Quayside Restaurant now open

22nd December –

The article below was based on information gleaned from posts made on Facebook and in the press  as well as comments made to St Francis Today and was published before receiving a response to an e-Mail requesting clarification sent to Quayside Restaurant. We have now received a response which certainly does clarify that there is indeed NO COVER CHARGE but rather “corkage fee” which is R100 PER COUPLE and not per person and is certainly in line with any other unlicensed establishment and quite reasonable considering the restaurant provides glasses, ice and all the related services.

Here is and extract from Nevil Hulett in response to our e-Mail ….

Our first ‘Champagne’ opening night was for our supporters. We charged a high cover charge which included no alcohol. Once seated we gave complimentary bottles of Krone champagne to thank everyone for their support (while stocks lasted). The petition is not compulsory.

We now charge R100 per couple corkage.

Reason for this is that we can’t allow large groups of teenagers to bring their own alcohol, trash the place and leave without spending a cent. This is exactly what the management of Quaysyde Family Barbeque Restaurant and the neighbouring property owners do not want.”

Thank you for the clarification for we are sure you will attract more than your share of diners over the coming weeks and months


The new Quayside Restaurant opened its doors on Saturday and one wonders how the R200 cover charge went down with would-be diners. Word is out that the food is good and the setting is certainly appealing. Not having a liquor license should not be the end of the world, in fact many diners would prefer to bring their own and would be happy to pay a corkage fee. But to ask patrons to basically donate R200 to cash flow irrespective of whether they enjoy their meal or not, does seem somewhat pretentious. Being presented with a bill of several hundred Rand before tasting even a morsel of food, simply for the privilege of dining, surely is a first for a new and untested eatery.

For those readers who also read news of the opening on Facebook, the R200 cover charge would have been enough for them to scratch Quayside off their list of restaurants to visit. Facebook is notorious for passing on misinformation for it seems contrary to the press report  which indicates the R200 was for opening night only. Going forward it appears, also from the press report, that there will be a R100 per person charge until a liquor license is granted. The press report goes on to state that patrons will be asked to sign a petition to support granting of a liquor license. Will they be barred entry for refusing to sign for it could prove unconstitutional if their refusal is based on religious or health grounds?

Whilst there will be a few  with flush wallets more than prepared to pay this exorbitant cover charge, there are many, many more who will not and one would think that ‘Bums on Seats’ is a far better way to generate turnover and get a new restaurant on the map. It would certainly be a different story if a world renowned chef was invited to create some magical cuisine or those paying the cover charge were invited to dine at a ‘Chef’s Table’, but just to enter a restaurant? Restaurants build clientele on good food, good service and good value and will always attract re-visits where these three components are present.  Few people like dining in empty restaurants for some would rather queue than sit alone in an empty room. so one would think a full restaurant in the early days would be preferable to a couple of occupied tables.

Lastly, what about the waiters and waitresses? A handful of tables leave a handful of tips so let’s hope that Quayside is full every night or that they get a share of the cover charge so these youngsters don’t become disillusioned with working long hours without reasonable compensation.

No doubt many, especially those who live in the area permanently, would love to try out the Quayside but will have to wait for a liquor license to be granted before they are able to savour even a light meal.

NOTE: Information pertaining to the cover charge was obtained from a press report and Facebook. An e-Mail was sent to the restaurant to confirm whether this was in fact a requirement but at time of sending out this newsletter we had not yet received a reply.

Chris Bertish – Dream it, See it, Believe it, Achieve it!

Chris Bertish – Dream it, See it, Believe it, Achieve it!

Certainly one of the best events on the St Francis Events calendar for 2015 was the book launch and motivational talk by Chris Bertish a Cape St Francis Resort on Friday evening. For those who did attend, one could say we were all enthralled by the story of this “skinny kid from Kenilworth, Cape Town”. To those who chose not to attend because they really didn’t see what could be interesting about a talk by a ‘surfer’, well too bad for this was a story of 15 years of courage, dedication and an absolute desire to achieve.

A lesson where anything is possible

A story where the words ‘can’t’ and ‘impossible’ were thrown into the trash can, never to appear in his dictionary or vocabulary again. A story where in spite of having trained to be able to hold his breath for five minutes, he was dragged for over a kilometre underwater by a massive wave rendering him paralysed from lack of oxygen and just seconds from certain death when plucked from the water by the rescue team. A story where courage and a determination to achieve, took him back into the cauldron of 60 foot monster waves that had earlier almost cost him his life, to go on to claim one of the most coveted titles in the world of surfing and achieve his goal set years earlier.

