Popular restaurants to reopen
Two of the three restaurants under the management authority in Bloemfontein are set to open soon.
Under management of the Mangaung Metro Municipality, the Edge Restaurant on Naval Hill remained an empty shell for a long time.
The Terrace Restaurant at Oliewenhuis, which falls under provincial government, has also stood empty since the beginning of the year.
Both these restaurants could reopen their doors before the end of this year. The restaurants fall under the provincial government.
The popular Draai Restaurant at the Fidel Castro provincial government building , which also falls under the provincial government, also aims to open under new management in the current fiscal year open under the new management.
Mzamo Ramoipone, Henk Pieterse and Nico van der Westhuizen of the local company Iewers Nice plan to reopen the restaurant on Naval Hill as the Cutting Edge before the end of the year. They were presented with the keys to the restaurant on Friday (17/08). Local company, Iewers Nice, of Mzamo Ramoipone, Henk Pieterse and Nico van der Westhuizen plans to open the restaurant as the Cutting Edge before the end of this year.
It is expected that they will also receive the tender for The Terrace.
Executive mayor of the Mangaung Metro, Olly Mlamleli, said she would like to see Bloemfontein become a leading tourism destination once again, and that the reopening of these restaurants will contribute towards achieving this dream.
According to Ramoipone, he submitted his first proposal to manage the Naval Hill restaurant in 2015.
He believes in sustainability and that the restaurant can create many opportunities for the city. The restaurant will also create 20 new job opportunities.
Concerning The Terrace Restaurant at Oliewenhuis, several aspects must still be finalised. However, Ramoipone said they plan to open the restaurant in October.
This restaurant has not been operating since the previous tenant’s contract expired in December.
Qondile Khedama, spokesperson of the Mangaung Metro, expressed hope that the Cutting Edge restaurant on Naval Hill, which stood empty for years, will help to revive Naval Hill as tourism attraction and there will be spinoffs for the city.