No new restaurants open in Cape Town and Winelands, iconic The Tasting Room closes down in Franschhoek : May 2017!


It would appear that there were no new restaurant openings in Cape Town and the Winelands during April. Iconic restaurant The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français closed it doors at the end of April, after many years of operation under the guidance of Chef Margot Janse.  We update information about newly opened and closed restaurants continuously, and welcome such news.

Restaurant Openings

#  Ben Wei Fusion, Sushi, and Asian has opened in Wembley Square (photograph)

Ben Wei offers extensive freshly-made Sushi, Asian, and Fusion food menu!

# The Granary Café has opened in The Silo Hotel in the V&A Waterfront. 

Restaurant Review: The Granary Café at The Silo Hotel far more than a Café, serves contemporary classics in luxury dining room!

#. The Silo Rooftop is a new rooftop bar and light meal eatery in The Silo Hotel.

The Silo Rooftop top new Cape Town lunch and drinks venue, highest open bar and eatery!

# Primal Eatery #meatery has opened where Charcoal was located previously, with owner Brynn Felix and Chef Phil de Villiers, focusing on open-fire cooking of all dishes.

Primal Eatery flaming good new contemporary open-fire cooking restaurant in Cape Town!

# Marigold has opened in Franschhoek, part of the Leeu Collection

# La Parada Del Mar has opened in Camps Bay. 

Restaurant Review: La Parada Del Mar sizzles in Camps Bay!

# Tiger’s Milk has opened in the SanClare Building in Claremont, in Century City, in Bryanston, and in Stellenbosch.

# Harbour House is to open in Johannesburg

# Hard Rock Café is said to open in the V&A Waterfront.

# Jamie’s Italian is to open in Cape Town.

#. Dunkin’ Donuts will open 250 outlets in our country, the first outlet having opened at N1 City in Cape Town.

# Papa San, previously of Takumi, has opened his own restaurant Obi with Ben Bettendorf, on Long Street.

# Cheyne’s is opening a cocktail sake bar, to be called Fire Monkey.

# Chef Cheyne Morrisby has opened a Ramen and Japanese Grill House called SHIO in De Waterkant.

# Chef Garth Almazan, previously of Catharina’s at Steenberg, has opened Leeto restaurant in Paternoster.

# Tre Steampunk Club Restaurant and Bar has opened on Buitengracht Street.

# Chef Bertus Basson has opened new restaurant Spek & Bone off Dorp Street in Stellenbosch.

# Chef Bertus Basson is the new Chef Patron of the Bertus Basson @ Ritz Hotel Revolving Restaurant in Sea Point.

Bertus Basson @ The Ritz to turn heads in Sea Point from 15 November!

# House of H has opened.

# Villains Pub and Ale House has opened.

# Baconville has opened in Willowbridge, a second (franchised) restaurant by Richard Bosman.

# Terra Madre has opened in Elgin, for lunch on Fridays and Saturdays from 10h00 – 16hoo, owned by Nicole Precoudis.

# Mangata has opened in Simon’s Town.

# Tea in the Park has opened in the Green Point Urban Park.

Restaurant Review: Disappointing Tea in The Park at Green Point Urban Park!

# Cabana will open in The Ritz

# Black & Co has opened in Constantia as a coffee and gift shop.

# Chefs has opened in Gardens, with Chef Jenny Ward in the kitchen.

Restaurant Review: Disappointing Tea in The Park at Green Point Urban Park!

# The Vine Bistro at Glenelly has opened, with Chef Christophe Dehosse.

# ELL Vegan Cafe has opened in Hermanus.

# Bon Appétit Keam Restaurant has opened in Grabouw.

# Solo Restaurant has opened on Loop Street.

# Pizza Hut has opened on Kloof Street

#. De Villiers Chocolate Cafë has opened in Franschhoek.

# El Burro has opened in Newlands

# Stepbrothers Deli, Locanda, and Bar has opened in De Waterkant.

Restaurant Review: Stepbrothers Italian Deli, Locanda, and Bar lacks passion, waiter with Attitude!

# The Classic Car Bar has opened in the V&A Waterfront, with Chef Reuben Riffel.

Classic Car Bar opens in V&A Waterfront, menu by Chef Reuben Riffel!

# La Colombe will open a new restaurant (rumored to be called Le Petite Colombe) in Le Quartier Français in August.

Breaking News: La Colombe to open new restaurant at Le Quartier Français in Franschhoek!

