South African steakhouse Cape Dutch, owned by Justin Anthony and True Story Brands, closes after four years on Cheshire Bridge Road on Saturday, January 25. But the restaurant group plans to reopen Cape Dutch in a new Buckhead location later this year.
“The lease for the building in which Cape Dutch currently resides has been purchased,” a representative for the restaurant tells Eater Atlanta of the closure and relocation. “We are actively seeking out a new location and hope to bring the Cape Dutch concept to the Buckhead neighborhood within the coming months.”
The restaurant opened on Cheshire Bridge in late 2015, following the closure of Woodfire Grill earlier that spring after 13 years there. Cape Dutch focuses its menu on wood-fired grilled South African braai dishes like steak, whole fish, and chicken as well as biltong (jerky). Executive chef Philippe Haddad intends to continue providing the Cape Dutch menu via the restaurant group’s catering branch.
Cape Dutch isn’t the only True Story Brands restaurant relocating this year. The group’s South African-American restaurant Yebo Beach Haus on West Paces Ferry is relocating a half mile northeast to the Andrews Square complex on East Andrews Drive this spring. Yebo Beach Haus plans to take over the former Bar Americano and Bar Crema spaces, which both closed in April 2018 after only six months in business.
2019 saw two significant restaurant shakeups along the Cheshire Bridge corridor, including the closure of 40-year-old Chinese restaurant Hong Kong Harbour and new ownership for longtime Creole-style seafood restaurant Red Snapper. Cheshire Bridge is also home to the 92-year-old Southern institution The Colonnade and popular Thai restaurant Little Bangkok.
In addition to Yebo Beach Haus and Cape Dutch, True Story Brands also owns Biltong Bar in Buckhead and Ponce City Market and 10 Degrees South on Roswell Road.