A renowned local chef and restaurateur John Schmit, has joined forces with the Stonehouse Group to open a brasserie-style restaurant in Phakalane.
Branded as Uncle John’s Kitchen, the restaurant is set to open shortly in the former Q-Bar/McGinty’s premises in Phakalane. As a top of the range restaurant an Afro-European ambience and a regionally, themed menu which appeals to increasingly-sophisticated local tastes, will be offered.
According to Schmit, the fusion cuisine will take the best of African ingredients and give them an up-to-date sophisticated Continental twist as well as including local specialties, firm favourites and something to tempt the younger diners.
He said that in addition, a variety of daily specials and themed evenings will add interest and ring the changes.
“To generate an indigenous environment,” said Schmit, “the d├®cor is Afro-colonial dark wood with a generous al fresco eating area for whenever the weather permits and a central long bar where patrons can enjoy a drink and socialize.”
According to Schmit the aim is to make the restaurant a social hub for residents of Phakalane and the surrounding area, as well as offering a fresh eating out alternative to everyone in and around Gaborone. It is modeled on a genre that has proved popular with residents and visitors alike in some of Africa’s major cities and tourist centers and will fill a distinct market gap locally.
“Just as in traditional European brasseries, or bar-restaurants,” he said, “the emphasis will be on good food and value for the customer’s money in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere.”
Schmit has his roots in the catering industry. He said he started his catering career in the nineteen sixties, as Executive Chef, serving the Grand Duke of Luxembourg in his palace and cooking for all the crowned heads of Europe as well as international celebrities. He later worked as Executive sous-chef for the Holland-America cruise line group and Executive Chef on the prestigious South African Blue Train. He has lived and worked in Botswana since 1989, most recently operating Mokolodi Restaurant and Uncle John’s at Gaborone Golf Club.