# Vista Marina is to open next to the Two Oceans Aquarium.

# J’Something of Mi Casa has opened Something’s Cooking by J at the new Sun International Times Square in Pretoria.

# Ground Coffee has opened in De Waterkant.

# Bosjes Kombuis has opened at BOSJES, with guidance from Chefs Pete Goffe-Wood, and ChefKim Cox.

#. Hokey Poké has opened in the city centre, offering Hawaiian cuisine.

# The Sorrows Bar and Eatery has opened on Kloof Nek Road.

#. Osteria Tarantino has opened in De Waterkant.

# Chef Bertus Basson has opened The Deck at Hidden Valley.

# The owners of Jarryds have opened The Chicken Shop in Sea Point.

# Yuzu Kitchen & Bar has opened on Kloof Street.

# Woolworths has opened a health restaurant NowNow on Longmarket Street.

# Terbedore is to open Big Dog Café in Franschhoek.

# Harrington’s Cocktail Lounge has opened where Assembly used to be, with Sheldon Raju as Consulting Chef.

Harrington’s Cocktail Lounge opens on Harrington Street in Cape Town, alongside Surfa Rosa and District!

#   A truly Italian restaurant has opened in Parklands, called Ital Emporio & The Green Life, a joint co-operation between Davide Ostuni of Puglia Cheese and The Green Life. 

#   Col’Cacchio is to open in the V & A Waterfront. 

Restaurant Closures

# Borage Bistro has closed down, with no word as to it reopening at a new site. 

# Palma has closed on Bree Street.

# Ravish on Bree Street has closed down.

# Chef Conrad Gallagher has been evicted from the Café Chic premises and has left Cape Town! He opened a restaurant Gallagher’s on Stanley in Port Elizabeth, despite not having paid suppliers in Cape Town, and has been evicted from the Port Elizabeth premises!

# Hudsons in Claremont is closing down.

# Bootlegger in Bantry Bay has closed down.

# Searle’s in Greyton has stopped operating, and is for sale.

# Showroom in Stellenbosch has closed down.

# Bloemendal Restaurant has closed down

# Bistro13 has closed down at Stellenbosch Vineyards.

Chef Nic van Wyk’s Bistro 13 departs from Stellenbosch Vineyards, new beginnings!

# Baked at Bistro on Long Street and at Regent Road in Sea Point have closed down.

# Love, Revenge, and Cappuccino has closed down in the V & A Waterfront.

#   Bistrot Bizerca has closed down.

#   The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français has closed down for good. 

Shock announcement of Chef Margot Janse resignation at Le Quartier Francais!

Restaurant changes

# Reuben’s Franschhoek is closed for renovations, and will reopen at its new location at 2 Daniel Hugo Street. It is currently operating as a pop-up restaurant at the Riffel-owned Racine at Chamonix.

Reuben’s Franschhoek closes end May, reopens at new location in September!

# OYO at V&A Hotel has re-opened after a complete renovation, and is now called Ginja.

# Tiger’s Milk Smokehouse is opening where Emily’s used to be on Kloof Street.

# The Long Table Restaurant and Café at Haskell Vineyards closed last year, and will re-open after an extensive renovation, upgrade, and general maintenance, to be run by the winery itself when it re-opens.

# Chef Liam Tomlin’s Indian tapas bar Thali, headed up by Chef John van Zyl, has opened. The project partner is Dimo Papa Christodoulou of Fat Cactus and Long Street Cafe. They will not take reservations.

# Chef Bertus Basson is renovating Overture in winter.

# The Fat Butcher has opened in Stellenbosch.

# The Mess has opened in The Rockwell, previously Café Dijon

# Adam Whitehead of The Power & Glory has taken over the Rafiki space to create a new eatery.

# Birds Café on Bree Street has undergone a transformation, and has reopened as Mink & Trout

# Chef Kobus Van Der Merwe has moved out of his Oep ve Koep venue in Paternoster, and reopened as Wolfgat.

# Original Deli in Hermanus has changed its name to Soul Cafe Hermanus.

# Seabreeze Fish & Shell is to open, where Palma used to operate on Bree Street. 

# La Tête Restaurant has opened where Orinoco operated on Bree Street, with Chef Giles Edwards.

# Chefs Nik van Wyk and Westley Muller have taken over the restaurant at Haute Cabriere, retaining the name of the restaurant.

