Another Cape Town institution is shutting its doors amid the nationwide lockdown. After almost 20 years, the popular Café Blouberg will permanently close.

The community café that sits on the water’s edge in Bloubergstrand has been open since 2000, and has been a much-loved location for locals since. It is popular for its all-day breakfast offering.

Unfortunately, the owners were informed by their landlord that their lease will not be extended.

“During the Covid-19 lockdown, we were informed by our landlord that they have decided not to extend our 20-year lease and that they wish to take the property back for residential occupation. We fully respect that decision, but we are saddened to close down our beautiful café,” said the owners in a Facebook post.

“To our staff, we are saddened to see you go. To those who have been with us for almost twenty years – we will never forget your smiles and the ups and downs of the restaurant business.”

“From this modest café, the Seascape Collection expanded to On The Rocks and Ons Huisie. The lessons learnt at Café Blouberg has stood us well.”

All is not lost. The owners plan to continue serving dishes Café Blouberg is known for at ‘The Hatch’ at the On The Rocks restaurant which is also in Bloubergstrand.

Since the announcement of its closing, many have taken to social media to express their sadness. One Facebook user wrote, “So sad to hear this, your café was an icon go to spot in the area for many birthdays, breakfast catch ups and more. So many happy memories. Wishing you all well on the next adventure.”

Another said, “This is so sad. Café Blouberg is a landmark and I love popping in to this warm and friendly atmosphere everytime I come to Cape Town. Truly a sad day.”

Cafe Blouberg joins other famed instituions like The Kitchen, Brownies and Downies, Kalk Bay Theatre and Sturk’s Tobacconists, who have all closed down during the lockdown period.

Picture: Facebook / Café Blouberg

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