late mother; for winning 350 Miles in two Discovery Gameboard plays; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 31 of Level 2, 17 September 2020.


Thursday 17 September 2020, Day 31 of Level 2, Day 175 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for sun, sun, sun, after a misty morning, with a slight chill in the 17C day; for a late sleep in, having written today’s Blogpost last night; for a walk in Camps Bay, making a leg waxing appointment for tomorrow, shopping at Woolies, and collecting discount vouchers from Tindlovu; for learning more about the cost of electricity in our apartment block, after the Power Audit was done; for having the patience in filling in more forms to be registered with CATHSSETA as a Tourist Guide, a challenging career when it comes to all the governmental paperwork prescriptions; for dropping off the forms at the lecturer’s house in Rondebosch, combining it with a number of other stops in the city, including buying my first alcohol in almost six months of Lockdown, having run out of Jameson; for more fantastic service from PnP Clothing in The Point in Sea Point; for a slice of carrot cake and tea and company from the lovely staff member at Bokeh Creative Space, looking forward to dancing there soon Adrian Lazarus; for popping in at Oxalis Eatery to drop off a bottle of ADHARA extra virgin olive oil, with four female owners of the restaurant, which opened in late August; for a half an hour stop at Pilcrow & Cleaver, having a glass of Valley Pinot Noir and a Scallop Ceviche with Orange segments, pine nuts and sultanas, oh wow…; for ending off the day with a first visit to the home of Stuart Bailey, loving my Jameson 🥃; for a Discovery Insure Fuel Cashback; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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President Cyril Ramaphosa announces that SA moves to Level 1 from 20 September at midnight, with easing of international travel and other restrictions!


President Ramaphosa announced the news that all South Africans have been waiting for, namely the easing of the country to Alert Level 1 from Sunday 20 September at midnight.  Excellent news is that international borders will be reopened, with strict conditions, as will local restrictions for gatherings and entertainment be eased, to 50% of its capacity. The Curfew hours will change to midnight until 4h00. Continue reading →

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 18 of Level 2, 4 September 2020.


Friday 4 September 2020, Day 18 of Level 2, Day 162 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a very successful and well organized day, having written my Blogpost for the day last night already; for getting my head together in writing a summary of issues relating to overcharging by Sandak-Lewin in numerous respects, needed for a meeting with my lawyer this afternoon; for not having Loadshedding at 12h00, giving me extra time to complete my summary, and to do a walk through Camps Bay, so excited to see Firefly open today, only serving beverages this weekend, and food from Monday onwards; for a quick pop in at Dinkel Bakery to get my favourite poppy seed roll; for fetching my restrung pearl bracelets from FreeRange; for a very productive meeting about Sandak-Lewin with my lawyer, finding it hilarious that they are managing agents for the Keerom Street building in which my lawyer has her chambers too, and she had little nice to say about them as well; for a shop in the Garden’s Centre; for a second Camps Bay walk, seeing The 41 and Mantra Café having reopened today; for being invited to The 41 by Marius Blanc as I walked past, not only offered an Aperol Spritz but also gifted a brightly designed mask; for a lovely sunset, taking photographs at the Tidal Pool; for a lovely 18C sunny day; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Updated list of Restaurants which have reopened since the lifting of the Alcohol ban!


Not all restaurants in Cape Town and the Winelands reopened immediately after the lifting of the Alcohol ban on 18 August. A number of finer dining establishments held back, and have reopened of late, or are doing so later this month.

Below is an updated list of restaurants that have announced their first Sit-Down service since the start of Lockdown, followed by the List that have been operating a Sit-Down Service since the start of Advanced Level 3 on 29 June.


PLEASE NOTE: it is not cool to copy and paste my full or a part of my lists of Restaurants below without my permission or credit to me! You are welcome to share my Blogpost as a whole. 


