The tight controls over the Restaurant industry are taking its toll, the alcohol ban as well as Curfew announced on 12 July being a death knell for restaurants, more closing down completely. The most recent Curfew amendment on 30 July, in changing the starting time of the Curfew to 22h00, is of little benefit to restaurants and their diners.
On my latest Restaurant Closure list I have more than 50 Restaurants in Cape Town and the Winelands which have closed down, an increase of 13 Restaurant Closures in the past month. (see below).
The Restaurant Closure and Opening Lists are updated continuously throughout the month. Continue reading →
The owners and staff of Restaurants, Coffee shops, and Bars, and related suppliers, will be heading out to the streets twice this week, to protest to the Government and raise awareness about the poor treatment the Restaurant Industry, Tourism Industry, and Hospitality Trade is experiencing, the Curfew and ban on alcohol sales announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 12 July being the final straw for an industry that has been most discriminated against during Lockdown in our country. Continue reading →
A survey conducted amongst restaurants by the international hospitality Esus-Group, has found that many restaurants reopened for Lockdown Sit-Down Service from 30 June, as the date coincided with the end date of the Government paying employees UIF/TERS, restaurants therefore being forced to reopen to be able to pay their staff. Sadly this may lead to the death of the restaurant industry, as they are using valuable cash to run a business which now has a turnover of 20% of that of last winter, the study shows! Continue reading →
Dineplan, a restaurant reservation system company, conducted a survey shortly after it was announced that Restaurants were allowed to open for Sit-Down Service from 30 June onwards. The survey interviewed diners to understand their willingness to eat out during the Corona Lockdown, to understand their expectations of restaurants, not only for Sit-Down Service, but also for Food Delivery and Collection. A relief for restaurants must be that only 1% of the respondents said that they would not eat out during Lockdown. Continue reading →
Yesterday I was requested as a restaurant writer to prepare a submission for an urgent court proceeding to be brought against Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel, should he not meet the demand by today 6 July of restaurateurs that restaurants be allowed to serve alcohol with meals served, and to allow the distance rule for persons sitting at the same table to be reduced from 1,5 meters. The matter is being handled by Advocate Theo Nel, with support if the Karoo Art Hotel in Barrydale, and Chef Liam Tomlin’s six restaurants, including three Chefs Warehouses.
In preparing my document, I came to the conclusion that the restaurant industry in our country has been the one most severely discriminated against, given the number of hoops and hurdles it has had to deal with in terms of do’s and dont’s in the period just before Lockdown commenced, and the 102 days since it commenced! Continue reading →
Today is a day of excitement as well as disappointment for restaurateurs, who have so looked forward to reopening their doors for a Sit-Down Service. The official reopening date is today, but sadly it appears that many restaurant doors will remain closed, restaurateurs citing the prohibition of serving alcohol with a meal, and this being the quietest time of the year for restaurants as the reasons why they will not reopen now, continuing with their Food and Alcohol Delivery and Collection Service. Continue reading →
Just before midnight last night the Government released the updated Level 3 regulations for the businesses which are allowed to reopen, including Restaurants for Sit-Down Service, Personal Care businesses, theaters, cinemas, and casinos. Whilst the dreadful news that ‘on-site consumption of alcohol is prohibited’, seemingly not only in restaurants, is confirmed through the new regulations, Restaurateurs remain in the dark as to when Restaurants are allowed to reopen, and which regulations are to be followed. While theaters and cinemas have an attendance limit announced in the updated Level 3 regulations, they too do not have reopening dates. Should 1 July be the reopening date, Restaurants will have less than five days to get themselves organised and prepared for reopening! Continue reading →
Wednesday 24 June 2020, Day 24 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 4 and 5 😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Grateful for another fabulous day, ahead of five winter days from tomorrow; for a good morning of writing; for a walk to Clifton Fourth Beach, with minimal litter to pick up; for chatting to David Raad, owner of Caprice about restaurants’ frustrations of not knowing the reopening date nor regulations, the topic of my Blogpost today, and he telling me that a coffee brand restaurant group has opened its doors to sit-down already, ignoring all regulations; for getting myself immersed in the Sectional Titles Act and the Body Corporate AGM, receiving some very good advice; for some dancing to exceed my step goal, in addition to a walk to the Tidal Pool for some sunset pics; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →
It is unbelievable that the Government is keeping Restaurants, Bars, Shebeens, and Taverns in the dark as to the reopening date, as well as the regulations which will determine under which conditions Restaurants may welcome back diners for Sit-Down Service, as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa over a week ago. If restaurants are to reopen on 1 July, as is assumed, it gives them less than a week to set up after a three-month closure due to Lockdown Levels 5 and 4. Continue reading →
I was challenged to write a speculation of what it would be like to eat at a Restaurant during Lockdown ‘Advanced’ Level 3 for a Sit-Down meal from 1 July, a date predicted for the reopening of South African restaurants.
On Wednesday 17 June President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that Restaurants are to reopen for sit-down dining, having only been allowed to sell Food and Alcohol on a Delivery or Collection basis during Levels 4 and 3 to date. Continue reading →