Chefs Warehouse & Canteen Re-Opens on Bree Street

Chefs Warehouse & Canteen Re-Opens on Bree Street

A new vision for 91 Bree Street.

It wasn’t long ago that feted chef Liam Tomlin swung open the doors of The Bailey, the heritage building opposite his original Chefs Warehouse & Canteen on Bree Street. Now he has a new vision for the entire three storey-building…

The Bailey will be closing on 15 May 2024 for renovations, and re-opening with a back-to-the-original concept Chefs Warehouse & Canteen on the ground floor and a brand-new restaurant, Merchant, on the first floor. The rooftop bar and terrace will become a dedicated events space called Room 91.

“In this heritage building that we love and now know so well, on this street that means so much to us, we are creating completely new big city restaurants, that are for today and tomorrow,” says Liam. “They will be less formal, unique and exceptional destinations for diners to experience exciting, fresh and deep flavours, as well as dishes prepared with locally produced ingredients they won’t find elsewhere. It’ll be fun, vibey, speak to food lovers of all ages and is our renewed commitment to the neighbourhood that feels like home.”

Chefs Warehouse Canteen: Chef Liam

Collaborating with Liam on this monumental transformation are chefs David Schneider (Tomlin’s chef-partner at Chefs Warehouse Maison and The Red Room) and Adrian Hadlow (an accomplished young chef, who has been working in the Chefs Warehouse group since 2022).

Chefs Warehouse & Canteen

On the ground floor of the building, Tomlin is reviving the original concept he had for Chefs Warehouse & Canteen when it first opened in 2014. It will have much the same feeling as its original footprint diagonally across the street, both in terms of the fare – global tapas – and the edgy style that defined the original. It will be dark and full of urban energy, with the return of the communal long tables the original restaurant was known for, along with banquettes and smaller tables.


The first floor is dedicated to championing local producers in fresh new ways, as David Schneider explains “A merchant is someone who goes directly to the source to  procure the best and often the exclusive. In South Africa, we have incredible produce – from meat, game and seafood to vegetables, grains and fruits. At Merchant, we want to make this the focal point of our offering.” Old school practises of zero waste, fermentation and preservation, and honouring the whole animal will be fully integrated into Merchant’s modus operandi, with Schneider’s expertise in butchery coming to the fore.

Room 91

The top floor, with its roof terrace looking over Bree Street to Lion’s Head and Signal Hill, is being reconfigured as a stylish, multipurpose indoor-outdoor event space, available for any private or business occasion: from product launches and business conferences to musical performances and DJs to cocktail parties and weddings, and even film and commercial shoots.

We can’t wait to see what Liam Tomlin has in store for Bree Street in this iteration of the grand old heritage building.

Opening date to be announced
Where to find it 91 Bree Street, Cape Town

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Time of publication: 22 April 2024