Latest Restaurant reopenings

Bouchon Bistro, CBD

Gigi Rooftop at Gorgeous George, CBD

FYN Restaurant, CBD

Aubergine Restaurant, Gardens

Salsify at The Roundhouse, Camps Bay (weekends only)

The 41, Camps Bay (4 September)

Hard Rock Café, Camps Bay

The Bungalow, Clifton

Decameron, Stellenbosch

Jardine’s, Stellenbosch

Overture, Stellenbosch

De Warenmarkt, Stellenbosch

Restaurant at Waterkloof, Somerset West (mid-September)

Wolfgat, Paternoster

Ocean Basket, Camps Bay

Entrée, Franschhoek

Tintswalo Kitchen, Tintswalo Atlantic, Hout Bay

Prim Reddy Chapter, Table View

SeaBreeze, Bree Street

Batavia Café, Bo-Kaap (new owners)

Chocolate Bistro, Durbanville

Chefs Warehouse at Maison, Franschhoek

Blanko, Alphen Hotel

The Test Kitchen (October)

Greenhouse Restaurant, Cellars-Hohenhort

Cowboys & Cooks, De Waterkant

Chefs Warehouse & Canteen, Bree Street

Gibson’s Gourmet Burgers, Waterfront

Firefish, Waterfront

Bones, The Palms

The Wild Fig

TrenchTown, Observatory

La Mouette, Sea Point

French Connection Bistro, Franschhoek.

Wolfgat, Paternoster

Anatoli, De Waterkant

Nelson’s Eye, Gardens

Woolworths WCafé, Waterfront

The Grand Africa & Café, Granger Bay


Restaurant reopenings since 29 June

City Centre/CBD

Vicious Virgin Bar, Wale Street

Tiger’s Milk, Kloof Street

Grub & Vine, Bree Street (9/7)

The Chef’s Studio, Bree Street (10/7)

Café Charles, De Waterkant

Osteria Tarantino, De Waterkant

Liquorice & Lime, Kloof Street

Arnold’s, Kloof Street

Peppertree Café, Kloof Street

Kloof Street House, Kloof Street

Yours Truly, Kloof Street

Manna Epicure, Kloof Street

Black Sheep, Kloof Street

Knead Bakery, Kloof Street

Dinkel Bakery, Kloofnek Road

El Burro Taqueria, Kloofnek Road

Izakaya Matsuri, The Rockwell, Green Point.

The Cousins, Barrack Street

RCaffe, Long Street


The Woodlands Eatery, Vredehoek

Pilcrow & Cleaver, Parliament Street

Cafe Zör, Bo-Kaap

Villa Portuguese Tavern, Gardens

Cattle Baron, De Waterkant

Surfa Rosa, Harrington Street

Belly of the Beast, Harrington Street

KONG Bar & Grill, De Waterkant

Truth Coffee, Buitengracht Street

Freddie Freeloader, Salt River

Col’Cacchio, V&A Waterfront

Den Anker, V&A Waterfront

DipnDip, V&A Waterfront

Willoughby’s, V&A Waterfront

Si, Silo District, V&A Waterfront

Mozambik, V&A Waterfront

Tasha’s Waterfront

Plant Café, Buiten Street

Woodstock Lounge, Woodstock

The Mash Tun, Woodstock

Scarpetta, Woodstock

Pot Luck Club, Woodstock

Bootlegger Garden’s Centre, Harrington Street, 112 Kloof Street, KSV Kloof Street, Woodstock Quarter, Aquarium, Salt River

The Dry Dock Taverna, Paarden Eiland

Honest Chocolate Café, Wale Street

Folk Café, Bree Street

Villa 47, Bree Street

Restaurant Review: Villa 47 offers a fabulous feast, excellent Lockdown Winter Special!

Iron Steak & Bar, Bree Street

Burger & Lobster, Bree Street

Love thy Neighbour, Kloof Street

District Café, Woodstock

Bean Tree Café, Observatory

Eatstanbul, Gardens

The Dog’s Bollocks, Gardens

Lazari, Gardens

Miller’s Thumb, Gardens

The Public House, Gardens

Robin Hood Burgergrill, Gardens

Ben Wei, Gardens

Fat Cactus, Gardens

Osteria Tarantino, De Waterkant

Hemelhuijs, Waterkant Str

Bouchon Bistro, Hout Street

Societi Bistro, Orange Street

JC Brasserie & Pub, Zonnebloem

Dias Tavern Portuguese Restaurant, Zonnebloem


Sea Grill


Coimbra Bakery/Pie in the Sky Bakery

Fat Cactus, Mowbray

Ben Wei, Wembley Square


Atlantic Seaboard

La Mouette, Sea Point.

