Restaurant openings continue unabated in Cape Town and Winelands: October 2017!


The explosion of restaurant openings in Cape Town and the Winelands in September is flowing into October too. Last month saw the opening of Tiger’s Milk Kloof Street, Marrow, Davy Croquettes, The Yard, Schoon de Companje in its new premises, Pierino Penati at Villa 47, and Firefish, amongst others. 

We update information about newly opened and closed restaurants continuously, and welcome such news.

Restaurant Openings

#   Tiger’s Milk has opened its restaurant and Bar Splendido on Kloof Street and Rheede Street in Cape Town (photograph)

New Tiger’s Milk Restaurant & Bar Splendido on Kloof Street splendid success! New Friday venue for DJ René music and dancing!

#.  Roast & Co has opened alongside HQ, in the former Bizerca Bistro space, in Heritage Square

#   The Hard Rock Café is opening in The Promenade in Camps Bay. 

#  Villa 47 is relaunching its Stuzzico and Restaurant restaurants, as SETA and Pierino Penati, respectively. The latter restaurant has opened in conjunction with Italian Michelin star restaurant owner Chef Theo Penati. SETA opens this month. 

Pierino Penati Ristorante at Villa 47: Michelin-star link, Cape Town’s best fine dining restaurant now open!

# Swirl has opened at Stellenbosch Vineyards, formerly the space of Bistro 13.

# Davy Croquettes has opened in Gardens.

# Chef Sheldon Raju has announced the opening of an African restaurant in Camps Bay this summer.

# Bootlegger Café & Grill is to open in Constantia in conjunction with Chef Eric Bulpitt of FABER, next door to Foxcroft, in the former Greens.

# Chef Darren Badenhorst’s Le Coin Français fine-dining restaurant has opened in Franschhoek.

Le coin Français By Darren Badenhorst to coin it with French fine dining cuisine!

# The Franschhoek Beer Co is opening its eatery shortly.

# 5th Avenue Restaurant & Tapas Bar has opened in Tygervalley

# Marrow has opened in Loop Street.

#. La Petite Colombe has opened at Le Quartier Français in Franschhoek, with Head Chef John Norris Rogers

# SeaBreeze Fish & Shell has opened on Bree Street, open for Lunch and Dinner on Mondays to Saturdays.

# Tiger’s Milk has opened in the SanClare Building in Claremont, in Century City, in Bryanston, in Stellenbosch, and in Pretoria.  Tiger’s Milk Cedar Square opens in Fourways in November. 

# Harbour House is to open in Johannesburg

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

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

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

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

# Terra Madre has opened in Elgin, for lunch on Fridays and Saturdays, owned by Nicole Precoudis.

# Cabana will open in The Ritz

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

# Solo Restaurant has opened on Loop Street.

# El Burro has opened in Newlands

# 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.

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

# Woolworths has opened a health restaurant NowNow on Longmarket Street, at Old Mutual, and in the Silo District in the V&A Waterfront. It is now run for the retailer by TriBeCa. 

# 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 Concept Store has opened in the V & A Waterfront.

# Terbodore has opened The Big Dog restaurant and coffee shop in Franschhoek.

# Chef Margot Janse is rumored to be opening a restaurant on Môreson wine estate outside Franschhoek, with Susan Huxter.

# J Something of Mi Casa is to open a restaurant in Cape Town

# Oumeul Bakery & Cafë has opened in Simondium, outside Franschhoek.

# Lou Lou’s Bar has opened in the Cape Quarter.

# The Crazy Horse Gastropub has opened on Bree Street.

# Melissa’s is opening in Hermanus in November.

# Hussar Grill has opened in the Protea Hotel in Franschhoek.

# Cábron Taco Bar has opened

# The Hungry Herbivore has opened

# Unframed artisanal ice cream has opened a second branch, in the V&A Food Market, and a pop-up in Camps Bay. 

# Jason’s Bakery is to open on Main Road in Green Point.

# SCHOON has opened in Somerset West, after its closure in Stellenbosch and handing over its space to Boschendal.

# A Steakhouse is said to be opening in McGregor.

# An Italian restaurant is being built at Delaire Graff.

# Nonna Lina Sea Point is to open shortly

# Vigour & Verve has opened at the new Sunsquare in the Cape Town CBD.

#  The Yard has opened in the Silo District in the V&A Waterfront. 

The Yard opens in Waterfront’s Silo District as multi-cultural cuisine Lifestyle Restaurant, Bar, Deli, and Homeware outlet!

#   Coco Safar is to open in Sea Point. 

#   Kleinsky’s Delicatessen has opened on Church Square in Parliament Street. 

#   The Kove Collection is opening Bilboa restaurant and Chinchilla Rooftop Bar in Camps Bay next month. A new restaurant is said to be opening in Beach Road too. 

#   KapaTee has opened on Church Street, as a store and tearoom. 

#  La Paris Bistro & Deli is opening outside Franschhoek. 

#   La Petite Manoir is to open in Franschhoek.

#   Chef Duncan Doherty is to open a restaurant at Colmant in Franschhoek in November.

#.  Si eatery and bar has opened in the Silo District in the V & A Waterfront

#   Manga sushi outlet is opening in Church Square.

#   Seattle Coffee Co is opening in Church Square. 

#   Afro’s Chicken is to open at 4 Spin Street. 

#   Beerhouse is opening another branch in Cape Town, and in Durban in December.

#.  Chef Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen of JAN restaurant is to open a restaurant in the Cape. 

