Cape Town – De Hoop nature reserve near Bredasdorp in the
Overberg was dealt an unfortunate blow over the weekend when their super popular Fig Tree
Restaurant burned down.
Die Burger reports that the fire was possibly sparked by an
ember from the fireplace that escaped through the chimney and landed on the
The restaurant forms part of the Opstal section of the De
Hoop Collection and popping in for lunch, dinner or just a snack has become
something of an institution for both day and overnight visitors.
The fire broke out in the morning and according to eye
witnesses, staff and patrons worked together to save furniture, artworks and
kitchen utensils before the building was
entirely consumed by flames.
Fans of the restaurant expressed their dismay at the
unfortunate event on social media and congratulated De Hoop on their
resilience, as the restaurant was reopened shortly after the incident in the
nearby Cloete room. On the very first night they served 150 meals!
De Hoop Collection also shared pictures of the fire on their Facebook page
Fortunately the large wild fig tree just outside the restaurant, which happens to be one of the oldest in the country, survived the incident, although it did suffer a scorched leaf or two. Come join our travel community! Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and snap away on Instagram.