By Ali Tyhilana
This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 9 of VARSITY News.
A new restaurant has popped up in town that incorporates doing good with eating well. On Monday, 16September 2019, I decided to visit Syrup which is situated on Bree Street. The owners of Syrup donate all their profits to those in need.
The reason they’ve cited for giving away their profit is simply ‘the desire to start something that benefits [other] people.” Most recently, they are working with a creche in Langa by helping the owner improve the conditions of her creche to ensure that it remains open. They have also helped build local water wells and run a blanket drive.
With two sister restaurants in Oklahoma, America, social entrepreneurs Brooke Eldridge alongside married couple Ashley and Jason Kennedy decided to bring Syrup to Cape Town after moving to South Africa approximately eight years ago.
One of their main priorities is providing a decent living wage for their staff. You can sense the energy of the warm and friendly staff who greet you at the door with warm smiles and provide efficient service throughout your visit.
Syrup is open for breakfast and brunch weekdays 7am-3pm, Saturday 8am – 3pm, and Sunday 9am-3pm. You can expect to find American-style flapjacks and Belgian waffles. Their specialty dishes include the crunchy French toast made with challah bread- a specialty at all their Syrup branches.
Brooke recommends the American Brekkie for anyone who wants to experience both the sweet and savory elements of their menu. This is essentially an American Breakfast with eggs, the option between bacon or sausage, half stack of pancakes with powdered sugar and skillet potatoes. She also adds that this is one of the popular dishes on the menu alongside the Skillet Scramble.
Syrup is one of a few establishments that combine the beauty of community service and leisure. So, if you’re thinking about where to try next in Cape Town, this place should be at the top of your bucket list.