In­ter­est­ing lots at Marimba Restau­rant sale

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ALL THE as­sets of the pop­u­lar Marimba Restau­rant and mu­sic bar, which closed its doors at the end of its lease at the Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, will be auc­tioned by Bid­way Auc­tion House on site on Thurs­day.

The items on of­fer will in­clude all the fix­tures and fit­tings and the mu­si­cal in­stru­ments used in its fa­mous pi­ano bar – mak­ing for in­ter­est­ing lots, says Bid­way Auc­tion House auc­tion­eer and com­pany head Stef Olivier.

Among the items go­ing un­der the ham­mer is one of the world’s largest marim­bas, which was mounted on the ceil­ing of the restau­rant. Five more tra­di­tional marim­bas as well as a sought- af­ter 2003 Yamaha C3 pi­ano will also be on of­fer.

“The pi­ano has been played by nu­mer­ous lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional guests through the years. It is in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion, and was tuned and ser­viced on a weekly ba­sis,” Olivier says. “We ex­pect a lot of in­ter­est in this gem from the mu­sic world.”

The fix­tures in­clude a 3m by 6m mez­za­nine deck, light fit­tings, bar coun­ters, bulk­heads, sound­proof­ing tiles and 2km of steel ca­bling, which formed part of the sound­proof­ing sys­tem.

All the restau­rant fur­ni­ture, in­clud­ing 40 ta­bles, more than 150 chairs and 20 bar chairs, will be auc­tioned on the day, as will kitchen equip­ment, such as a com­bi­na­tion cold room/freezer room; a glass four-door walk-in fridge; a 2.5-door un­der-counter bar fridge; a five-pan con­vec­tion oven; a chip fryer and a hood-type dish­washer, Olivier says.

A large se­lec­tion of cater­ing equip­ment will also be avail­able, in­clud­ing crock­ery, cut­lery, chaf­ing dishes, bain marie in­serts and glasses.

The auc­tion as­sets can be viewed be­tween 9am and 4pm on Wed­nes­day, at the Marimba’s for­mer premises at the CTICC. The auc­tion will be held at the venue at 11am on Thurs­day.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact auc­tion­eer Stef Olivier at 082 823 2615 or Stef@bid­ or visit­

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