This evening President Ramaphosa moved our country’s Lockdown to Level 3, after 28 days of Level 4, a tough month for the Restaurant industry.
Despite Sit-Down dining being permitted midway through Level 4, most restaurants chose to remain closed, it not being economically viable to reopen without selling alcohol.
The President permitted the sale of alcohol in restaurants from tomorrow, until 20h00. Liquor outlets may sell alcohol on Mondays – Thursdays. The Curfew starting time has been pushed back to 22h00. All excellent news for the Restaurant industry.
Chef Bertus Basson and his team of restaurant and interior designers have transformed 10 restaurants in the Western Cape, each restaurant closed for three days for an instant make-over in its interior design, its kitchen design, its menu, and in some instances, its name.
The work that has gone into each restaurant transformation has been documented in ten ‘In die Sop: Restaurant Evolusie’ episodes on kykNET, with an eleventh episode summarising the series, and Chef Bertus revisiting some of the restaurants, to check on their progress.
The idea for the restaurant transformation series came from the realisation that it was not only the Lockdown that affected restaurants, but that their interior design, menu, and even restaurant name can impede their success!
#grateful for the sun being back, nice in the sun but very chilly at 14C max today; for a blue Monday and Friday the 13th all rolled into one, but with some highlight silver linings; for a lovely client meeting, planning ahead for the restaurant reopening later this month; for the lovely Drambuie miniature which Gary Peterson gifted me last week, washing the troubles of the day away; for a lunchtime walk through Bakoven and a late afternoon one in our garage to meet my step goal; and for being happy, healthy, and free.Continue reading →
#grateful for the rain this morning, not so heavy here but causing flooding elsewhere in Cape Town, and even around the corner in Bakoven; for having a warm home on this freezing cold 12C day, with an icy wind; for a busy morning, announcing the opening dates for my restaurant clients, two opening today/tomorrow, and another two in two weeks, and for almost having completed a big writing project; for two Bakoven walks, but cutting the second one short, the wind being so extremely cold, so I carried on doing walking rounds in our garage and in my lounge, to complete my step goal; Continue reading →
The Restaurant Association of South Africa (RASA) has come out in a sharp attack against President Ramaphose this afternoon, in anticipation of the President extending the current Level 4 Lockdown, in a speech which is expected this weekend.
In its long media statement RASA calls on the Government to urgently allow restaurants to operate again. It supports this by stating that more than 1000 restaurants have closed down permanently since March last year, and more are expected during this current Level 4 Lockdown.
#grateful for a beautiful all-day sunny day, I being able to wear my shorts and sleeveless top; for finishing off tasks on my Do List; for a perfect night’s sleep, sleeping for 8 hours in total silence 🙏; for a Woolies shop, meeting the two new managers of our branch; for a second walk, more chilly as the sun was setting; for a harvest of salad ingredients from the veggie garden; for Kfm featuring Harvest Culture Eaterie Deli on their BizBoost program, giving restaurants 1 minute each to promote their Level 4 Lockdown offering; and for being healthy and free 🙏💙 Continue reading →
Last month I reported how well the restaurant industry was doing, booming since being allowed to serve alcohol again since February, and that two new top restaurants were opening in June: Utopia Co-owner Executive Chef Pavel Dimitrov opened Zest Restaurant in the new kings boutique hotel in Piazza da Luz in Sea Point, and Homespun Chef Matt Schreuder opened his second Homespun, at the Andros Boutique Hotel in Claremont (Photograph).
The Lockdown Level 4 regulations announced a week ago to curb the Covid Third Wave, closing restaurants until 11 July and only allowing Food Collection and Delivery, is having a devastating effect on the industry, two new closures announced during this past week. Many restaurants have closed and are giving their staff annual leave. Many have done the sums and cannot reach or exceed the breakeven point. The list of Restaurants in Cape Town and the Winelands which are offering Food Collection and Delivery follows: Continue reading →
Thursday 1 July 2021, Day 4 of Lockdown Level 4. 😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#grateful for more rain, mainly this morning but raining again now ☔️, and wonderful to see the sun for a while for a change, with a wonderful sunset, creating lots of pink on the clouds over the Twelve Apostles and in Bakoven; for two heart clouds 💗; for surviving another apartment noise disturbance night 😱; for a good working morning, preparing for two client meetings; for two Bakoven walks, one at lunchtime, and another after my meeting late afternoon; for my rolls waiting for me at Dinkel Continue reading →
Cape Town and Winelands Restaurants have been quick to set up a Delivery and/or Collection Service, since President Ramaphosa announced the Level 4 Lockdown on Sunday, closing down all restaurants for Sit-Down Service in the country.
Whilst surviving two restaurant closures in Lockdown last year, this restaurant Level 4 closure appears to have caught many by surprise. Many restaurateurs have become wiser through last year’s experience, and have calculated the break even point in terms of minimum income to be made. Combined with the rain all week to date and freezing cold, and the fear of the fast-spreading Delta Covid variant, many restaurants are making losses by being open for Take-Aways. Continue reading →