Pop-Up to Permanent
The original plan was bittersweet: Joburg dwellers finally got to savour famed South African chef Luke Dale-Roberts's award-winning food in their own city at his pop-up restaurant at the Saxon Hotel, but only for a brief spell between late January and the end of March 2016. The new plan is just plain sweet: the slick eatery is becoming a permanent fixture.
From May, the Luke Dale-Roberts at the Saxon restaurant will be open to the Jozi public indefinitely, so locals will no longer have to travel all the way to Cape Town to tuck into the chef's extraordinary culinary creations at The Test Kitchen, The Pot Luck Club or the new Naturalis, all based in Woodstock.
George Cohen, the Managing Director of Saxon Hotel, had the following to say: 'With the success of the current pop-up restaurant, the decision to create a permanent dining space with Luke Dale-Roberts continues the Saxon philosophy of offering unique guest experiences'.
The restaurant is still set to close at the end of March, but simply with the aim of doing an extensive refurbishment to prepare it for its re-opening in May. Apparently we can expect a significant re-design, led by Luke's designer wife Sandalene Dale-Roberts, and if his other restaurants are anything to go by, we're pretty sure we're in for a visual treat. The space already displays works by renowned artists Peter Eastman and Mark Rautenbach, so we're excited to see how it will be further transformed.
Once opened, Joburgers will be treated to Luke's new autumn menu, which will feature plates filled with fresh produce from the hotel's private garden.
Watch this space to find out more about the look, feel and offering of this new spot when it opens.