Cape Town’s famous Grand Africa Café & Beach has unveiled a fresh new look just in time for the summer season. Since opening its doors on 12 December 2009, this much-loved Cape Town destination restaurant and nightspot has fast become the place in the city to dine, drink, and have a good time. But, you know what they say; a change is as good as a holiday, so change they did! The new look is in part thanks to new stake holders, the Harbour House Group, who purchased a 70 percent stake in Grand Africa Café & Beach in July 2016. After a long winter, and a multi-million Rand budget, the revamp is finally complete and the owners are ready to reveal a rejuvenating look for one of Cape Town’s best-loved venues.
Improvements and renovations to Grand Café & Beach include a new wooden walkway to guide your way to the chic new space upon arrival – with the Atlantic winking seductively out in front, the inviting new entrance, laid out beneath swaying palm trees, drives home the one-of-a-kind seafront location of the waterfront spot. This new entrance was a key feature of the revamp and allows guests to see the water and soak up the sea breeze from the moment they arrive.
Of course, the eateries indoor space wasn’t left out of all the fun; “We’ve done a major revamp of the indoor space in particular,” adds Sue Lerm, Proprietor of Grand Beach. To brighten the vintage warehouse, ceilings and floors have been repainted, while the expansive bar counter was demolished and rebuilt to add a dose of glamour to the vast space. The restrooms have also been refurbished, while larger windows installed in the industrial-chic sliding doors have improved the sea views and natural light for diners seated indoors.
As for those wanting a more intimate feel in the large space, the Absolut Elyx bar adds a sophisticated new element to the space while also offering clients a more intimate bar space for pre-dinner drinks. Alongside this stylish new addition sits a raised indoor deck with a handful of tables set above the action, yet still boasting stellar sea views. This space will no doubt prove to be a popular choice with diners wanting to be beat the heat and experience a more exclusive atmosphere at the eatery.
Of course, we can’t forget about the terrace and outdoor tables – the revamp of the spacious terrace is evident in the eye-catching new décor touches but perhaps the biggest change is the fact that by early-2017 the entire terrace will be enclosed with stacking glass doors, allowing diners to enjoy an outdoor dining feel coupled with unbeatable sea views year-round, no matter the weather outside. A few steps from the terrace, the original container bars have been given a new lease on life, and now guests can pull up a stool to watch the mixologists working their magic at the stylish Pongracz sparkling wine and cocktail bar.
If cocktails aren’t your poison of choice then head over to the dedicated beachfront beer bar. Inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s Cuban beach shack, it’s a more masculine space where bleached wood and black-and-white photographs bring a classic touch to the thoroughly modern space. A few steps from the beer taps a private waterside table, shaded by canvas sails, offers what is arguably the best seat in the house; a hideaway perfect for private parties.
Visit the new Grand Africa Café & Beach at Granger Bay Road, Granger Bay. For more information on the new look and to book a table visit their website here.