Restaurants, coffee shops and wine bars were among the first businesses to be affected by the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. “The struggle is real,” as one restauranteur says.

Even before the announcement of the initial 21-day lockdown, our local restaurants had been battling to cope with the shortened opening hours and fewer customers, which meant less income for the business and also fewer shifts – and less wages – for their staff. 

“It has been a very frustrating time for us,” says Emilia Knight of The Gallery Café & Deli, “which is why I was so grateful to be able to get back to work.” With the Level 4 lockdown regulations that came into effect on Friday 1 May, allowing for the delivery of meals, Emilia is one of several restaurant owners who immediately kicked into gear. “I’ve had an amazing response,” she says. 

Emilia does all the deliveries herself, often on her bicycle, and her loyal customers are overjoyed to once again be able to enjoy her delicious, freshly-baked breads, croissants and other pastries. “They also order store cupboard items, ready-made meals such as soups, salads and sarmies, or one of my Weekend Boxes that are filled with goodness to last you the whole weekend.” For the next two weeks Emilia is not charging a delivery fee, but only asks for an old blanket or towel that she will donate to HAWS. You’ll find Emilia’s menu on Facebook (The Gallery Café & Deli Food Store) and orders can be sent via WhatsApp to 076 837 4231. 

At VB’s in Sandbaai, Theo van Niekerk is also driving around, doing his own deliveries. “I’ve been quite busy,” he laughs. “People have been so supportive.” He says he’s been given him a “fighting chance” of keeping his doors open by loyal customers purchasing vouchers during the lockdown. “It has enabled me to pay my staff a portion of their salaries and to get new stock for deliveries.” For now, VB’s is only offering pizzas and delivery to Sandbaai is free; for anywhere else the fee is R45. Check out the menu on their Facebook page (VB’s Restaurant) and place your order via WhatsApp on 072 368 3991 (do not call the landline).

The owner of Char’d and Pear Tree, Petri Hendriksz, also says the first few days of doing deliveries have gone well. “We have to all stand together and stay positive,” he says. Petri’s new home delivery menu features his signature burgers (and a veggie burger on Mondays), pork belly, hake and calamari, and chicken wings, with sides and something sweet. 

“We have contracted people to do the deliveries, such as tour operators, who would otherwise not have any work or income at the moment,” he says. “The delivery fee goes straight to them.” Petri is also selling burger packs and braai packs, complete with basting and seasoning. Find all the details on his Facebook page (Char’d Hermanus) and call 028 312 1986 to place your order.

Other establishments in town that are doing home deliveries include The Eatery, where Rebecca Matthysen offers a full menu and ready-made family meals. Check out her Facebook page (The Eatery Hermanus) and order via WhatsApp on 082 261 9442 to find out what they have in stock and ready to go – otherwise, you can order your desired dish two days in advance. Rebecca does all the deliveries herself and when she’s not busy in The Eatery’s kitchen, she assists Food4Love in providing food for the neediest members of our communities during the lockdown.

Rossi’s is back with a delivery menu featuring some of their most popular pizzas and pasta dishes. The delivery fee is R40 per order (Voëlklip to Westcliff) between 16:00 and 19:00 daily. Call 028 312 2848 to order. Dutchies and Ficks have also reopened for home deliveries to the CBD, Eastcliff and Voëlklip only, between 11:00 and 19:00. You’ll find their menus on their Facebook pages (Dutchies @ Grotto Beach Hermanus / Ficks) and can contact 028 312 4082 or info@ficks.co.za / 028 314 1392 or info@dutchies.co.za to place your orders. 

If you’re in the Onrus area and miss hanging out at your favourite neighbourhood restaurant, both Karmenaadjie and Molteno’s are open for home deliveries. “We are beyond excited to bring a bit of Karmenaadjie joy to the homes of our loyal customers,” says Jo-Anne Oertel, who can be contacted on 028 316 2967 or 071 683 6408 for orders. You’ll find the menu on their Facebook page (Karmenaadjie). Molteno’s is offering their full menu (Moltenos on Facebook), including their popular Sunday lunch, with free deliveries in Onrus and Vermont.

The Brewery in Hemel-en-Aarde has a new fast food menu offering their classic pizzas (gluten-free base available), flame-grilled burgers, ribs, pork belly, Portuguese chicken, hake, calamari and curries. Order via WhatsApp on 082 366 2398 or call 028 316 4626 and you’ll get a 1.5L Coke with every delivery order over R250. Follow them on Facebook (The Brewery Hemel-en-Aarde) for the menu and current specials, such as half-price pizza.

The B’stro at La Vierge has a new home delivery menu with B’s legendary steaks, ribs, calamari, chicken, bobotie and yes, Bruce’s Ultimate Onion and other side dishes. They deliver from Vermont to Voëlklip, every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday between 16:30 and 18:00, as well as this Sunday for Mother’s Day. Check out the menu on Facebook (Bistro at La Vierge) and call 082 560 2600 to place your order.

The Village NEWS has created a Facebook page – Restaurant Deliveries Overstrand Level 4 – in order to assist our local restaurants. You can get all the details there and we encourage our readers to make full use of their home delivery services. Remember, it is more important than ever to support local!

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