Local café receives top award

Situated in the City Bowl, Ground Art Caffe has received the Restaurant Association of South Africa (Rasa) Cape Town Neighbourhood Award for 2019.

The award ceremony took place during the Tops at Spar Wine Show at GrandWest, which ran from Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 July.

The awards ceremony recognises restaurants, cafés and delis with the highest honours of service excellence and overall contribution to the upliftment of the restaurant industry as a whole.

Ground Art Caffe is a family-run business that opened its doors in Strand Street three years ago.

Boasting quality coffee and a dedicated wall for exhibiting art, the café is famous for its unique African Arabic coffee which is sourced and roasted by its dedicated artisan roaster.

Lisa Cormack-Thomson, who is the co-owner of the café, said that the family was excited as well as proud to have received the award.

Running the cafè with her husband, Ross, and son, Dustin, she said they were first-time café owners and did not have any experience on how to run a coffee shop.

“We just took it as we went. We did things from how we, as customers, would expect services to be,” she said.

Cormack-Thomson said the award came as a surprise and that they were appreciative of their customers for noticing all their efforts.

“We were not expecting this, but considering the fact that we always cater to our customers, it should not have come as the surprise that it did.”

She said this was a team effort from everyone who is involved in the daily operations of the business.

The Green Point City Improvement District (GPCID) chairperson Deon de Wet said they are proud of the café on being selected for the award.

De Wet said: “The accolade endorses the quality coffee shops and restaurants on offer on the GPCID area and we encourage locals and visitors alike to come to explore the incredible offering available in our clean and safe area.”

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