The much-loved Noordhoek live-music venue has finally opened a branch in town.
Cafe Roux Noordhoek has become somewhat of an institution when it comes to live music venues, so it was only a matter of time before this unique offering came to the heart of the Mother City.
“We never intended to expand Café Roux, but it all happened very organically and quickly. We saw an opportunity and said if we find the right location and business partners, then it’s an option. We soon found 74 Shortmarket Street and the dream partners, our cousin Vanesa Bisschop-Louw and her husband Michael,” says co-owner Lindi Green.
Much like the original Noordhoek restaurant, Cafe Roux Cape Town will offer patrons an intimate live entertainment experience where they can enjoy a great meal, some wine and first-rate company. “It’s very special to be able to see some of SA’s biggest musical talents and comedians up-close and personal. And to get to hear all the stories behind the songs and the on-stage banter that happens when you create that kind of intimate space.” says Lindi.
The recently renovated interior is the epitome of urban cool. Whereas the Noordhoek branch has a more rustic, family-friendly atmosphere, the Cape Town interior is chic with leather booths, touches of brass, wood and metal, with the focal point being the gorgeous David Bowie mural. “Café Roux in Cape Town is slick and sexy, making it a perfect city experience,” adds Lindi.
Food, glorious food
But, as those familiar with Cafe Roux Noordhoek know, it’s not all about the music – there is also tasty food on offer. “We wanted to keep the food very different to what we serve in Noordhoek and to do food that other restaurants in the area aren’t doing,” says Lindi. The focus is on handmade gourmet pizzas with fresh, seasonal toppings. For those who are not too hungry, there are delicious salads and cheese-and-charcuterie boards.
With Cafe Roux Noordhoek being one of the country’s best music venues, the Cape Town franchise is sure not to disappoint. “We have a super-exciting line-up of SA artists coming to the city early this year: Dan Patlansky, Jack Parow, Albert Frost, Barry Hilton, Sannie Fox and so much more,” says Lindi.
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Words: Charis Le Riche
Images: René Maritz