Johannesburg

The Gourmet Grocer

  64 St Andrew St, Birdhaven ,   Rosebank & The Parks          +27 11 442 6965     22 Jul 2021

Until the pandemic arrived Voodoo Lily was 'just' another small neighbourhood corner cafe, particularly popular for its close proximity to the James and Ethel Gray Park. Quick out of the gates, within a month of the hard lockdown, which forced everything but food and medicine retails stores to close for several weeks, what is now The Gourmet Grocer launched in the space of the old Voodoo Lily cafe, selling a wide range of in-demand deli essentials.

As owner Larry Hodes explains; “It was May, and Mother’s Day was around the corner. My wife Annie and I decided to invite small local producers to sell their stock from our premises. We put out a request for interest on WhatsApp and Facebook, and the response was remarkable – many were suppliers to restaurants and markets who were battling loss of sales, and they leapt at the chance to be able to produce and sell again. Within 24 hours we had a grocer.”

As the months have passed Larry and Annie have continued to grow and refine the huge range of items on sale at The Gourmet Grocer and widen the network of small producers they support. They also managed to reopen their cafe with all the seating now outside on the wide pavement. In September 2020 they also launched their own on-site coffee roastery and coffee bar, Coffefe, with a coffee aficionado who needed a new space to house his roaster. 

In addition to their great coffee and brilliant selection of artisanal ready meals, we also love Annie and Larry's consistently positive attitude to finding a sustainable response to rolling with the punches thrown by this crisis, “In times of crisis, the worst thing you can do is nothing." 

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Amenities

Child-friendly
Facilities for disabled
Outside seating
Live Music
Takeaway
Guarded parking
Dogs Allowed
Wi-fi

Website

Email

info@voodoolilycafe.com

Open

Open 07:00–19:30, Mon 07:00–18:00, Sun and public holidays 07:00–17:00.

Price/Additional Info

RR-RRR.

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