Category Archives: V&A Waterfront

Number of Restaurants open for Sit-Down Service in Cape Town and Winelands grows to over 300!

 

On Monday 30 June restaurants were allowed to reopen for Sit-Down Service, after having only been allowed to offer a Food Delivery service from May, and a Food and Alcohol Delivery and Collection Service from June onwards.

Last week I posted a List of Restaurants offering a Sit-Down Service, in addition to the Facebook Group which I created of Restaurants offering Food and Alcohol Delivery and Collection. The List I posted had over 100 restaurants. I have been updating the List, and am posting an update today, with 315 restaurants on the updated List.

The majority of restaurants offering a Sit-Down service will continue offering a Food and Alcohol Delivery and/or Collection Service. Continue reading →

Restaurants allowed to reopen for Sit-Down Service from today, but do they really want to? Many will wait for Alcohol Sales to be allowed and/or for Summer!

 

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 →

Corona Lockdown: Government keeps Restaurants in the dark as to reopening date and regulations for Sit-Down Service!

 

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 →

‘Dark Kitchen’ Restaurant trend grows, enhanced by Corona Lockdown, operating in Cape Town too!

 

I first heard about ‘Dark Kitchens’ when I met Ian Halfon, CEO of Slick Restaurant Group, last week, his company having opened Cape Town’s newest Dark Kitchen on New Church Street in the City centre. Also known as ‘virtual kitchens’, ‘ghost kitchens’, or ‘cloud kitchens’, Dark Kitchens are independent operations creating food for a multitude of brands, such as the Slick Restaurant Group is doing, having opened its operation with five restaurant brands initially, and more planned, all food prepared from one Central kitchen, with obvious cost benefits. Food is ordered online, for delivery to the customer.  Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 23 of Level 4, 23 May 2020.

 

Saturday 23 May 2020, Day 23 of Level 4, after 35 days of Level 5 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a day that didn’t go as planned at all, but was filled with highlights; for our Building Manager Henry coming for the day, doing a fantastic job of cleaning up and doing gardening, so lovely to see him again after 8 weeks of him being at home 🙏; for a very short and sweet Exercise Time, my shortest since 1 May; for going shopping at the Oranjezicht City Farm Organic Market with Shubha Shukla; for meeting Farmer Ian at the Oranjezicht Farm and learning so much from him about the underwater springs and their ’architectural’ style of gardening there; of reaching the milestone of 4000 members in the Facebook Restaurant Food Delivery Group; for returning to my beautiful clean apartment block, after Henry’s hard work; for taking Henry back to Wynberg, giving me an opportunity to have a look at Four&Twenty Café, now purely a Deli during Lockdown; for Miss Minsky 🐱 being delivered to me just as I got home, both of us excited yet very nervous 😱; for dancing far less than usual, having to give love to both Minsky 🐱 and KitKat 🐱; for going to bed early after a busy day; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus : Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 16 of Level 4, 16 May 2020.

 

Saturday 16 May 2020, Day 16 of Level 4, after 35 days of Level 5 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for another beautiful day, even though only 18C officially but it felt like 22C or more; a wonderful Exercise Time walk, quite social in bumping into Martin and Razia Myers walking their dog, so we walked a part of the way together, and almost literally bumping into Shubha Shukla; for a week of excellent heart exertion walking with one exception, receiving 300 Discovery points for each 🙏; for a relaxed Saturday; for driving to the Waterfront to meet up with and celebrate the birthday yesterday of my longest-standing friend Jenny Stephens, from Sub A in Wellington onwards, with a fabulous birthday cake which Food by Kai, a member of the Restaurant Food Delivery Group, had made and delivered to us in the Waterfront; for KitKat popping in for a visit; for listening and dancing to the Top40 by Carl Wastie on Kfm, with so many SA songs on the list 👏; it being such a feel-good day; for my third day of doing 20000 steps; for being healthy and happy 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: V&A Waterfront closes key attractions, but continues to trade!

 

After a crisis meeting on Tuesday, the management of the V & A Waterfront has announced the temporary closure of the Two Oceans Aquarium and the Zeitz MOCAA Museum, as well as the cancellation of all public events at its precinct, in its reaction to the National Disaster announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday. Other internal measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 Virus were announced by the biggest tourist attraction in our country to its tenants yesterday. Continue reading →

Gibson’s Gourmet Burgers & Ribs official title holder of Guinness World Records for ‘Most Varieties of Milkshakes Commercially Acailable’!

 

With 207 milkshakes available, Gibson’s Gourmet Burgers & Ribs in the V&A Waterfront has been announced as the Guinness World Records official title holder for ‘Most Varieties of Milkshakes Commercially Available’, it was announced in a media statement today. Continue reading →

Sweet Service Award goes to Woolworths, Sour Service Award goes to Vodacom!

 

The Sweet Service Award goes to Woolworths Camps Bay and its Manager Gary Arendse, for his very generation donation of twelve rolls of garbage bags towards my Camps Bay Clean action, used for cleaning up litter in Camps Bay with a team of homeless workers daily. Continue reading →

New Restaurant openings in Cape Town and Winelands for 2019/2020 season slow down dramatically: October 2019!

The poor economic conditions in our country currently is manifesting in the very few new restaurants opening for the new summer season, most such new openings usually taking place in September. Where many new restaurants are opening, they are changing the name and concept of existing ones, rather than being brand new, or adding other restaurants in a restaurant group’s portfolio. 

Two exciting top-end restaurant openings are those of Exhibit A (owned by highly acclaimed Chef Rikku O’Donnchü and Chef Warwick King, who left Gåte restaurant earlier this year), opening in the city centre on 1 November; and of La Chêne at Leeu Estates in Franschhoek. Interesting is that a number of new restaurants have opened on Kloof Street, our former Cape Town Restaurant Street before Bree Street took over,  Continue reading →