With rating agencies giving our economy a thumbs down, and our Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni painting a bleak picture of our economy last week, it is no surprise that there are few, if any, restaurant openings planned for the rest of the 2019/2020 summer season.
Exhibit A of Chefs Rikku O’Donnchü and Warwick King opened on Bree Street on Friday. La Chêne opened at Leeu Estates in Franschhoek two weeks ago. Cowboys & Cooks is running late in opening its planned new restaurant in De Waterkant.
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 →
The Sweet Service Award goes to Café Roux on Shortmarket Street, and its Manager Lauren Parks, for finding a seat for me in the sold out performance by Acoustic Element, as I had not booked. Lauren always makes a plan. The latest Café Roux evening was made even more special in that local artist Jimmy Nevis sat next to me at the same table!
The Sour Service Award goes to Olga Jewelry Design Studio in the V&A Waterfront, and its sales person Sandra Weichbold, who was rude when I wanted to proceed with my order to have a tanzanite and diamond eternity ring manufactured. Sandra did not bother to come to the counter when I arrived, and then struggled to find the quotation that Debby had sent me. I had to provide the details to her. She told me that I was rude, when I asked what was taking her so long to find the quote, and that is when I left the shop and cancelled the ring manufacture! What a blessing it was, finding the perfect ring at Tanur jewelers, also in the Waterfront.
The WhaleTales Sweet & Sour Service Awards are presented every Friday on the WhaleTales blog. Nominations for the Sweet and Sour Service Awards can be sent to Chris von Ulmenstein at chrisvonulmenstein [at] gmail.com. Past winners of the Sweet and Sour Service Awards can be read on the Friday posts of this blog.
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Clever Capetonians stay far away from restaurants over the Festive Season, given poor past experiences with service and food quality. It seems that many locals are brave enough or naive enough to go out during the Continue reading →