Exciting new concept in dining and shopping to open soon in Cape St Francis

Last week a post on a local WhatsApp group lit up when notice of an application for a liquor License appeared on the group. As was to be expected those without knowledge of what the facts are immediately condemned it. It would not have been surprising if those against it were not already hard at work making up placards objecting so they could organise a march on on Councillor Ben Rheeder’s office to show their opposition and let their objections be known.

The applicant wisely called on the same media group to allay the fears of the village by laying out exactly why the license was being applied for and what their exciting new concept is all about. No doubt there will still be some who will object for in every village, town, city you will always get those who resist change thinking only of themselves. 

The owner outlines his business concept to be known as “The Coastal Collective” better than SFT could possibly relate it so read what entrepreneur Ari Kraak and his fiance Faye Zoetmulder  have to say (slightly edited) of this truly exciting venture that is sure to add to the quality of life in Cape St Francis.

The Coastal Collective

The Coastal Collective. 2 Suffolk Lane, Cape St Francis

“Faye and I both grew up in the Eastern Cape and have been part of this community for some time with Faye’s family having owned a house in Seals for 10 years and my family having owned a house in Seals for the past 25 years. We met eight years ago in Seals  and have shared the dream of one day owning a sustainable organic -Cafe / boutique in this amazing town. Well we are about to make our dream a reality and would love you to be a part of our dream.

There are three shops situated behind liquid lines on 2 Suffolk Lane, our MO is to support local, buy organic and recycle as much as we can. We aim to uplift the town, increase value and offer products and food that are of the highest standard.

Without revealing too much the shops will offer the following,

Café – Health juices/ smoothies/ wraps/ saarmies/ Buddha bowls and excellent coffee ( Livingston is a 10year senior barista thats joining us)

Boutique – Clothing, plants, carpets, umbrellas, baby clothes/items, garden items, gifts etc etc etc

Fisheries / Deli – fresh fish (locally sourced) LOCAL CALAMARI only :) Muscles, prawns, crayfish…anything from the sea… As well as fish and chips, calamari and chips and rotisserie chicken and chips  all freshly made on site..

Our trading hours vary between shops

Cafe – 7am-3pm (Season 7am-6pm)

Boutique 9am-4pm (Season 9am- 7pm)

Fisheries/deli – 10am – 6pm (season 10am-8pm)

We have been super busy trying to get ready and open before season, the day is fast approaching. We hope to be open next week and thought it was about time to start sharing some info.

We will have more info on our soft opening in the week, but we would really appreciate if you would spread the word, stop by and have a look or just a chat. We would love your feedback… 

There is still a lot to do to make it perfect but next week hopefully its a go..

We thought it would be amazing to have a beer with your fish and chips, or even a glass of champagne with your fresh oysters and have therefor applied for an ON CONSUMPTION liquor license… part of the application is to hold a meeting with the community to hear their thoughts and answer any questions.

This meeting will take place this Friday the 16th of October at ” the coastal collective” 3pm, i invite you to all join. Please note there are strict COVID 19 protocols in place as there has been a recent spike in the 6312 district.. Wear your masks.

We will be answering questions with Mr Ben Reider the town councillor, We would love all feedback, positive or negative .

Here are a few pics, like mentioned we not finished yet…

Thanks for your time, we hope to get your support, uplift seals and enjoy this beautiful piece of coast.”

We, as we are sure most of the community, wish you well  in this exciting venture.

The Coastal Collective

The Coastal Collective Boutique

The Coastal Collective

The Coastal Collective Cafe & Deli



Fabulous Foods for Father’s Day

Grace Stevems Everydy Baking & DecoratingAccording to Grace Stevens, in her experienced opinion as a baking genius and as a mom, nothing is more important than showing your family how much you appreciate them. Fabulous food is one of the best ways to share the love, and this Father’s Day presents us with another opportunity to show dads how much they mean to us by making them some delicious treats.It is well established that breakfast in bed is a favourite with dads the world over, right after letting him take a well-deserved nap in peace and indulging his dad jokes.

Wake him up from his nap with a cup of coffee and a gorgeous gooey chocolate brownie and you will be well on your way to being his favourite child.

How about putting a slideshow together of all your favourite dad memories and take the time to listen and laugh at all the embarrassing stories about you as a kid.

Grace says that in her household, homemade pizza with dad’s favourite toppings reigns supreme as the perfect father’s day meal. Throw in a giant mug of hot chocolate to sip in front of a roaring fire and you have yourself the perfect day spent with dad.