Exciting new Haute Cabriere restaurant partnership, more changes planned!

# Origins at The Marine has taken over the Seafood Pavilion space at The Marine Hotel in Hermanus.

# Life Grand Café has opened where the Hildebrandt used to operate in the Waterfront.

# The former Alba Lounge in the Waterfront has re-opened as a Portuguese restaurant MAReSOL

# Ile de Pain has reopened in Knysna, after a devastating fire in 2015.

# Hail Pizza has opened in the courtyard at Clarke’s on Bree Street.

# Reuben’s is no longer operating at The Robertson Small Hotel. The hotel is now running its own restaurant.

# Bootlegger has opened in Bakoven where Baked Bistro used to operate.

# SCHOON (de Companje) has handed over the running of its restaurant and business to Boschendal until the end of July. SCHOON will re-open elsewhere at an as yet unknown venue and at an unknown date. Boschendal will close the Church Street eatery from August onwards, renovate, and reopen with a new brand.

Boschendal to open new restaurant in Stellenbosch, initially operating SCHOON!

# Richard’s Supper Stage has relocated from Sea Point to The Rockwell Dinner Theatre in Green Point. The downstairs Bistro has closed down. 

# Cassis has moved its shop in the Garden Centre into a central open space.

# Chefs Nic van Wyk and Westley Muller are no longer running Kan10 at De Warenmarkt.

# Healey’s Cheesery & Deli is now based at Waterkloof Winery

# Four Cousins has opened in Robertson, where The Dros used to be.

Restaurant Review: Four Van Loveren cousins dominate Four Cousins restaurant in Robertson!

#   Karoux in McGregor is reopening in its new building on 5 May. 

#   HQ has taken over the Bistrot Bizerca space, to become an international concept restaurant. 

Bistrot Bizerca closes down, Chef Laurent Deslandes takes over as Executive Chef of HQ!

Chef and Restaurant staff changes

# Chef Angelo Scirocco has left Urbanologi in Johannesburg as its Head Chef. He is said to be opening his own restaurant in Pretoria.

# Chef Duncan Doherty is consulting to the restaurant at the Century City Hotel.

# Chef Adele Grewar has left Overture, but is said to be returning to Bertus Basson at Spice Route. Chef Alistaire Lawrence has left Bertus Basson at Spice Route.

# Carl Habel is now the Manager of Nobu at the One & Only Cape Town.

# Chef Jochen Heathcote is now the Head Chef at The Restaurant at Villa 47, formerly at Myoga and Open Door.

# Chef John van Zyl has left Urbanologi, to return to Liam Tomlin as Head Chef of his Indian restaurant Thali

# Chef Nick Oosthuizen from Swellendam has taken over the running of The Restaurant at Newton Johnson.

# Isabella Immenkamp has left Hoghouse at Spier, and is at the Vine Bistro at Glenelly now. Andre van der Merwe has taken over as Manager at HogHouse.

# Chef Germaine Esau has joined Dash at the Queen Victoria Hotel in the Waterfront

# Ian Smith is the GM of the new Melissa’s-owned Mantra Café in Camps Bay.

# Oskar Kotze has sold Sevruga, and his restaurants in Johanneburg, Pretoria, and Durban. He retains Beluga in Cape Town.

# Gareth Flynn is the new Pastry Chef at Pierneef à La Motte.

# Chef Veronica Canha-Hibbert is the new Executive Chef at The Silo Hotel.

# Chef Sheldon Raju is no longer with Chefs Warehouse nor is he involved with Chef Liam’s new Indian restaurant Thali.

# Chef Chris Papayannes is the new Executive Chef and F & B Manager at The Thatch House Luxury Villas in Hermanus. He was previously at Chalk & Cork.

# Chef Annemarie Robertson has left Open Door and is freelancing in Johannesburg. The new Executive Chef is Evan Coosner.

# Chef Guy Clark has been appointed as the Executive Chef at Tintswalo Atlantic.

# Tracy-Leigh Genricks is now the sole owner of Four & Twenty Café.

# Chef Warwick King has left The Stack and joined Delaire Graff

# Chef Guy Bennett of Delaire Graff has moved to Bertus Basson at The Ritz.

#   Chef Conrad van den Heever is heading up the kitchen at the new Seabreeze Fish & Shell.  

Restaurant Winter Closures

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