In the year Launched in 2018 as a flagship lifestyle entertainment boutique and the city’s first three-story shopping restaurant and bar, Milk Restaurant and Bar will relaunch as Milk Restaurant and Champagne Bar in 2020 after a covid-induced hiatus. 19 Epidemic.
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In recent years, Khayelitsha has seen the addition of Spade Boutique Hotel and Spa, Rands Cape Town, Spine Road Lifestyle, Ocean Canda and Seek Lounge as the Cape’s next tourism and entertainment hub. These establishments are joining a long list of established, well-known establishments such as Kwaese and Kefu Jazz Bar.
One of the largest cities in South Africa, Kayelitsha is located just outside of Cape Town and is known for its entrepreneurial spirit, friendly people and diverse cultures. The Dairy Restaurant and Champagne Bar is one of the few places where you can wine and dine and still lounge on different floors of the same property or establishment.
Cooperation to rebuild the economy of the city
Milk Restaurant and Champagne Bar was established in 2018 by Spelo Jalivane, who opened the restaurant out of pocket and had great success, but the business immediately faced challenges that put pressure on his work.
“I opened the business early. Not knowing the challenges I would face with the infrastructure, I rushed to get it off the ground. I took the required kitchen equipment at a premium and this resulted in poor service delivery,” Jalivane said.
Mshayi now partners with the Mbeki brothers, Mfundo and Mshayi, who are the owners of the popular Khayelitsha restaurant Rand Cape Town. Jalivane said that he is very excited and looking forward to this new partnership and meeting.
Although the three businessmen have worked together on other projects in the past, this indicates the importance of unity to boost the economy of the community and the city. The relaunch of the restaurant will see the resurrection of 35 job opportunities, with the majority of staff from Kayelitsha.
What to expect in the milk restaurant and champagne bar
Milk Restaurant and Champagne Bar is divided into three floors – ground floor, first floor and second floor (the roof). The ground floor was previously used as a restaurant and will now be a full-time liquor store with a separate entrance to the restaurant and champagne bar. The liquor store offers a variety of beverages such as beer, cider, wine, hard liquor, and more for off-site dining.
The restaurant has moved to the first floor with a focus on fine dining in part serving fine dining as opposed to the current original fine dining experience. Guests can expect to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in modern, contemporary and elegant furnishings with velvet accents. Food offerings range from seafood, grills and light meals.
The second floor (the roof) offers an overview of the landscape of Khayelitsha. Designed with high-end customers in mind who enjoy premium drinks such as champagne, cognac or whiskey, it has a lounge that can accommodate four to 10-seater groups.
Milk Restaurant and Champagne Bar is located on the corner of Makbeni Road and Zanzi Street in Kayelitsha and is open from Monday to Sunday from 10am to 11pm.
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