Posticino, Sea Point

Avron’s Place, Sea Point

Sundoo, Sea Point

My Sugar, Sea Point

Syriana Middle Eastern Restaurant, Sea Point

Duchess of Wisbeach, Sea Point

Persian Peacock, Sea Point

The Shop, Sea Point

Ubon Thai, Sea Point

NV-80, Sea Point

The Press, Sea Point

Regent Burger Bar, Sea Point

Ninety One – Indian Restaurant, Sea Point

Goldies, Sea Point

Mischu Coffee, Sea Point

Mykonos Taverna, Sea Point

Moro, Sea Point

My Sugar, Sea Point

Coco Safar, Sea Point

Gelato Mania, Sea Point

Brad’s Grill, Sea Point

Tao’s Yum Dim Sum & Crazy, Mojo Market, Sea Point

Mishy Coffee, Sea Point

LandsCape Art Garden Centre Coffee Shop, Sea Point

Rockpool, Three Anchor Bay

Stepbrothers, Bantry Bay

La Belle Camps Bay

SurfShack, Camps Bay

Bilbao, Camps Bay

Paranga, Camps Bay

Col’Cacchio, Camps Bay,

Dizzy’s, Camps Bay

Caprice, Camps Bay

Mynt Restaurant & Bar, Camps Bay

Vida e Caffe, Camps Bay

Tiger’s Milk, Camps Bay

Plant, Camps Bay,

Sunset Session, Camps Bay

Kauai, Camps Bay

Primi, Camps Bay (opening next week)

Zenzero, Camps Bay

Hussar Grill, Camps Bay

The Bungalow, Clifton (week of 13/7)

Lily’s, Mouille Point

Bobo’s, Mouille Point

Sotano, Mouille Point

Hussar Grill, Mouille Point

Giovanni’s, Mouille Point

The Butcher Shop & Grill, Mouille Point

Sawadee Thai, Green Point

Cafe Extrablatt, Green Point

Mano’s, Green Point

Pigalle, Green Point (opening 10/7)

El Burro, Green Point

Posticino, Hout Bay

Suikerbossie, Hout Bay

Eat Restaurant, Hout Bay Manor, Hout Bay

Cheyne’s, Hout Bay

Massimo’s, Hout Bay

Quentin at Oakhurst Barn, Hout Bay

Restaurant Review: Quentin at Oakhurst Barn serves Cape Country Cuisine, blends Brit & Boer in his eclectic decor!

La Cuccina, Hout Bay

Deus Café, Hout Bay

Indian Oven, Hout Bay

Delish, Hout Bay

Souvla Stix, Hout Bay

Woodcutter’s Arms, Hout Bay

Cassaregio, Hout Bay

Pelican, Hout Bay

Mariner’s Wharf, Hout Bay

Bugatti’s, Hout Bay

Dunes, Hout Bay

Deus Café, Hout Bay

Papino’s, Hout Bay

Caffiene, Hout Bay

Bootlegger Bakoven, Cape Quarter, Green Point, Point Mall, Sea Point, Three Anchor Bay,

Tintswalo Kitchen, Hout Bay

Tintswalo Kitchen Restaurant opens to local diners, for lunch and dinner, kitchen headed up by former Shortmarket Club chef!

Southern Suburbs

La Belle, Alphen Hotel, Constantia

Blanco, Alphen Hotel, Constantia

La Colombe, Constantia

La Parada, Constantia Nek

Blanco, Constantia (6/7)

Foxcroft, Constantia

Cattle Baron, Constantia

Tasha’s, Constantia

Botanicum, Constantia

Jonkershuis, Groot Constantia, Constantia

Knead, Constantia

Pedlars Deli, Constantia

The Bay Restaurant at False Bay Restaurant, Constantia

Ellen Jay, Constantia Fabrics, Constantia

The Blockhouse Kitchen, Constantia

The Skotness, Norval Foundation, Constantia (9/7)

The Clubhouse @ Claremont Cricket Club, Constantia

Tryn, Steenberg, Constantia

Nest Deli, Constantia Uitsig, Constantia

Botanicum, Constantia

Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia (26/7)

