Hungry fans have eateries on the hop
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.”