Hun­gry fans have eater­ies on the hop

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - HELEN BAM­FORD

SOME restau­rants have been tak­ing ad­van­tage of the tens of thou­sands of cold and hun­gry soc­cer fans stream­ing out of Cape Town sta­dium on match days, and pulling in the money, but oth­ers have closed their doors as nor­mal.

Candice Martin, of An­di­amo in Green Point, said their kitchen closed at 11pm. She said the ma­jor­ity of pa­trons came in be­fore the game and there hadn’t been much of a de­mand for peo­ple want­ing to eat af­ter the game.

“I don’t think peo­ple want to eat a heavy meal so late at night af­ter the match.”

Eu­gene van Wyn­gaard, who man­ages the Spar at the Cape Quar­ter, said they had de­cided to keep their cof­fee shop open un­til mid­night af­ter hear­ing that soc­cer fans had been look­ing for a place to eat and drink on pre­vi­ous match days.

But he said the Spar would close as nor­mal at 9pm. “Peo­ple might want to buy cof­fee af­ter the game but no-one will come and buy toi­let paper.”

Elias Mkhize, a su­per­vi­sor at Vida e caffè in Green Point, which nor­mally closes at 10pm, said there had been com­plaints from some soc­cer fans who had wanted cof­fee af­ter the game.

He said the shop had been very busy ahead of kick-off on match days. “It’s been hec­tic but beau­ti­ful.”

Gio­vanni’s Deli on Main Road has been stay­ing open un­til mid­night to cap­ture the crowd and was in­un­dated, es­pe­cially when Italy played Paraguay on Mon­day. Man­ager Dun­can van der Berg said they had been packed.

Anna Ridgewell, chef and owner of Café Max in De Waterkant, has been run­ning two food­stalls along the Fan Walk.

“It’s been hec­tic. On Mon­day we were sold out be­fore the game.”

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