Tiger’s Milk, Muizenberg

Lucky Fish & Chips, Muizenberg

Knead, Muizenberg

Lucky Fish n Chips, Kalk Bay

Cape to Cuba, Kalk Bay

Harbour House, Kalk Bay

Dalebrook Café, Kalk Bay

Lekker, Kalk Bay

Sirocco, Kalk Bay

Olympia Café & Deli, Kalk Bay

The Courtyard Café, Kalk Bay

Harbour House, Kalk Bay

Ohana Café, Kalk Bay

Satori Italian, Hout Bay

Kalky’s Fish & Chips, Kalk Bay

Fynkos Kirstenbosch Tea Room, Kirstenbosch

The Deli at AP Jones, Fish Hoek

Imperial Gardens Restaurant, Fish Hoek

Fran’s Place, Simon’s Town

Saveur Restaurant, Simon’s Town

The Lighthouse Café, Simon’s Town

Dixie’s Restaurant, Glencairn

Saltwater Grill, Pinelands

Magica Roma, Pinelands

Cattle Baron, Pinelands

Pizzeria Villagio, Pinelands

Quince, Diep River

Restaurant Review: There are no quinces on the menu at Quince Restaurant, poor Covid compliance!

Bee Jay’s Restaurant, Plumstead

Al’s Place, Rondebosch

Col’Cacchio, Cavendish, Claremont

Mugg & Bean, Cavendish, Claremont

Knead Vineyard Road, Claremont

Toscana Pizza, Claremont

The Lime Tree Café, Bergvliet

Mykonos Taverna, Newlands

Mama Roma, Newlands

Basilica, Newlands

Copper Club Eatery, Newlands

Knead Dean Street, Newlands

Hussar Grill, Rondebosch

Fresh Ayres Restaurant, Mowbray

Knead Palmyra

Bootlegger Claremont, Kenilworth, Tokai, Muizenberg, Kalk Bay

Moksh Indian Restaurant, Kenilworth

Jakes on the Common, Noordhoek

Whole Earth Café, Scarborough

Tashreeqa’s, Crawford

The Eatery Woodfired Grill

Olive Branch, Diep River

The View at the Terrace at Chart Farm, Wynberg

Four & Twenty Café, Wynberg


Northern Suburbs

Saltwater Grill, Durbanville

RocoMamas, Durbanville

Tables at Nitida, Durbanville

Cattle Baron, Durbanville

Everts Opstal, Durbanville

The Olive Bistro, Durbanville

Carlucci’s, Meerendal, Durbanville

Hillcrest Restaurant, Durbanville

Knead, Durbanville

Bossa, Durbanville

Cattle Baron Van Riebeekshof, Koelenhof

Café Chameleon,

Knead Panorama

Cattle Baron, Plattekloof

Silver Spur, Bellville

Yummy Zone, Bellville

Tiger’s Milk, Blouberg

Ons Huisie, Blouberg

Jerry’s, Blouberg

Cattle Baron, Table View

McPherson’s, Table View

Driftwood Café, Table View

Primi, Table View

Blowfish, Table View

Cape Town Fish Market, Big Bay

Cattle Baron, Tyger Waterfront

Ocean Basket, N1 City

Café Latino, N1 City

Panarotti’s, N1 City

Texas Spur, N1 City

Navaho Spur, Brackenfell

Ocean Basket, Glengarry

Ocean Basket, Plattekloof


RocaMamas, Willowbridge

Cafe Latino, Willowbridge

Primi, Canal Walk

RocaMamas, Canal Walk

La Rocco, Canal Walk

Brocka, Canal Walk

Bootlegger, Century City

Brick Lane Eatery, Century City

Mexico Spur, Canal Walk

Dale’s Black Angus, The Paddocks

Aragula, Welgemoed Forum

Bossa Soneike

La Bien

No Ordinary Burger (NOB), Tygervalley

Café Latino, Tygervalley

Cattle Baron, Saxenburg, Kuils River

Die Damhuis, Melkbosstrand

Cup & Cake, Eden on the Bay



Cattle Baron, Stellenbosch

Delaire Restaurant, Delaire Graff, Stellenbosch

Indochine, Delaire Graff, Stellenbosch

96 Winery Road, Stellenbosch

Restaurant Barrique, Stellenbosch

Kunjani, Stellenbosch

Jordan Bakery, Stellenbosch

Knorhoek, Stellenbosch

Spek & Bone, Stellenbosch

Eike, Stellenbosch

The Table at De Meye, Stellenbosch

Bootlegger, Stellenbosch

De Warenmarkt, Stellenbosch

Joostenberg Bistro, Stellenbosch

Avontuur, Stellenbosch

The Vine Bistro, Glenelly, Stellenbosch

