THE signature Chefs Warehouse at MAISON restaurant in Franschhoek has been given a new lease on life thanks to entrepreneurs Seb Ackerstaff and Jessie Verdonschot, founders of the COCOON design brand. This follows the recent announcement of the restaurant’s impending closure just two months ago. Seb and Jessie have since decided to acquire the MAISON estate and hence, reboot the restaurant.
A few months ago, Liam Tomlin and David Schneider, the owners of Chefs Warehouse at MAISON made the difficult decision to close the restaurant permanently, prompting an outpouring of support from its devoted patrons who were determined to save this beloved Cape culinary institution. The news caught the attention of Seb and Jessie, long-time fans of the estate who felt the need to preserve its legacy and its people.
The new owners have a grand vision in mind for MAISON. “We are currently drawing up exciting plans to provide MAISON Estate with a significant new chapter and renewed lease on life. The restaurant will undergo a brief period of closure later this year for us to give the space a refreshed ambience ahead of the summer season. But Seb and I also have future plans in the works that will see a transformation of the restaurant, villa, and estate as a whole,” said Jessie, adding, “this work will serve to preserve the estate’s warm and inviting atmosphere while thoughtfully expanding on all the offerings.”
“We are immensely grateful to our loyal customers, who have become like family, for their unwavering support throughout this journey,” shared Liam and David. “Together with Seb and Jessie, we embark on an unexpected yet thrilling new chapter that preserves MAISON’s legacy while propelling us into an exciting new era of reinvention. The evolution promises to be nothing short of extraordinary, as COCOON’s transformative vision merges seamlessly with the culinary expertise and cherished traditions that have made the restaurant a beloved Winelands destination for food enthusiasts.”
Opening hours for June and July 2023
- Lunch: Fridays to Sundays 12pm – 2.30pm
- Dinner: Thursdays to Saturdays 6pm to 8pm
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PHOTO CREDIT: Bruce Tuck