If there was a negative to the evening was the lack of youngsters attending for it was mainly the older generation in the audience; note we did not use the word elderly. Certainly there were a handful of those in their mid to latter twenties but the those starting out in life in new jobs are going to university certainly could have benefitted.  And kudos to Chris for engaging a few very young kids in his talk for who knows maybe one or two of them will remember this evening and it inspire them to go on to set and achieve goals and maybe achieve greatness.

Those readers who have sons and daughters in their late teens or early twenties who could not or chose not to attend, if you see a talk by Chris Bertish advertised anywhere in your area in the future, take your family to listen to this inspiring ‘lesson in life’. And if you cannot get to hear him live, buy his book ‘Stoked’ as a gift for your youngsters for maybe it will inspire them to accept that anything is possible. (There is a link at the bottom of this article or possibly it is available at the Book and I in the village.)

And if you are a corporate or school looking for an out of the ordinary motivational speaker for a conference or teambuilds, look no further than Chris Bertish.

To go into all that Chris represents in a news article of this nature is, well, it’s possible but we are not going to do that but instead we will let Chris tell just a part of his story himself by giving you a couple of links to his website.

Chris has now also turned his hand to film making and his movie “Ocean Driven” has already scooped numerous International accolades from the Best Feature film, Honor award and Audience Choice Award at various International festivals the world over.

Thank you Chris for a truly enjoyable and enlightening evening and thanks for reminding this scribe, if not the majority of the audience, that we are never to old to be setting ourselves goals and working tirelessly at achieving them.

A big thank you to Cape St Francis Resort and to Fiona Malherbe and Anita Lennox for inviting me to this inspiring talk.

To buy the book – http://chrisbertish.com/book/

To see the movie “Ocean Driven” trailer – http://chrisbertish.com/film/

To find out more on Chris as a motivational speaker  – http://chrisbertish.com/speaking/

Chris Bertish

Photo from chrisbertish.com

Cuckoo – One flew over

The following article submitted by Wessel Rossouw

African Emerald Cuckoo

African Emerald Cuckoo

To say that someone is cuckoo is not very flattering to say the least. However in the English world, once again, not everything is always what it seems. In the British Empire (whatever that means) “being cuckoo” means to be not all there, speaking a lot without saying anything (like the incessant calling of a cuckoo) or even crazy. In the New English World (read America) it means to be very enthusiastic about something.

In South Africa (it is up to you to decide about the English world we fall into) when we speak cuckoo we are mostly referring to a family of birds that are nefarious for basically two reasons. On the one hand they are brood parasites. This means they lay their eggs in other birds’s nests and those poor birds have to feed and bring up the young cuckoos. Come to think of it, this could not be the reason “cuckoo” refers to not being all there. After all, not having teenagers in your home must be the result of some very fancy and clever footwork.

The second reason they are nefarious is because of their incessant calling. It can drive you crazy to hear a Red-chested Cuckoo calling from sunrise to sunset and what makes you even more crazy is the fact that the are notoriously difficult to catch sight of. The call travels quite a distance and it also seems to me that they are part ventriloquist as well and this can really drive you up the wall or make you go cuckoo for that matter. Some cuckoos in the region of Asia are known as “Brain-Fever Birds.” Their loud, monotonous calls, repeated incessantly through the sweltering nights of India, were alleged by British colonials to be enough to provoke brain-fever and madness.

Even the bard (THE BARD) Shakespeare mentions the cuckoo as a voice in the wilderness, of little importance, without recognition of his kin because of its parasitising other birds and their nests:

“So when he had occasion to be seen
He was but as the cuckoo in June,
Heard, not regarded . . .”
(King Henry IV, Part 1, III, 2, 74-76)

Here endeth our English literature lesson! This theme was also exploited in a rather brilliant movie a few years back called: “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.” Whatever the case may be, it is also true that the majority of birds belonging to this family bring up their own young. They are also among some of the most beautiful birds you will ever get the opportunity to see. In Greek mythology, Zeus transformed himself into a cuckoo so that he could seduce Hera; the bird was sacred to her. Another interesting fact is that coucals are also part of this family, albeit a rather cuckoo family.

Read also – Local resident receives national award and more on birding in the greater St Francis Region