A leader in the African restaurant category takes a step into the world of franchising….

The idea for the restaurant in Newtown, Johannesburg was inspired by the multicultural suburb of Sophiatown that incorporates history, heritage and culture for all South Africans.


Sophiatown Bar Lounge was started by two brothers, Mzwandile and Ziggy Thabethe, and it is an entrepreneurial success story. It has gone from humble beginnings to the “place to be” for people from all walks of life and it is a celebration of the kind of vibe that still allows one to feel comfortable and relaxed. The restaurant has a modern and contemporary feel but still allows one to feel as if you have touched a part of history. The menu does have distinct South African offerings but caters for all tastes and is a destination for both business and pleasure.

The success of the restaurant is a result of the hand-on approach by the brothers. The striking décor in black and white, combined with the picture murals of the people of Sophiatown, is an image not easily forgotten.