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The impact of COVID-19 on South Africa’s restaurants has been catastrophic. As arguably one of the hardest-hit industries, restaurants have found themselves having to innovate, adapt business strategies, close their doors, reopen them, and at times close them yet again.

Eat Out stands for restaurants, and the people who love them. This special project reflects on the year we were forever changed by COVID-19. How it transformed the way South Africans dine out and dine in; showcasing home-cooked recipes from South African chefs, a look at how we learnt to help others and a forecast of what a post-pandemic restaurant and food industry will look like.

2021
22 September 2021
By Bianca Jones
Lockdown restaurants, farm-to-fork dining and advice on how to open a restaurant in challenging times.
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3 September 2021
By Jess Spiro
A year after the COVID pandemic started, many restaurants have resumed sit-down service, but some...
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24 August 2021
By Bianca Jones
Despite adversity, Eat Out Food School Students are hopeful and continue to dream big.
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10 August 2021
By Ishani Chetty
On 6 August 2021, we spoke to Luke Dale Roberts, chef-proprietor of the award-winning restaurant...
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6 August 2021
By Ishani Chetty
Nederburg has launched a new campaign aimed at incentivising locals to support the restaurant industry.
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29 July 2021
By Ishani Chetty
The iconic restaurant has announced that it will be closing its doors on 30 September...
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24 July 2021
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20 July 2021
By Lauren Goldman
Paulo Santo from AURUM in Sandton, Joburg, chats to Eat Out about the challenges the...
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11 July 2021
By Tessa Purdon
Restaurants in South Africa can now offer sit-down service under strict health protocols.
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8 July 2021
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7 July 2021
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5 July 2021
By Nikita Buxton
While restaurants can still operate as takeaway and delivery businesses, the question is: will this...
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2 July 2021
By The Restaurant Collective
The revenue model of a sit-down restaurant cannot be adapted for takeaways overnight.
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29 June 2021
By Eat Out team
With South Africa once again under lockdown level four, these are the restaurants offering deliveries...
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28 June 2021
By Eat Out team
Here is the list of restaurants that offering dine-at-home options in the midst of COVID-19...
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28 June 2021
By Eat Out team
The presidency has announced that South Africa will go into alert Level 3 on Monday,...
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12 May 2021
By Eat Out
Chef Pitso Chauke's chicken curry is a classic and seriously comforting!
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26 April 2021
By Palesa Kgasane
If we are what we eat, then where we eat holds just as much value,...
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22 April 2021
By Jess Spiro
Local chefs sprung into action to make the most of what they had during the...
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21 April 2021
By Nikita Buxton
We chat to Bertus Basson, the S.Pellegrino Chef of the Year, about how the pandemic...
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9 April 2021
By Kamini Pather
For Adam Robinson, COVID presented a journey of ups, downs and ups again.
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31 March 2021
By Eat Out
Lockdown cooking was all about home comforts and family-style fare!
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19 March 2021
By Eat Out
Take a look into some of the highs and lows for the past year from...
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19 March 2021
By Eat Out
It's all about braai sides and tandoori spiced lamb chops for Primm Reddy's home kitchen!
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16 March 2021
By Eat Out
A look into Nederburg wine farm and how the Covid-19 pandemic impacted the making of...
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15 March 2021
By Eat Out
Chef Matt Manning cooks an old British favourite - his nan's Yorkshire pudding with beef...
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25 February 2021
By Unilever Food Solutions
Learn more about how you can support your team members who are struggling with their...
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23 February 2021
By CBS Reality & CBS Justice
When our lives suddenly came to a standstill and everything we knew changed, it’s no...
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13 February 2021
By Tarryn Corlett
The Eat Out Restaurant Relief Fund launched on the 24th of April, to offer financial...
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6 February 2021
By Jessica Spiro
When COVID hit, restaurant suppliers had to come up with a plan to stay afloat...
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4 February 2021
By FairKitchens
Here are eight ideas for you to reduce your stress if you work in the...
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18 January 2021
By Katy Rose
Fitch & Leedes have the answer to #DryJanuary with Moments, their new non-alcoholic vintage cocktail...
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1 January 2021
By FairKitchens
Let us understand the basics of mental wellbeing in our industry so we can help...
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2020
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14 December 2020
By Eat Out staff
This Cape Town institution announced it has closed its doors over the weekend.
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4 December 2020
By Nikita Buxton
After 15 years, chef Chantel Dartnall has announced the closure of Restaurant Mosaic at The...
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20 November 2020
By Bianca Jones
In 2020, fashion-forward meant wearing matching tracksuits, slippers and face masks.
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15 November 2020
By Tarryn Corlett
For many, the year we spent at home allowed us to find purpose. It connected...
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15 November 2020
By Unilever Food Solutions
To provide psychological support, Fair Kitchens SA has partnered with SADAG to provide a toll-free...
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12 November 2020
By #OneMealManyThanks
From 9 November, South Africans can win a R1,000 voucher to get out and eat...
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4 November 2020
By Tessa Purdon
Cape Town’s Kloof Street has steadily come back to life and with it, a new...
