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August 2022 Restaurant Opening and Closing Update: Cape Town & Winelands!



New restaurants are still opening, or planning to open, in Cape Town and the Winelands, despite it being Winter.

The biggest recent restaurant opening has been by Chef Liam Tomlin, who opened The Bailey, a three storey Brasserie, Bakery, and two Bars across the road from Heritage Square. He has closed down his Chefs Warehouse on Bree Street. Ouzeri also opened in June.

Restaurant Artizian will open on Bree Street this month. Chef Peter Tempelhoff is said to open a Japanese Street Food restaurant on the ground floor of Speakers Corner, the building in which FYN operates, in September. Continue reading →

Breaking News: Vivienne Morrisby takes over ownership of Cheyne’s, Lucky Bao, Mexicola Locale, and Ding Dong!


Vivienne Morrisby, wife of Chef Cheyne Morrisby, has taken over the ownership of the family restaurants: Cheyne’s, Lucky Bao and Mexicola Locale in Hout Bay, and Ding Dong on Shortmarket Street in the city centre.  Ding Dong was previously in De Waterkant, and will re-open opposite The House of Machines in the pedestrian section of Shortmarket Street in June.

Himitisu at the Camps Bay Retreat closed down at the beginning of this month, and all other restaurants owned by the family in De Waterkant and in the Egg in Cavendish have been closed down. Continue reading →

Restaurant Business picks up and new Restaurants to open in Camps Bay, no closures other than The Test Kitchen !


With the country at Level 1 since last week, optimism is high, and business in the restaurant industry is improving.  Despite the dreadful impact on restaurants of Level 4 during July, no restaurants appeared to have closed, other than The Test Kitchen and Ocean Blue in September.

Chef Luke Dale Roberts retains Fledglings and Pot Luck Club in Cape Town, and is moving his attention to Johannesburg, consulting to Ethos, and opening The Shortmarket Grill there. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 14 of Level 2, 26 September 2021


Sunday 26 September 2021, Day 14 of Level 2 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a very misty morning turning into a 19C sunny day; for a relaxed but writing day, getting three Blogposts for the week ahead done; for a Woolies walk, becoming a bad habit 😱; for a lovely Bakoven walk with a great sunset, meeting Yuri the Russian on Beta Road, where I pick up litter left by a homeless person in the driveway of the house almost daily on my walks, starting a conversation with the owner from Moscow, but also able to speak German, inviting me for a glass of wine a next time I pass by and telling me that he bought his house at the start of Lockdown last year; and for being happy, healthy, and free. 🙏💙 Continue reading →