Grace says that unfortunately some dads feel underappreciated, and her husband says sometimes he feels like an ATM because the kids only talk to him when they need money. Father’s Day is a great way to remind your dad that that you notice all the love and care he gives you and are thankful to him for sacrificing that sports car so you could have all that our hearts desire.

For more recipes by Grace Stevens and easy to follow online baking and cake decorating courses visit www.gracestevens.co.za or follow @gracestevenschef.

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Lockdown Cooking Masterclass – Local Chef’s video shows us how to cook a delicious Chicken Teriyaki dish

JP de MeillonLocal Chef’s Jean-Pierre De Meillon or just ‘JP’ as he is known to most who have tasted his delicious fare whilst head chef at Cape St Francis Resort and more recently Full Stop Cafe. Famous for his calamari dishes including his Calamari Three Ways whilst at the Resort (he won the inaugural Calamari Challenge at the Calamari Festival  a couple of years back) and probably the best hake & chips north of the lighthouse. His move to Full Stop Cafe across the road from the resort has seen him take the pizza business to a new level in these parts and just prior to the lockdown, Full Stop Cafe was running a R79 Pasta special every Thursday and one of the first pasta dishes that this scribe savoured was the very dish featured in the video below.  DELICIOUS!

We can’t wait to have this lockdown over JP so we can again have a taste of your great cooking enjoyed of course with a Car Park John draft beer.

Restaurateurs in the St Francis area met to discuss the way forward

Some information posted on social media that some traders may have missed.

In a proactive move, restaurateurs in the St Francis area met at the Links on Friday morning to compare notes and combine efforts in prevention and management of the uncertain times we currently find ourselves in. Hours affected by new liquor trading regulations, interpretations of the regulations (with the help of the Restaurant Association of South Africa), the slowdown in business, staffing, suppliers and an uncertain future was discussed.

The positive outcome was that our guests may rest assured that restaurateurs are taking this pandemic seriously and are doing everything in our power to safeguard our patrons. Covid-19 has hit the hospitality industry hard and there are ways in which you can assist with the livelihood of those in the industry including their employees.

Please support them by making use of limited trading services and take-aways on offer. Many are even offering free delivery services. And respect the new regulations which everyone agrees must be adhered to: When last rounds are called, let’s not challenge the managers or staff. It’s good to see local business stand together during this time of crisis. We will continue to meet as the Coronavirus unfolds.


Should you wish to publish your take- away menu online St Francis Today will happily publish it at no charge on a section of the newsletter we are creating for these menus. For more information call Colin on 082 554 0796 or mail colin@stfrancistoday.com. Menus can be in MSWord format, as PDF’s or Jpegs / PNG format.

Do holiday crowds cause locals to hibernate?

There certainly could be a good argument that when the holiday crowds arrive some locals disappear into their hibernation burrows waiting for the crowds to go before reuniting with their fellow St Franciscans. But it seems some need a major occasion to arise and reunite and what better than a good offer –  Half Price Pizza? And so many familiar faces were to be seen at Full Stop Cafe last evening.

The popular Full Stop half price pizza was re-introduced after a two month break over the season saw friends and families reunite in their masses at Full Stop Café. Other restaurants offer specials after the season but none appear to attract quite the crowd that Full Stop Café seems able to draw to partake of their great pizza menu. And it is not only about pizza for their burgers too are among the best you will taste anywhere.

Kids play area at Full Stop Cafe

What is now Full Stop Café  certainly has transformed itself over the years from a rather dingy little pub, Stix, five or so year ago to a popular music venue / restaurant / pub, Rock Lily for a few years and a little more than a year ago, into a bright, airy and  popular family friendly eatery. The large garden offers a safe and secure child friendly playing area complete with a jumping castle, water fountain and jungle gym where kids work off their energy leaving their parents free to enjoy their pizza, burger or one of the other choices  off a really nice menu. And talking of kids it really is a great venue to hold a kids birthday party. Not bad for a 60th or 70th celebration either!


If you missed the pizza evening, St Francis Links is having one of their famous curry evening this evening at just R for a choice of Bombay Chicken Curry, South African Lamb Curry and Butternut & Lentil Curry. Delicious!


Sarah-Jane at Dune Ridge has introduced a new daily menu, yes the menu is changed daily and offers the discerning diner some truly exciting fare. Those who have yet to visit Dune Ridge, it truly is worth the drive. The short stretch of dirt road sets the scene for your visit into the country and it has to be one of the loveliest dining venues in the area. Give it a try!


Here is tonight’s menu at Dune Ridge (29th January)