#  Chef Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen has opened MARIA in Nice, as an event dining venue.

South African focus continues to grow at JAN Restaurant in Nice, soon to be joined by MARIA!

Restaurant Closures

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

# Palma has closed on Bree Street.

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

# Showroom in Stellenbosch has closed down.

# Bistro13 has closed down at Stellenbosch Vineyards.

# Baked 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.

# Blues restaurant has closed down in Camps Bay, after 30 years of operating.

# Mezepoli has closed down in Camps Bay.

# Raya Kitchen, belonging to Kitima, has closed down on Wale Street.

# Ragafellows in Hout Bay has closed down.

# Grill under the Milkwood in Hout Bay has closed down.

# Bon Appétit Keam Restaurant has closed down in Grabouw.

# Little Saint has closed down on Bree Street.

# Easy Tiger on Bree Street has closed down.

# Plant on Buiten Street has closed down.

# Flora’s Eatery in McGregor has closed down.

# Mangata in Simon’s Town has closed down.

# Marc’s Table in Green Point has closed down due to the sale of the Sugar Hotel, but is looking for new premises.

#   Tre Steampunk has closed in the city centre.

#   The Bromwell in Woodstock appears to have closed.

#   Yuzu Kitchen & Bar has closed. 

Restaurant changes

# OYO at V&A Hotel has re-opened after a complete renovation, and is now called Ginja, with the Native coffee bar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

# Karoux in McGregor has reopened in a new building, next door to the previous restaurant space.

# The Classic Car Bar pop-up restaurant in the V&A Waterfront has closed down, with new Kove Collection restaurant Firefish having opened in the space.

# Zenzero in Camps Bay has reopened, after an extensive renovation.

# The Italian owners of La Sosta in Swellendam have sold the restaurant. It is operated under the same name by the new owner.

# Chef Giorgio Nava has converted his Carné Constantia into 95 at Parks Restaurant, Bar & Lounge.

# Aromatish Café and Bakery has opened where Yvette’s used to be in Hermanus.

# Harbour Rock restaurant has taken over the operation of the Spookfontein restaurant in the Hemel & Aarde Valley.

# Fusion Café in Hermanus has new owners.

# Paradiso in Hermanus has new owners.

# Eats11 has opened at Villa Exner in Grabow.

# Café Des Arts in Franschhoek has been sold.

# Slug & Lettuce has re-opened on Kloof Street.

# Panama Jack is moving to the Cruise Liner Terminal in the Cape Town Harbour at the end of November.

# Boston Burgers on Buitengracht Street has changed its name to Craft Burger Bar.

#   Janse & Co is opening in the former Yuzu space on Kloof Street in December, owned by Chef Arno Janse van Rensburg of Maison, with Liezl Odendaal. 

#   Heritage Cottage has opened where Mon Desir used to be in Hermanus, operated by Chef Warwick Taylor of SOURCE, with Head Chef Dean van Huyssteen. 

Chef and Restaurant staff changes

# Chef Angelo Scirocco is said to be opening his own restaurant in Pretoria.

# Chef Jochen Heathcote has left The Restaurant at Villa 47, and joined Source Food.

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

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

# 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 was freelancing in Johannesburg, but has now moved to Woolworths. The new Executive Chef of Open Door 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 Conrad van den Heever has left Seabreeze Fish & Shell, to join De Grendel. Chef Phil Alcock has taken his place at SeaBreeze.

# Chef Brad Ball has left Peddlars on the Bend, and is now Executive Chef at the Harbour House Group. Chef Martin Senekal has left the Group.

# Chef Laurent Deslandes has joined Cape Town Club.

# Chef Wessels van Vuuren has taken over the management of Café Blu in Hermanus.

# The management of Mon Desir in Hermanus has been taken over by Chef Warwick Taylor of SOURCE, serving Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Mondays to Sundays.

# Pastry Chef André Steyn has moved from Delaire Graff to La Colombe.

# Tony Knocke has left the Beverly Hills hotel and joined Fairmont Zimbali Lodge & Resort as Executive Chef.

# Chef Jason Kosmas has joined The Stack, from Chef’s Warehouse Bree Street.

# Chef Marco van Rooyen is heading up the restaurant at Rivendell, near Kleinmond and Bot River.

# Chef Martin Senekal is the new Group Pastry Chef at the Leeu Collection in Franschhoek.

# Chef Michael Deg of Delaire Graff has moved to Equus at Cavalli Estate.

# Sidwell Yarrow has been appointed as Executive Chef at La Petite Ferme.

# Chef Guy Bennett is the new Executive Chef at Grande Provence.

Grande Provence appoints Guy Bennett as Executive Chef!

# Chef Kieran Whyte is leaving Charango.

#  Grant Mouton is the new GM at SeaBreeze 

#   Silo Hotel Restaurant Manager Dylan van Blerk has moved to La Petite Ferme. Siseko Gubangxa is the new Restaurant Manager, and Louis Page is the new Assistant Restaurant Manager. Craig Versfeld is the new Food & Beverage Manager.

#   Jürgen Welp and Simon Rudd have been appointed as GM and Deputy GM, respectively, at the new Tiger’s Milk Kloof Street. 

#   Sommelier Pearl Oliver has left the Taj, to join the One&Only Cape Town. 

#   Jakobus Lochner is the new Restaurant Manager at Maison.

#   Nico Vorster is the new Chef at La Paris Bistro & Deli

#   Alice Mfundsi is the new Manager of La Paris Bistro & Deli, and the Estate, outside Franschhoek. 

#   Chef Maritz Jacobs is the new Executive Chef of Longridge restaurant. 

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