Another winter season hits the Cape restaurant scene like a vicious cold front and the closures are already starting. Some big names are opting for longer and longer winter breaks, like the Plettenberg Hotel, which is closed until “sometime in the future” when it will reopen “under a new format and vision” according to their website. Other closures in this area are Scotty’s and Lemon Grass. In the Cape Town and winelands surrounds, closures include Roberto’s on Long Street, Sofia’s on Morgenster and Cotage Fromage on Vrede and Lust; while on the other hand there seems to be a trend for successful brands to expand into further outlets. So the Harbour House group, first in Kalk Bay and then in the V&A Waterfront, is now also opening a restaurant on Loop Street. Haiku, meanwhile, has opened another branch in the V&A Waterfront, while its sister restaurant, Bukhara, continues to succeed, with another also opening in the waterfront. The nationwide expansion of the Turn ‘n Tender steakhouses will be a welcome addition for meat lovers later in the year; and on the finer dining front, chef Reuben Riffel continues to grow his reach with a signature restaurant at Paternoster’s Abalone House, and there is also talk of his involvement in an artisinal beer bar.
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Winter restaurant closures and openings