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Sweet Service Award goes to City of Cape Town; Sour Service Award goes to Checkers Sea Point!

 

The Sweet Service Award goes to the City of Cape Town, for its Cleansing team coming specially prepared last Sunday to clean up the glass pieces from a Camps Bay Drive balcony which had landed on the opposite Victoria Road pavement in Camps Bay due to a gale-force South-Easter. They brought a canvas sheet and placed the glass on it, and then lifted the glass into their truck, as it was a danger to have the glass lying there over a busy good weather weekend. Coming on a Sunday morning and so quickly after the incident happened deserves a special applause, made possible via Councillor Nicola Jowell. Continue reading →

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 12 of Level 1, 12 October 2020.

 

Friday 2 October 2020, Day 12 of Level 1, Day 190 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for surviving the gale-force Black South Easter, my only loss being Maya’s sarong, and one of our electric fence panels blowing away; for getting Henry’s help in finding a plastic bucket and basket which blew down the steps, and for fixing some small wind-related issues; for an eventful walk through Camps Bay to see the wind damage at the Beachfront and to report things to fix to Councillor Nicola Jowell’s office; for a quick tea and croissant at Firefly Café, protected from the wind there; for a productive trip into town and Sea Point, surprised at how busy the traffic in town was, compared to past trips during Lockdown; for how clean Bo-Kaap looked when I drove through it; for how love rules, despite Covid and the storm, when I chatted to a bridal couple on my walk ❤️; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 6 of Level 1, 6 September 2020.

 

Saturday 26 September 2020, Day 6 of Level 1, Day 184 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a weather transformation from rain and cold this morning to sunny and warmer this afternoon, accompanied by a mood lift; for a later lie-in, until I had to leave for Sea Point, with a number of chores and treats; for a Vit D dose and doze on my terrace; for a refreshing late afternoon walk in Camps Bay, sounding like one continuous Disco from the Hard Rock Café down to Mynt, with Tiger’s Milk the busiest of them all; for dancing to the Kfm Blok Party; for seeing so many 💙 clouds today; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Corona Virus, Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 25 of Level 2, 11 September 2020.

 

Friday 11 September 2020, Day 25 of Level 2, Day 169 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a warmer day, but not feeling like the forecast 23C; for a beautiful sunset combined with clouds, making for great photographs; for sleeping off all the horridness of yesterday afternoon, feeling energized and calm and peaceful today; for lunch with Henry at Firefly Café, which served food for the first time today; for a lovely trip to Regent Road in Sea Point, buying another pair of shorts at PnP Clothing and ordering more; for the surprise discovery of Bokeh Creative Space, a hairdresser/coffee bar opened on Regent Road by Adrian Lazarus last week, he recognizing me as a Facebook Friend (we had never met) and inviting me inside; for buying little treats at Spar and Woolies, the latter enlarged, having added the space of the former Tops; for a gift of five bespoke Kalahari Salts, delivered by Mark McCarthy from Iconic Brands; for another walk to Camps Bay, loving the sunset at the Tidal Pool and a long chat with Law Enforcement Officer Ivor Ramsay; for dancing to Kfm 💃; for hearing from my Camps Bay Clean helper Joel, not having done so in a month, coming back to work tomorrow; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Sweet Service Award goes to Woolworths Camps Bay; Sour Service Award goes to LandsCape Art Garden Centre!

 

The Sweet Service Award goes to Woolworths Camps Bay, and its Managers Yibanathi, who walked me through the store with his cellphone Torch when the store was in darkness during Lockdown earlier this week. The Promenade building has a generator, and has power in all its outlets during Lockdown, but on this day the lights in the Woolworths store were not working.  When my shopping was complete, he walked me to the tills, which fortunately were working. Continue reading →

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Corona Virus: My Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 16 of Level 2, 2 September 2020.

 

Wednesday 2 September 2020, Day 16 of Level 2, Day 160 of Lockdown. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for lots of rain ☔️, not one break in the rain all day, and more to come overnight, luckily not as cold as earlier this week; for two Discovery Vitality Gameboard plays, giving me 360 Miles; for working in my warm bed this morning; for walking half my steps in the garage, as there was no break for a walk; for an adrenaline-charged day, communicating with Premier Alan Winde, the surprisingly efficient Accounts Department of Sandak-Lewin, and with Nu-Line lift company; for dancing the rest of my steps to Kfm; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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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’. 

 

PLEASE NOTE:  The List of Restaurant Closures below is the property of WhaleTales Blog, and may not be copy-and-pasted. It may only be used and shared as a Blogpost:

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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/261165661682371/?ref=share

 

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. chrisvonulmenstein@gmail.com

 

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

 

About Chris von Ulmenstein

Chris von Ulmenstein, WhaleTales Blog: www.chrisvonulmenstein.com/blog Tel +27 082 55 11 323 Twitter:@Ulmenstein Facebook: Chris von Ulmenstein Instagram: @Chrissy_Ulmenstein

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 12 of Level 2, 29 August 2020.

