Chef Wesley Randles (formerly of the Shortmarket Club, The Commissary and Aegir Project) announced on social media that he was preparing to launch a new restaurant in the seaside village of Cape St Francis in the Eastern Cape.
Wesley told Eat Out that the Cape Town move was rather sudden.
âA few weeks ago, two residents took me by plane to see a project they are working on. They had succeeded in buying the lease for the Cape Saint-FranÃ§ois lighthouse. I said yes to the project and two weeks later we moved â.
The project in question is the restoration of the largest masonry building in the southern hemisphere and one of the oldest lighthouses in South Africa, which is located on a special land called Seal Point.
The lighthouse will be transformed into a luxury accommodation facility with Wesley working as the creative director of the precinct. The site restaurant will be located next to the lighthouse and will focus on friendly and accessible cuisine. Wesley says the location and history will influence the space.
âThere is so much wild and raw vegetation here. The restaurant will be on the edge of the peninsula surrounded by the ocean, so there will be a terrace all around. We will be doing a lot of cooking on the open fire and we will also have a bakery on site. You can step right out of the beach with your feet to the sand and enjoy a great family meal in an incredible location. â
Wesley and the team will focus on the community.
âThe Aegir project opened my eyes completely,â he says. âIt is supported by the community and it has become a place for the community of Noordhoek.
He goes on to say that he will only employ staff who live in and around Cape St Francis and that he will train qualified people to cook in his kitchen. In addition, it will source from local suppliers in the region.
If all goes as planned, the venue will be ready to open in four or five weeks.
Stay tuned to Eat Out for further updates.
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