The restaurant industry has had a tough year with South Africa’s first lockdown causing major distress for owners and their staff. As the country moves into another partial lockdown, many Cape Town restaurants have chosen to temporarily close their doors.

The earlier curfew of 8pm for restaurants and the alcohol ban are the two major reasons why most eateries have closed their doors, for the meanwhile. Although they are allowed to operate, evening service and alcohol sales are the big money-makers for most establishments.

So far, La Mouette and her sister restaurant Upper Bloem have closed indefinitely.

At this point in time, we are uncertain when and if we will reopen.” said management, in a statement on Facebook. 

“We want to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your ongoing support the past decade and especially this year and to wish you a very Happy New Year.”
Liam Tomlin, who led the charge against the previous closure of restaurants during the first lockdown, also announced the closure of his Chef’s Warehouse on Bree Street until further notice. However, Local and Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia will still be operating within new Alert Level 3 rules.
Cheyne Morrisby also announced the closure of ラッキー Lucky at the Piano Bar in De Waterkant. “My heart goes out to the incredible team that put everything and more to fight the fight,” he said in a post on Facebook. 
Morrisby’s other restaurants are still operating, including Mexicola Locale which is open for delivery and takeout.
Those which aren’t closing are ramping up their takeaway options or moving to takeaways entirely to save on costs.
Picture: @chefswarehouse_chef_liamtomlin/ Instagram




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