The Market Bar & Bistro is situated in the Market Theatre building offering an inside and outside seating area. There is fully licensed bar providing a variety of drinks including wine and cocktails. We serve fresh bistro style meals and light snacks with a weekly specials menu. A catering service is available for corporate events and large groups with tailor-made menus to suit the occasion. Come to relax and enjoy a meal or drink while appreciating the unique Newtown and theatre vibe. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 12 noon until after the last show.
The Market Theatre offers a dinner package for our loyal patrons every Wednesday and Thursday. For only R140 you can book for any Market Theatre produced show and a meal (beverages excluded) at The Market Bar and Bistro, the restaurant inside the Market Theatre complex. Bookings for the dinner package close at 17h00 the day before the special. For more information and to book call (011) 832-1641. Alternatively log on to the Computicket website at www.computicket.co.za
In 1967 Eduan Naude and Brian Shalkoff decided to breathe life into their dream of starting a South African restaurant where no one would ever be turned away because of cultural barriers or any such pre-distinctions.
The first license that could be obtained for the restaurant was only a “Boarding House” license and only allowed people in the building to dine there. Brian recalls a specific day in 1970 when a non-European gentleman entered the restaurant for a meal. The political atmosphere at the time not only frowned upon this but considered it illegal.
Brian remembers Eduan’s distinct words back on that day, trying to save the coloured gentleman from embarrassment: “Well at least the colour of everyone’s money is the same.” Gramadoelas has been open to all cultures ever since and it is exactly this approach of cultural change, that enticed the Market Theatre to invite Gramadoelas in 1992 to share their unique building.