Lockdown has been devastating for the restaurant industry in Cape Town, with many well-known and loved establishments folding under the pressure.

Yesterday, Jason Bakery announced they would be closing its iconic Bree street location after 13 years of service. The KitchenBrownies and Downies, Café Blouberg, Kalk Bay Theatre and Sturk’s Tobacconists have also closed permanently closed their doors during the lockdown.

Now another one is joining the ever-growing list, as Myoga Restaurant closes its doors for good.

Myoga, launched in 2007 on the grounds of The Vineyard hotel by restaurant-entrepreneur Mike Bassett, has been one of Cape Town’s successful eateries.


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“Having weathered two recessions, a water crisis and now COVID-19, it is time to close Myoga’s doors and look to the future,” says Bassett. “The way we live, including the experience of eating beautiful food, together, is forever changed. We need to make sure that where we can affect it, that change is for the better.”

Bassett’s talent for food will not go to waste as the Vineyard Hotel plans to create new food experiences with his help in future.

“We have always been tremendously proud to work with Mike,” says CEO of Petousis Family Hotels, George Petousis. “He is a visionary and as the Head of F&B for our hotel group, we are excited to be working with him as he spearheads new eating spaces in response to what our guests want in this new world. Myoga staff are employed by The Vineyard and will be helping Mike and the F&B team plan these new eating experiences,” Petousis concluded.

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