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30 October 2020
By Nikita Buxton
The Shortmarket Grill will open 10 November 2020 and will showcase an upmarket, brasserie-styled menu.
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29 October 2020
By Nikita Buxton
We cried, we cooked – and together we helped feed our nation and support the...
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27 October 2020
By Romy Wilson
Reflecting on 2020 so far, chef Michael Cooke – of 2019 Eat Out Woolworths Sustainability...
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17 October 2020
By Dominique Solomon
The liquor industry adapted and innovated as COVID-19 prompted South Africans to change how they...
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17 October 2020
By Rita Grobbelaar
Chef Christiaan Campbell discusses what the future holds for regenerative and renewable living in our...
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24 September 2020
By Tessa Purdon
Technology has been rapidly advancing and, in recent months – with the need to limit...
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22 September 2020
By Tessa Purdon
Chef James talks to us about the La Colombe Dine-In Experience - with a difference.
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12 September 2020
By Tessa Purdon
Eat Out’s Nederburg Rising Star winner for 2019 shares his pandemic experience and hopes for...
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12 September 2020
By Nomfundo Nkambule
The alcohol bans forced restaurants to explore new options. Sommelier, Joseph Dhafana shares how La...
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12 September 2020
By Murray Slater
South Africans weren’t daunted by the alcohol ban. Rather, it gave us an opportunity to...
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10 September 2020
By Murray Slater
We highlight some local wineries that are bolstering their support of their communities during these...
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9 September 2020
By Katy Rose
We speak with Alison Hallett, co-founder of Work Mind Matters and practising mental healthcare professional.
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3 September 2020
By Nikita Buxton
Luke Dale Roberts has officially announced the reopening of The Test Kitchen, rebranded as The...
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2 September 2020
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29 August 2020
By Tessa Purdon
With the COVID pandemic hitting SA the hardest during winter, it was inevitable that we...
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26 August 2020
By Eat Out
Even though we all had to maintain a level of physical distance, we could still...
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26 August 2020
By Tessa Purdon
Students pursuing a career in food and hospitality have had to deal with a year...
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19 August 2020
By Katy Rose
From a regular sleep schedule to treating yourself and everything in between, these are the...
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14 August 2020
By Elna Schütz
We chat to Katie Coetzee about Niks Bar, the first non-alcoholic bar in Rosebank.
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11 August 2020
By Ilse Kleinsmidt
Out-of-work bartenders start a carwash with extra touches of hospitality
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5 August 2020
By Ilse Kleinsmidt
Katlego Mlambo of The Marabi Club cooks a warming risotto from his home in Jozi.
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31 July 2020
By Tarryn Corlett
A donation of £31,500 (approx. R670,658), made on behalf of the 50 Best brand and...
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29 July 2020
By Eat Out
A newly formed consortium of South African food suppliers has pooled resources in an effort...
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23 July 2020
By Thando Ndabezitha
Here are a few of the restaurants that found new ways to serve homebound customers...
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14 July 2020
By Karen Dudley
Karen Dudley of now-closed The Kitchen in Woodstock, Cape Town shares her account of the...
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13 July 2020
By Nikita Buxton
Local chefs took to social media to publish powerful images in protest and to shed...
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2 July 2020
By Rita Grobbelaar
While restaurants countrywide are preparing to open their doors to welcome sit-down guests, many wine...
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1 July 2020
By Zola Nene
The 2020 pandemic made us all realise the value of a home-cooked meal and the...
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24 June 2020
By Katy Rose
This bakery, under the command of Captain Bread himself, has soothed many hangovers and broken...
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4 June 2020
By Tessa Purdon
With the number of days of South Africa’s nationwide lockdown is now nearly into the...
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21 April 2020
By Tessa Purdon
In addition to the health crisis, South Africa has a hunger crisis on its hands.
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16 April 2020
By Nikita Buxton
The initiative has been providing produce to those in need during these unprecedented times and,...
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16 April 2020
By Kamini Pather
The foodie and winner of MasterChef South Africa joins us again from her kitchen.
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16 April 2020
By Lauren Goldman
Massimo’s is raising money for the Hout Bay community through BackaBuddy – here’s how you...
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15 April 2020
By Lauren Goldman
We are truly inspired by how everyone is pitching in to help during these scary...
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15 April 2020
By Zola Nene
Our Foodie Editor at Large is making a loaf that's just as simple, and a...
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2 April 2020
By Zola Nene
The COVID-19 crisis has affected almost every industry, but amongst those most deeply affected are...
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27 March 2020
By Romy Wilson
The most important meal of the day is a big deal in the Basson household....
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23 March 2020
By Lauren Goldman
Virtual experiences gave us new ways to interact with loved ones during lockdown.
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23 March 2020
By Kgomotso Moncho-Maripane
The lockdown allowed us to connect through food like never before, with both home cooks...
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23 March 2020
By Elna Schütz
With most people spending more time in the kitchen and with their kids, some chefs...
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23 March 2020
By Tshepang Molisana
Every drop of the wine industry was squeezed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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