Mountain & Moon Bistro, Paarl

Rhebokskloof Wine Estate, Paarl

Paarl Copper Club, Paarl

Die Kelder, Paarl

Fairview, Paarl

Back’s, Paarl

Kikka, Paarl,

Jackson & Black, Paarl,

Bossa, Paarl

Knus Karoo Kombuis, Paarl

Deja Brew, Strand

De Brasserie, Strand

Jeff’s Bistro, Strand

Sage & Thyme, Somerset West

Camphors at Vergelegen

Henri’s Restaurant, Somerset West

Idiom Tasting Centre, Somerset West

Orangerie, Le Lude, Franschhoek

La Petite Colombe, Franschhoek

Roca, Franschhoek

Protegé, Franschhoek

Bovine, Franschhoek

Villamar, Wellington


Other areas

Gabrielskloof, Caledon

Charr’d, Hermanus

Mogg’s Country House, Hermanus

Pearly’s, Langebaan

Hillbilly Farm, Wolseley

Darling Brew Tasteroom , Darling

Zest Restaurant, Gordon’s Bay

Peaberry Café, Malmesbury


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Unbanning of alcohol sales is not preventing Cape Town & Winelands restaurants from closing down, yet a few new ones are bravely opening! (September 2020)


On my latest Restaurant Closure list I have more than 70 Restaurants in Cape Town and the Winelands which have closed down, an increase of 20 Restaurant Closures in the past month. Sadly the unbanning of Alcohol has not prevented further Restaurant Closures in Cape Town and the Winelands in the past month.

The Restaurant Closure and Opening Lists are updated continuously throughout the month.

The Restaurant industry is one of the hardest hit due to the Corona Virus in South Africa, having had to endure five weeks of complete closure, then restricted to Food Deliveries in May, allowed to offer Alcohol Sales and Food Collections during June, and now allowed to offer Sit-Down Service without on-site alcohol consumption since Monday 29 June.  As an industry employing an estimated 800000 employees, the UIF and TERS problems it has had to endure in receiving (or not) staff payment has exacerbated the state of the restaurant industry, described by Chefs Warehouse Chef Liam Tomlin earlier this week as being reduced to nothing more than one of Coffee shops! A number of restaurants have decided to reopen for Sit-Down Service for the first time since the Lockdown, given that they can now offer on-site consumption of alcoholic beverages, while some will continue to offer the Delivery and Collection of Food.

A shock closure announced by Chef Luke Dale Roberts during Lockdown Level 5 was that of The Shortmarket Club.  Myoga at the Vineyard Hotel, Buitenverwachting Restaurant (under the guidance of Chef Edgar Osojnik for the past 20 years), The Stack, Clarke’s, Exhibit A of top chef Rikku O’Donnchü, Terroir at Klein’s Zalze, and The Kitchen of Karen Dudley have also thrown in the towel, with many other Restaurants too.  (see below)

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. A good news story is the reopening of Tintswalo Kitchen, with a new name, new menu, and headed up by Executive Chef Sean Klebbe, formerly of The Shortmarket Club. Surprisingly Chef Arno Janse van Rensburg has left his own restaurant Janse & Co, but his future plans have not yet been revealed, other than that his next venture will be in Cape Town. The Village n Life Group, owners of The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay, Pezula in Knysna, and The Farmhouse Hotel in Langebaan, is looking for ‘dynamic operational teams to take over incredible restaurant spaces’. 


