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If a cat's motto is "when in doubt, wash", then it seems that the motto of many shopping centres is, "when in doubt, rebuild"! If at all possible, rebuild while still trying to run the shopping centre too!
Fourways Mall (not listed on the Megaplex website) was a forest of cranes the last time we visited, and seemed to have been converted into a skyscraper parking garage. The shops still claimed to be in there somewhere, but we couldn't find them and finally beat an ignominious retreat!
Cambridge Crossing in Paulshof continues to operate with 75% of its shops. Finding them behind the shuttering is an interesting exercise, though not quite as arduous as in Fourways. The majority of the car park has been excavated and rebuilt as basement parking, with an upper level that will become shops and parking. The relocated ramp goes up to the remaining upper level parking, surrounded by construction site, behind which cower the shops!
The Wedge, Morningside is doing much the same thing on a grander scale. The upper level parking has been excavated down to approximately street level and rebuilt as basement parking, on top of which the former upper parking will probably be restored. In the meanwhile, shops have been relocated to the eastern end of the centre, clustered around the lower parking nearest to Rivonia Road, while the centre is being rebuilt around their ears. Clicks seems to be in its final --larger-- location, while most of the others are probably yet to make their final moves.
On the left-hand side of Petervale Shopping Centre, Doornspruit Cellars and the late lamented Berliner Grill & Deli / Sandton Butchery have been replaced by Pick ‘n Pay Liquor and a "Pick ‘n Pay Local" --a "Woolworthsy" take on a small supermarket, butchery and bakery:
Benmore Gardens is gradually nearing completion. The ground floor alterations are almost done and most of the shops have survived, though it is not a place to eat out at present. The new exclusive second floor banking level is complete and operating, you just have to find it! In between, the upper level (first floor) is currently in reconstruction, with Toys 'R' Us the sole survivor.
Little Sandton Court (behind the Shell garage on Rivonia Road opposite South Road) Morningside is also in on the act, with the southern end, where the car dealers were, now an excavation. The Land Rover dealership has fled further south on Rivonia Road. A find in the near vicinity is Metro Restaurant (see review below).
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**** Metro Restaurant Morningside, Hill Road opposite Morningside Mediclinic
We arrived here to find ourselves the only diners for the evening. This was following an excursion intended to take us to the Codfather, but parking there was inappropriate for me, so we left and visited Benmore Gardens, which only had a Thai Restaurant for sit-down. Benmore Gardens is currently a building site. So we backtracked to Metro.
We were made very welcome by everyone and impressed by the sweeping staircase, which is built for New Year's Eve as you can go up one side and come down on the other! They have a breakfast menu as well as one for later meals. Worth going to, if only to look through the wide range of dishes available, including specifically local flavoured ones. Some dishes have truly creative names!
Drinks were Appletiser and Laborie Sauvignon Blanc. We ordered Alfredo without pasta for me and Mascarpone Chicken with fettuccine for me partner. Both were excellent and we took what we couldn't manage home with us.
Wellington was an enthusiastic waiter who followed up our queries effectively/
**** Monkey Bluz, Rivonia Boulevard
This has replaced Rocket, which has moved to Hobart Grove and become Rockets! It has followed a growing trend to invest in really heavy chairs! Thobani was our waiter and proved very attentive. The atmosphere is definitely helped by good but not overloud music. However the smoking section leaks somewhat.
We ordered Appletiser and Porcupine Sauvignon Blanc. The latter is one of my favourites. My partner ordered the Blue Basket for one, which was not entirely successful as they did not have boerewors and replaced it with an unpleasant chilli cheesegriller. However the rest was enjoyed.
I ordered Tempura, which was a disaster. I simply could not eat it. After a discussion with the manager, it was replaced with the most heavenly and delicious grilled prawns in lemon butter sauce. I would thoroughly recommend this dish.
For attention to customer needs, they cannot be faulted. Definitely an adult restaurant for that special night out.
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From Cllr Vincent Earp, Ward Cllr for Sandton: The Billing and Revenue Day scheduled to be held at the Field and Study Centre on Saturday 11 November has been cancelled. The Mayor is moving billing problem-solving back to the City Regions for resolution. When this happens (soon, I hope) residents should visit their City Regional Offices (Region B is at cnr Jan Smuts and Bram Fischer Aves, Randburg; Region E is at 137 Daisy St, Sandton) to log their query and get a reference number. The Mayor said the Billing and Revenue Days should be every day. The Regional Walk-in Centres must be the first point of call and Revenue Staff will be moved back there.
Road Closure Warning! 94.7 Cycle Challenge on Sunday 19 November
This event takes place every year and every year there are residents and businesses that get caught out. Jan Smuts / Braam Fischer / Homestead will be completely closed for 21 km from Braamfontein to William Nicol from about 5am to 3pm. This effectively cuts the city in two and the only way to get across Jan Smuts via vehicle is at Smit St in Braamfontein in the south and the N1 in Fourways in the North. Pedestrians are allowed across --you could drive to Jan Smuts, then park and walk (maybe).
Cllr Tim Truluck's advice is to plan your day around the closure and don't fight it. Pop up to Jan Smuts and cheer the cyclists. You can even sponsor a team who are riding for charity.
Visit www.cyclechallenge.co.za to view the route map to avoid the road closures. The map includes spectator and support location points along the route: The organisers encourage you to go to one of these points to enjoy the spirit of the event. There is a Call Centre at 011 017 2700. You can download the 947 app, and follow #CCTraffic on Twitter to get live updates.
Imported Books at Bargain Prices in Bryanston
Albizia Book Bargains will have a stall in the main court (Checkers level) at Bryanston Shopping Centre, William Nicol & Ballyclare until 9 November and again 9 to 19 December. They are there until about 2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, weekdays until about 5 pm.
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