KwaZulu-Natal is often viewed as a backwater compared with an urban-heavy Gauteng. Many people have overlooked the potential of this region in favour of the bankable clientele in South Africa’s more populous areas. But recent developments in KZN will make restaurant owners sit up and take notice because the region is growing exponentially.

Exciting Ballito Junction expansion

The recent growth spurt that the Ballito area is experiencing has been credited to its great location – you can easily access King Shaka International Airport and the Dube Tradeport – and there’s a constant demand for accommodation and retail from people moving into the area. If you need more proof, look no further than the redevelopment of Ballito Junction Mall. This exciting extension to the Ballito Lifestyle Centre showcases some amazing new retail outlets and restaurants that are attracting customers in droves.

Rapid growth brings opportunities

The massive extension of the existing space makes this the largest shopping mall and entertainment hub on the North Coast. The expansion comes after developers noticed the rapid residential growth in the Ballito area. They also noted the market research which showed that residents and holidaymakers spend large amounts of money in Durban shopping centres that could be spent in Ballito. Restaurant owners and other retailers have been taking advantage of this by opening new businesses that are also benefiting the surrounding community.

Top marks for KZN restaurants

Eat Out Magazine chose two KZN restaurants as winners of their Mercedes-Benz Everyday Eateries awards for 2018. The restaurants were voted by the public using the Eat Out app and website. Top scorers were then visited by Eat Out critics who added their ratings to find overall winners in different categories such as “Best Bistro” and “Best Steakhouse”. KZN eateries that were awarded included:

  • Best Bistro – 9th Avenue Bistro, Morningside
  • Best Coffee Shop – Terbodore Coffee Roasters, Howick

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Author : Rudi Badenhorst