A couple of months ago, Lloyd Becker and Sean Moncrieff went to look at a space at the top of Wale Street in colourful Bo-Kaap, with plans to move their ice-cream enterprise into the city. “We absolutely loved it, but felt it was too big for our requirements, so we wrote it off,” says Sean. “A few months later, I had the idea of starting a café there instead, something both Lloyd and I have always wanted to do. Luckily, when we contacted the landlords, the space was still available. From then on on it completely snowballed.”
The result is Harvest Café. The modern, leafy and fittingly wholesome interiors were designed and built by Framework Projects. The duo hired consultant chef Arabella Parkinson to put together the diverse, healthy and wholesome menu with items like smoothie bowls, eggs Benedict, pumpkin fritters and Instagram-worthy avo roses on sourdough.
“I have a background in personal training,” explains Sean, “so I’ve always been conscious of what goes into my body. The menu is based around good, healthy, wholesome foods for vegans, vegetarians, Banters and meat-eaters – you name it…” That’s where the name Harvest comes from: A celebration of food. The entrepreneurs aim to eventually grow their own produce on the restaurant’s roof and host yoga, pilates, and other exercise classes and markets there.