1930s jazz-styled restaurant to open soon at casino

2009-05-10 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG residents who fondly remember the Boston Barbeque at the Golden Horse Casino will soon be welcomed to a new restaurant that is opening in its place.

The R5 million restaurant, Rockafella’s, is being established by local businessman Duncan Paul of the Dunranch Group and his operating partner Jerome Pillay.

They told The Witness that the venue will operate six days a week, Tuesday to Sunday.

Paul has registered the brand Rockafella’s as a franchise and plans eventually to roll out the concept nationwide.

The restaurant has a 1930s jazz theme.

Pillay is currently the operating partner at John Dory’s at the casino, while Paul owns five restaurants and a B&B.

Paul said the casino approached him about nine months ago. He believes the concept of a buffet remains sound, provided that the quality of food is high.

Experienced executive chef Craig Allan will be at the helm in the kitchen.

The menu will have 140 items, including 50 main dishes and various accompaniments.

Allan said they will offer a wide variety of cuisine, including grills and roasts, Mongolian stir-fry, pizzas, Eastern, Mediterranean and fusion dishes, spit braais and fresh linefish.

“We’ve just moved on site. We have redesigned slightly. We want a very interactive kitchen, creating theatre that is open for our guests to feast on with their eyes, thereby creating a great ambiance and vibe,” said Pillay.

Stakeholders involved in the project include Cape Town-based hospitality and catering consultant Cliff Greyvenstein and DNA Designs of Durban.

“The design team has strived to come up with something out of the box, which is elegant and smart enough that the premier can have a birthday party, while also enabling a family to have an outing and feel that they’ve been spoilt.

“Our design team and kitchen consultants have fully embraced our brief of going back in time, with great food and variety for all tastes to nourish the body and an atmosphere to soothe the soul,” said Paul.

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