The transformation of the iconic Glencairn Hotel (Cape Town), which started with the opening of a family restaurant (Barstaurant) in December 2020, has been completed. Re-branded and now known as the Deep South Eatery, the restaurant has expanded its culinary offering to include a Hickory Shack traditional smoke house in partnership with ‘pitmaster’ Jay Haupt, the owner of the original Hickory Shack outside Elgin. The menu features slow-cooked, Texas-style barbeque dishes including beef brisket and ribs, pulled pork and BBQ chicken wings, and sides of buttermilk mash, fries, coleslaw and cowboy meaty beans, and more.
The restaurant is geared towards locals and families, with comfortable outdoor and indoor dining areas, and lawns with jungle gyms and safe play areas for children. Offering diners the opportunity to ‘eat around the world’, the Deep South Eatery menu also includes Italian wood-fired pizzas and build-your own pizzas for children, as well as signature sushi dishes. Other classic favourites include tacos, fish & chips, burgers and Caesar salad, as well as delicious vegan options.
Another exciting addition to the historical building, which dates back to 1904, is the opening of the Deep South Supply Company on street level. A passion project for the business partners of the Tintswalo family, Lisa and Warwick Goosen, and Ryno and Melissa du Rand, the Deep South Supply Co. is a stylish wine boutique and liquor retail shop, which also specializes in selling gift items, biltong and everything one needs for the perfect braai at home.
The personality behind the Deep South Supply Co is sommelier Jabu Ngwenya, who is currently studying towards level 3 of his international WSET (The Wine & Spirit Education Trust) qualification. Jabu first joined Tintswalo in 2009 as a junior waiter/barman at Tintswalo Atlantic. Over the years he further developed his interest in wine, and after taking a year off to travel the world and gather international experience, he returned to Tintswalo Atlantic as Hospitality and Service manager overseeing restaurant and bar operations until the opening of the Deep South Supply Co. The wine and liquor shop not only serves retail clients, but also acts as a central purchasing department for the restaurant and the two hotels within the Tintswalo group in the Cape, as well as Tintswalo’s safari lodges upcountry. In addition, it offers a convenient wholesale service to other restaurants, bars and hotels.
The Deep South Eatery is open six days a week for lunch and dinner (closed on Mondays), with breakfast served on Saturdays and Sundays. An extensive selection of drinks is available, including beers on tap and craft beers. The wine list features some popular options, as well as more unusual vintages and varietals, and a soon-to-be-launched ‘wine wall’, inviting diners to browse and select the wine they would like to enjoy with their meal. Sports events are broadcast on big-screens in the bar area and live music is featured on weekends. Special events such as Comedy or Quiz Nights, as well as fun children’s events and activities are scheduled on a regular basis.