Re­turn of the Bull Run

Sand­ton’s fa­mous grill­house has re­opened af­ter a R20m re­fur­bish­ment, and en­ters a new era in the life of the CBD

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For the past few years, The Bull Run, a cor­ner­stone of the Sand­ton din­ing scene di­rectly op­po­site the JSE, has been some­what smoth­ered by the mas­sive de­vel­op­ments tak­ing place around it.

“It seemed as if there was a big new build­ing go­ing up on ev­ery cor­ner,” says Jörg Zwin­scher, gen­eral man­ager of the Bull Run and the ad­ja­cent Protea Ho­tel by Mar­riott Jo­han­nes­burg Balalaika Sand­ton.

The big­gest and clos­est one was The Marc (an acro­nym for its lo­ca­tion on the site of the old Vil­lage Walk shop­ping cen­tre, “Maude And Rivo­nia Cor­ner”). Its dis­tinc­tive gold pat­terned façade, which prompted its nick­name “The Pineap­ple”, is a new land­mark vis­i­ble for tens of kilo­me­tres around in all di­rec­tions. The Marc of­fi­cially opened at the end of July af­ter nearly seven years in the mak­ing.

It’s part of a mixed-use precinct that in­cludes the new 17-floor head­quar­ters of le­gal firm ENS Africa, as well as shops, restau­rants, of­fices, a gym and more.

Along with all the other bur­geon­ing de­vel­op­ment in the Sand­ton CBD — just take Dis­cov­ery Place, Alice Lane Tow­ers, Alexan­der Forbes, E&Y, Werks­mans At­tor­neys and Old Mu­tual as a fairly ran­dom sam­ple of shiny new build­ings that have re­cently sprung up in the coun­try’s rich­est square mile — the open­ing of The Marc has rad­i­cally changed the sur­round­ing land­scape for the Bull Run. Af­ter all, it opened 18 years ago to co­in­cide with the ar­rival of the JSE in Sand­ton in 2000, when the sur­round­ings were dis­tin­guished by lit­tle more than a few ec­cen­tric shops and town­house blocks. Now Sand­ton even has a new tallest build­ing in the as-yet­incom­plete Leonardo.

As the con­struc­tion sites grad­u­ally cleared and The Marc read­ied it­self for its open­ing, the Bull Run qui­etly closed its doors for three months to un­dergo a R20m re­fur­bish­ment it­self, open­ing freshly minted to co­in­cide with the launch of the new ur­ban land­scape around it. “It needed a shake-up to reestab­lish and re­vive it,” says Zwin­scher.

While it re­tains its niche as a favourite lo­cal grill­house spe­cial­is­ing in beau­ti­fully aged steaks — and its iden­tity still de­rives from the stock ex­change across the road — a lot has changed. Ivan van Rens­burg (owner) com­mis­sioned Tris­tan du Plessis of Stu­dio A, who’s well known for award-win­ning restau­rant in­te­ri­ors in a plethora of Joburg hot spots such as Rose­bank’s Mesh Club, Saigon Suzy, Gemelli and more, to rein­vent the in­te­ri­ors.

Even be­fore you get to the in­te­rior dé­cor, the Bull Run has been re­ori­en­tated and ex­tended to plug into the new ur­ban land­scape around it. If you’re not ar­riv­ing by

What it means: New-look venue that of­fers the dis­cern­ing diner an ex­cep­tional life­style ex­pe­ri­ence

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