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Restaurant Closures since Lockdown:

#   The Shortmarket Club

#    La Bottega in Woodstock.

#    Empire Café in Muizenberg.

#    SMAK Delicatessen and Eatery.

#    Buitenverwachting Restaurant in Constantia.

#    The Deli Coffee Co in the V & A Waterfront

#    Under Oaks, Paarl (re-opened for Sit-Down, previously reported as Closed Down)

#    Craft Burger Bar, Sea Point,

#.  The Butcher, Camps Bay

#   La Franca, Gardens

#   Go Go, Bree Street

#   The Butcher, Sea Point

#.  Cold Gold Artisanal ice-cream (reopened for Delivery in partnership with For Food’s Sake) )

#   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 (reopened 18 July)

#   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 (closed down, reopened weekends only)

#   The Larder, Claremont

#  Café Blouberg,  Bloubergstrand

#   Jason’s, Bree Street Branch

#   Koffi Terapi, Durbanville

#  Blasters Family Restaurant, Cape Gate.

#  Fláva, Wilderness

#  The Fat Greek, Table View

#   Myoga, Vineyard Hotel, Newlands

#   Schwarma Express, Sea Point Branch

#  The Stack, Gardens

#   Two and Sixpence Tavern, Simon’s Town (after 21 years)

#   Perseverance, Gardens (oldest pub in Cape Town)

#   Fire Monkey, Claremont

#   Cattle Baron, Tokai

#  Clarke’s, Bree Street

#   Masala Dosa Restaurant, Long Street

#   Vicious Virgin Bar, Wale Street

#   Exhibit A, Bree Street

Exhibit A in Cape Town the first Fine-Dining Restaurant to close down due to the Corona Lockdown!

#  Den Anker, V&A Waterfront (temporarily)

#  Frankie Fenner, Durbanville

#   Dale’s Black Angus, The Paddocks, Milnerton

#  TableThirteen, Green Point (end August)

#  Ton Khoon, Tyger Waterfront

#   Terroir, Stellenbosch.

#   Daniela’s Deliciously Decadent, Cape Quarter.

#   Batavia Café, Bo-Kaap – announced its closure and has now reopened with new owners

#   Addis in Cape Ethopian Restaurant

#  Fork on Long Street

#   Pastis, Constantia

#   Yumcious Café, Durbanville

#   Aces & Spades, City centre.

#  Guilio’s Café, Loop Street

#  De Wijnhuis, Stellenbosch

#  Café Mozart, Church Street

#  Active Sushi, Hudson Street

#  Amore, Kenilworth

#.  Primi Muizenberg

#   Primi Eden on the Bay

#   Primi Willowbridge

#   Mink & Trout, Bree Street


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 Chefs Warehouse Canteen on Bree Street, being in the same building.

#   Ciao Pizza, Long Street.

#  The Eatery and Wine Bar at Silver Forest Boutique Lodge and Spa, Somerset West, with Chef Michael Broughton, previously with Terroir.

#   Firefly Café, Camps Bay is opening shortly.

#   Chef Chen Sushi Bar op-up, The Point Mall, Sea Point.

#   Floozies has opened on Kloof Street.

#  Chef Arno Janse van Rensburg is to open a new restaurant.

#  Fork is to open in Franschhoek later this year.

#   Entrée in Franschhoek opened today

#   Flower Café opened in Woodstock.

#   Jooma has opened in Sea Point

#   Tintswalo Kitchen, Hout Bay

New Tintswalo Kitchen just out of the ordinary, raises the food bar at Tintswalo Atlantic, with brand new kitchen team and new menu!

For a list of Restaurants currently open for Food Delivery and Collection as well as Sit-Down Service, see the Facebook Group I created at the beginning of May, updated daily:


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, now heading up the kitchen at Delaire Graff.
  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 during Lockdown.
  6. Chef Bell McCleod has left Bones in Woodstock, now heading up the Hemel & Aarde Brewery.
  7. Chef Henry and Mari Vigar have left La Mouette, now solely 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.
  9. Chef Arno Janse van Rensburg has left his restaurant Janse & Co, his next venture not yet known.
  10. Stellenbosch has introduced an innovative community-supported incentive to restaurant diners to pay by SnapScan, offering them a 50% discount, with a maximum of R400, presented as a voucher.
  11. Epice will be moving to the space of Le Petite Colombe at Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek.
  12. Le Petite Colombe will move to Leeu Estates ‘in the coming months’.

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


Photograph: The spectacular view onto Hout Bay from Tintswalo Kitchen at Tintswalo Atlantic. (Own photograph)


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