Bring back Hae­fe­lis Sim­bisa

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Bon­gani Ndlovu Show­biz Cor­re­spon­dent AF­TER

BU­L­AWAYO res­i­dents have ex­pressed dis­be­lief and de­spair at the new look Hae­fe­lis de­scrib­ing it as bland and unattrac­tive, say­ing the city has lost a land­mark.

Over the past eight months, Sim­bisa Foods – a sub­sidiary of Innscor — has been ren­o­vat­ing the pop­u­lar spot sit­u­ated along Fife Street (be­tween 10th and 11th Av­enue) at a cost of $100 000.

The for­mer Hae­fe­lis brought a nos­tal­gic am­biance with its vin­tage wooden chairs and ta­bles giv­ing it a touch of class. It was a good hang­out and ren­dezvous for fam­i­lies, the young and old as they shared var­i­ous con­fec­tionary del­i­ca­cies from the Swiss Bak­ery.

Now, af­ter the ren­o­va­tions, the out­let — which has been re­branded to Fife Street Com­plex (hous­ing Hae­fe­lis, Chicken Inn, Pizza Inn and Cream Inn) — looks unattrac­tive as its beauty has been taken away. With a dull grey paint­ing out­side and a mo­tor spares shop en­vi­ron­ment in­side, the new out­let is just un­invit­ing.

“The longer it took for the place to be opened, the more we an­tic­i­pated that our minds would be blown away and they’d en­hance the im­age we had of the old Hae­fe­lis,” said so­cialite – Babongile Sikhon­jwa.

“We’ve lost a land­mark like Cape to Cairo, City Hall, H&S, Ex­change and the like. We’re re­ally sad.”

Co­me­dian Oliver Keith likened the new out­let to a fill­ing sta­tion.

“My South African friend made a stop at Hae­fe­lis to­day in Bu­l­awayo think­ing it’s a fill­ing sta­tion. He says he thought it was Zuva fill­ing sta­tion,” posted Keith on his Face­book page.

Model, Cy­clone Ree ques­tioned: “Where are we go­ing to sit and have cof­fee and pizza with our friends? They should bring the orig­i­nal Hae­fe­lis back.”

How­ever, all hope is not lost as Sim­bisa group chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer War­ren Meares said Hae­fe­lis, which peo­ple are cry­ing for, would be re­opened next month with a fresh mod­ern look.

“We’re still work­ing on Hae­fe­lis and are hop­ing to open it be­tween De­cem­ber 10 and 11. We know that the place has a sen­ti­men­tal value to many peo­ple around the city,” said Meares. We’re just wait­ing for state-of-the-art equip­ment that’s be­ing im­ported from South Africa and Ger­many.”

“The sit­ting area with the wooden chairs will be back with a larger ca­pac­ity. There’ll be air-con­di­tion­ing as peo­ple in the past com­plained that the place was too hot.”

For those who were wor­ried that the out­let not longer offers tea, Meares said the bak­ery would be there for peo­ple like Cy­clone Ree to en­joy their favourite con­fec­tionary meals with their favourite bev­er­ages.

He said the build­ing had to be ren­o­vated be­cause the in­fra­struc­ture was slowly de­cay­ing.

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