Just 18 months after opening its doors on a restaurant-dense corner of Bree Street, Riverine Rabbit will be closing its doors towards the end of summer 2020. Chef Ash Heeger made the brave announcement last month, explaining to her loyal legion of fans that she would be relocating to the UK to be with her partner.
“I’ve made the decision to close Riverine Rabbit towards the end of the season and move back to the United Kingdom to be with my partner, Erin. Making our relationship my priority, “ said Ash in a statement on Friday, 31 January.
“This has been an incredibly difficult decision to make, one that I’ve not made lightly. For those of you who do not know me personally, I wear my heart on my sleeve and this statement is no different. I’ve prioritised my career above all else my entire life. It’s served me well so far and I’ve excelled in this industry as a result, shaping me into the person I am today.
“I’ve learnt what it takes to be a leader, an employer and a mentor to those around me. Most importantly, I’ve loved every second with my team who have become my family.
“However, the ambitious pursuit of my career goals has been the detriment of many of my personal relationships.
“I do not wish to keep The Rabbit open without my presence in Cape Town, it just wouldn’t feel right.”
With Brexit done and dusted, the United Kingdom is certainly ready to welcome this talented and passionate chef into its culinary scene. Ash’s sister and business partner Mandy van der Berg adds: “We know this is not goodbye; it’s just the next step in her journey. I and the rest of the Cape Town foodies will be waiting in anticipation for her return.”
Riverine Rabbit remains open for bookings until end-March 2020.
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Opened 17 October 2018
Where to find it 81 Church Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town