When it comes to eating out, people expect much more than a plate of food – they expect an experience. Guests expect tasty menu options in an aesthetically pleasing space that is full of character and has the right ambience.

Locally, restaurant owners are increasingly investing in creative, inventive spaces that are as artisanal as the dishes they create. Here are some proudly South African restaurants that used Cemcrete’s distinctive finishes to create the right look and feel.

Paul’s Homemade Ice-Cream
Paul’s Homemade Ice-Cream sees ice-cream as art and they believe that the legitimacy of their craftsmanship is based on the undivided and “hands on” attention that every batch of ice-cream receives through the production process. Cemcrete was the perfect choice for the finishes of the ice-cream parlours in Hyde Park and Rivonia.

Anne MacLauchlan from Foundation Design designed both stores and she chose SatinCrete Pewter for the wall application as well as the front of the counters, and CreteCote Shale for the floors in the Rivonia store.

A unique feature of the Hyde Park store is artwork from local illustrator, Karabo Poppy. Anne used 3D cut polystyrene panels coated with SatinCrete Pewter to form the backsplash and counter-fronts of the store. Cherubinos, one of Cemcrete’s Gauteng Licensed Contractors, meticulously applied the finishes in the stores.

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Harbour House
One of Cape Town’s oldest restaurants and iconic heritage building has been restored and transformed into the beautiful new Harbour House. The space features a white interior, rustic stone walls, floor-to-ceiling windows and Cemcrete cement-based floors. The original structure of the building was retained, with sweeping views of the valley and the Constantiaberg mountain range from pretty much every seat in the house.

Cemcrete’s Colour Hardener in the colour Stone was used for the flooring, adding the perfect casual yet trendy vibe to the new design. An earthy aesthetic of the finish was achieved by using cement finishes that aren’t uniform in colour.

The nature of a cement finish lies in its application and physical properties. As the finish is applied, so its moisture is absorbed at different rates into the substrate. The final outcome is a finish with natural mottling and subtle movement.

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