Strelitzia: research helps with Restaurant revamp

2011-12-22 00:00

BOTANICAL Gardens’ Strelitzia Restaurant is being spritzed, said the new owner, Siphiwe Ngcobo.

Ngcobo, the owner of Ilawu Hotels and Lodges, is known for his hotel and bed and breakfast in Scottsville, as well as the Ilawu Boutique Hotel, just five minutes from the Botanical Gardens.

“The brand of Ilawu has done well for the last two years and we, my staff and I, want to become the best in hospitality,” said Ngcobo.

In terms of the restaurant, Ngcobo has made a few changes in the design.

“I’ve changed the menu, but not too much. From our research we found that the restaurant did not provide a lot of variety and we have increased the variety on the menu, including adding more kids meals as we envision it as a family restaurant.

“In our research we also found that the prices were high for the clientele of Prestbury so we have tried to lower the prices, but without compromising the quality.”

He describes the restaurant as the perfect setting for business meetings and family outings. “The restaurant is not known to many people in Pietermaritzburg and I plan on changing that.”

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