 

Saturday 29 August 2020, Day 12 of Level 2, 156th Day of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for all the rain that fell throughout the night, especially the cloudburst at around midnight, and this morning; for keeping warm despite our coldest day this year; for making a good plan in spending a day off; for buying Quark at Dinkel Bakery, another Mutti memory; going back to The Labia for the first time in five months, feeling very safe with their adherence to Covid regulations and seat spacing, and loving seeing the entrance interior, with a few things moved around, and of course not jam-packed with moviegoers, being able to see the beautiful design of the Ticket Office and Snack Bar; for being able to return an item at Sportsman’s Warehouse at The Point Mall in Sea Point ; for having two Discovery vouchers with which I could buy Raw Nuts at DisChem; for finding a new pair of walking shorts at PnP Clothing, not my normal haunt 😱; for finding Chef Chen Sushi Bar, his new outlet having opened four weeks ago on the third floor of The Point, delicious….. ; for fleetingly seeing Rose Klein and her Werner on the escalators in opposite directions; for a quick drop in at Woolies and Pick n Pay Camps Bay; for a refreshing Bakoven walk; for no Loadshedding despite this icy weather; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 68 of Level 3, 7 August 2020.

Friday 7 August 2020, Day 68 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for the most fabulous day, starting with the perfect sunny day, forecast at 17C but in the 20sC for sure, a taste of summer again; for a busy morning, not having slept as much as I should but being very happy today just from the sunshine plus more; for meeting Vivian Warby for tea and a croissant 🥐 at Maison J, not having seen each other since Lockdown, so much catching up to do; for having a crown made, made in the dentist rooms with a 3D laser, taking 12 minutes, technically unbelievable; for finding a pair of walking shorts I was looking for at Sportsman’s Warehouse, with less good service than I usually receive at The Point Branch; for picking up some more poppy seed bagels at Kleinsky’s; for meeting Bryce Shapiro at Latitude Café to tackle my Amazon problem, but we needed to contact an Apple Wizz friend of his, to understand the Browser problem we are experiencing in the application process, my phone software and Browsers all being up to date; for selling my house in Hermanus Yipee Yay ❤️; for meeting with Lisa Hayden, coming to fetch a slice of the cheese cake which I kept for her; for a cat food bulk pack pet food shop at Pick n Pay; for dancing to Kfm 💃; for bumping into Tidal Pool swimmer Dave Talbot at the Pool on my walk, his first swim in more than 4 months, what a fabulous hug 💙; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙

My Blogpost today was the Sweet & Sour Service Awards, which went to Maison J and Telkom, respectively.

Sweet Service Award goes to Maison J; Sour Service Award goes to Telkom!

Vivian and I went to Caprice for tea, but the service was so slack that we left and went to Maison J.

It’s hard to summarize the drama of the five-year journey of getting my former Hermanus guest house sold. It was sold on an auction to a person who turned out to live in my house without paying occupational rent, who used my property to store furniture and other belongings from another house, stole the geysers, aircons, safes etc so that he could reduce the purchase price, didn’t once provide guarantees for the balance of the payment due, took us to court when we tried to sell the company owning the property to another person, and had himself registered as the only person allowed to buy the property, but never paying for it in the five years, finally buying a house elsewhere, and out of some bizarre spite still hung on to my sale until we threatened him with court action. A horrid notorious Hermanus man. 🥵🥵🥵🥵

And then by luck or was it meant to be, I didn’t just gain a Tourist Guide qualification as a result of the course I took, but I also met the lovely and kind Johan Prins, who heard my Hermanus tragedy, connected me to a property developer there, and the rest is history! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Today was the three year anniversary of starting a dental journey with my dentist Dr Wim de Beer in the Waterfront, having implants done, and recently the crown after a root canal. I also had to have a tooth extracted today, a tough job to get the molar out with all sorts of ‘pliers’, but finally it was out. I needed to take a pain killer when I got home and buy a course of antibiotics. Kfm, Dave Talbot, Tidal Pool, camps bay, sea Point, There were some service issues with the receptionist which I fed back to the dentist, and he promised that he is addressing them. So I gained a brand new tooth today, and lost an old unnecessary one.

The Red Bus started operating again today, only doing so on weekends initially. So sad to see a Bo-Kaap landmark Batavia Café announce its closure on Instagram.

Loved my long chat with Jenny Stephens this evening ❤️❤️❤️.

SA Corona Status: 545476cases 9909 deaths 😷😢

FitBit 15000 steps 11 km 👣

Lovemylife❤️

The Corona Virus Lockdown (Level 5), announced by our President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier to commence on 27 March and to continue until 16 April, subsequently extended to 30 April, lowered to Level 4 from 1 May, and lowered to Level 3 from 1 June, is an unprecedented event in my lifetime. I am posting my daily Facebook post to journal this Corona Lockdown Journey, perhaps to serve as material for a future Book.

About Chris von Ulmenstein

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Corona Restaurant Closures in Cape Town & Winelands now at 53 (end July), 13 restaurants closed in the past month!

 

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 →

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