After 8 years of opening Chefs Warehouse & Canteen on Bree Street, the second venue of Chef Liam Tomlin’s first Cape Town restaurant, and despite undergoing a name change more recently, the Tapas restaurant closed down yesterday.
The closure of Chefs Warehouse & Canteen Winebar & Pinchos brings to an end the presence of Chef Liam’s businesses in Heritage Square, having walked away from Local, his Lebanese restaurant Mazza, and La Cantina earlier this year.
It was the opening of Chefs Warehouse on Bree Street, and my reaction to Eat Out adding it to its Top 20 Finalist List in 2015, that led to being banned from it by the hot-headed and arrogant Chef Liam. I wrote as follows at the time:
Despite its regular Top 20 and Top 30 Eat Out nominations, the Bree Street restaurant never made it into the Top 10 Restaurant List, Eat Out clearly agreeing with me that it was not of fine-dining calibre!
Chef Liam is concentrating all his energy into his brand new three-storey The Bailey, opening across the road at 91 Bree Street, in the next few days. He also owns Chefs Warehouses at Beau Constantia, at Maison in Franschhoek, and at Tintswalo Atlantic, Thali Indian Restaurant, and two restaurants in Barcelona. His planned Russian restaurant would be likely to be on hold.
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