Tag Archives: Sit-down Service

Highbury Media puts its money where its mouth is, supports Cape Town restaurant industry with R1 million Marketing campaign!


On the almost eve of the first anniversary of the Corona Lockdown in our country, a big shout out must go to Highbury Media, owners of the online publication Cape Town Etc, which is investing R1 million in the Cape Town Restaurant industry, one of the hardest hit sectors of our economy by the Covid-19 Lockdown. The company is providing marketing support to any restaurants requesting such, by writing and posting articles about restaurants and their special features. Continue reading →

Restaurant industry most discriminated against during Covid-19 Lockdown, Court plea to the Government to allow restaurants to serve alcohol on-site with meals!


Yesterday I was requested as a restaurant writer to prepare a submission for an urgent court proceeding to be brought against Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel, should he not meet the demand by today 6 July of restaurateurs that restaurants be allowed to serve alcohol with meals served, and to allow the distance rule for persons sitting at the same table to be reduced from 1,5 meters. The matter is being handled by Advocate Theo Nel, with support if the Karoo Art Hotel in Barrydale, and Chef Liam Tomlin’s six restaurants, including three Chefs Warehouses.

In preparing my document, I came to the conclusion that the restaurant industry in our country has been the one most severely discriminated against, given the number of hoops and hurdles it has had to deal with in terms of do’s and dont’s in the period just before Lockdown commenced, and the 102 days since it commenced! Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 33 of Level 3, 3 July 2020.


Friday 3 July 2020, Day 33 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4 (99th day of Lockdown) 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a very up and down day, learning that one needs the bad to appreciate the good even more; for catching up on sleep during the early morning and afternoon after a very restless night, having terrible toothache, needing to take painkillers; for a good writing morning, getting back into my rhythm again; for a lovely walk in Camps Bay, initially feeling sorry for myself, but once the painkiller kicked in I was right as rain, meeting Chris Robson, a newish Facebook friend from Sea Point, he recognizing me 😱, and we will meet next week for a chat, as he is in the hospitality industry too, chatting to Juanita Sweeney from Rainbow, and Jameela and her husband, the couple I met yesterday about the shop they want to open, loving her confidence and negotiating power with the landlord, all three full of compliments, making me feel much better; for what was meant to be a quick terrace snooze in the sun becoming an hour long sleep, Minsky lying on the second lounger, just like her mom…. 🐱❤️; for the highlight of the day being a visit to Bidvest Bank in Sea Point , to cash in the few $€£ still sitting in a travel card from last year, with the most amazing service; for celebrating with an ice cream at The Dairy Den, even though the (cracked) cone broke and fell into my lap…. 😱; for a lovely visit to Café Charles in De Waterkant to meet Justine Bee and to hand her the bottle of ADHARA extra virgin olive oil which she won for the presentation of her delicious Lamb Curry and information provided with the Food Delivery; and for feeling happy and healthy 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Cape Restaurant Covid-19 Closures exceed 40, Restaurants for Sit-Down reopen in Lockdown Level 3 but most retain Delivery/Collection Service: July 2020!


The Restaurant industry is one of the hardest hit due to the Corina Virus in South Africa, having had to endure five weeks of complete closure, then restricted to Food Deliveries in May, allowed to offer Alcohol Sales and Food Collections during June, and now allowed to offer Sit-Down Service without on-site alcohol consumption since Monday 29 June.  As an industry employing an estimated 800000 employees, the UIF and TERS problems it has had to endure in receiving (or not) staff payment has exacerbated the state of the restaurant industry, described by Chefs Warehouse Chef Liam Tomlin earlier this week as being reduced to nothing more than one of Coffee shops!

Many restaurants have decided to not open for Sit-Down Service currently, until they can offer on-site consumption of alcoholic beverages, and will continue to offer the Delivery and Collection of Food and Alcohol. Continue reading →