Investigative journalist Jacques Pauw had the Cape Town restaurant industry abuzz about an opinion piece he wrote in Daily Maverick last week about his arrest by the police in the Waterfront in 6 February 2021, after his credit card payment for the balance of his R1600 restaurant Hill was declined. The article was shared in the Cape Town Restaurants: The Good, Bad, and Nastyyyy Facebook Group, and attracted more than 400 comments, almost all expressing outrage. I and others called for the restaurant and its manager to be named and shamed! Restaurant lovers were speculating as to which restaurant it could have been.
Today Pauw Tweeted a correction and apology to everyone involved, blaming himself for the events.
Pauw’s 360 degree turnaround story of the events sounds suspicious, as if he struck a deal with the Waterfront and the police. As a minimum his reputation as a journalist is severely affected. Continue reading →
Restaurants and their customers celebrated the revised Lockdown regulations yesterday, permitting the sale of alcohol and the closing time moved to 22h00. It will be interesting to see which of the 20 restaurants which announced their closure in the past month, will reopen, six having reopened since yesterday.
Despite the Lockdown regulations affecting restaurants so badly in the past nine months, a total of 68 new restaurants have opened in Cape Town and the Winelands during Lockdown. Top chefs are opening new restaurants, including Chefs Peter Tempelhoff, Cheyne Morrisby, and Liam Tomlin. Continue reading →
Monday 25 January 2021, Day 29 of Level 3 Adjusted, Day 306 of Lockdown 😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Grateful for a beautiful 30C day without a breath of wind; for a busy writing day, with my nose to the grindstone; for 300 Discovery points for my walk to Clifton 4th Beach and back, with litter and more horse droppings along the way; for a power nap this afternoon; and for being happy and healthy. Continue reading →
Thursday 21 January 2021, Day 25 of Level 3 Adjusted, Day 302 of Lockdown 😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Grateful for a close to perfect day; for waking up early, and starting to write immediately, given that Thursdays are always my busy day of the week; for having an hour available for a Camps Bay walk before my Cleaning Team arrived, gaining 300 Discovery points; for finding a bush on Camps Bay Drive with hidden litter, which I showed Carmen and Imtiaz; for getting all my writing work done by 13h00, when I had to get ready to leave for town; for Miss M and Mr G being far more tolerant of each other 😻😻; for striking a compromise deal about Henry’s salary increase; for a good meeting to present the Communication proposal for Client 2; for a very good Status meeting with Utopia; for meeting Jenny Stephens in Mouille Point, going for a walk and tea at Lillies afterwards ; for bumping into Tania Harrison at Lillies, celebrating the birthday of her son; for returning to Utopia to photograph an engagement, the lucky lady crying, being so moved; for the fabulous feedback about my work from Utopia Owner/Chef Pavel, and via their coffee supplier Ciro who told a manager that Utopia is the talk of the town in Cape Town, after 2 1/2 months of working with them; for Cain at Dinkel Bakery keeping my two poppyseed rolls; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →
BusinessTech reports today that Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has written to our National Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize for certain Lockdown regulations to be relaxed in his Province, in order to save jobs in the Western Cape. The restaurant and alcohol beverage industries are bleeding badly under the Adjusted Level 3 regulations, with the Curfew starting at 21h00 and alcohol sales banned currently. Continue reading →
Earlier this week the restaurant industry, already on its knees in the current Level 3 Adjusted Lockdown, was dealt a further devastating blow, with the announcement that a new Bargaining Council for the Fast Food, Restaurant, Catering and Allied Trades has been established, prescribing wages, additional fees to be paid to staff, levies due, funeral benefit and provident fund contributions to be deducted, and an annual bonus to be paid to staff.
The restaurant industry did not see these regulations coming, and is already struggling to have enough business to pay their overheads during the current Lockdown Level 3.
The extension by 30 days of the Amended Level 3 Adjusted, until 15 February, is crippling the restaurant industry, and a number of restaurants have announced that they are closing their doors permanently, or are doing so until 15 February.
While the Restaurant Association of South Africa is trying to support the Restaurant industry by creating a hashtag campaign on Social Media, its Communication wording is contradictory, requesting that the Curfew time be extended rather than that it be reduced, achieving exactly the opposite! What the Association is actually trying to say is that the Curfew starting time should be later in the evening. Continue reading →
La Colombe has been announced as Best South African as well as African Restaurant in the inaugural 2020 World Culinary Awards. Its sister restaurant Epice at Le Quartier in Franschhoek was named Best New Restaurant in Africa. South Africa was named Best Culinary Destination in Africa.
The World Culinary Awards ‘serves to celebrate and reward excellence in the culinary industry through our annual awards programme. World Culinary Awards is the sister event of World Travel Awards, itself inaugurated in 1994’, its website states.
I have been fortunate to eat at a number of the award-winning restaurants.
Monday 4 January 2020, Day 7 of Adjusted Level 3, Day 285 of Lockdown. 😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Grateful for a beautiful 29C day, the wind picking up late this afternoon; for the Fire Department extinguishing a third fire in four days near the Kramat outside Bakoven; for a busy working morning; for an attempt at sleeping this afternoon; for a walk to Bakoven, which had little litter, and to Camps Bay, which had signs of persons eating and drinking on the lawns, just leaving their empties when finished 😱; for fabulous service from Pick n Pay Manager Odwa, inviting me to a special faster counter so that I could pay my City of Cape Town account; for my first 1000 Discovery Miles of 2021…. 49000 to go; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →
Just when news about restaurants closing down during Lockdown had almost ground to a halt, eight restaurants in Cape Town in the past week have announced their closure, some temporary, due to the new Adjusted Level 3 Lockdown which commenced on 29 December 2020. The Curfew starting at 21h00, Restaurants having to close at 20h00, and alcohol sales not being allowed, combined with diners’ fear of the greater spreadability of the mutated Corona Virus, is affecting restaurant turnovers harshly.
Despite the Lockdown regulations affecting restaurants so badly in the past nine months, a total of 66 new restaurants have opened in Cape Town and the Winelands during Lockdown. Top chefs are opening new restaurants, including Chefs Peter Tempelhoff and Liam Tomlin. Continue reading →