Roots Restaurant & Gallery

Jazzy restaurant in Soweto

Roots Restaurant & Gallery in Soweto.

Roots Restaurant & Gallery is an upmarket jazz restaurant and art gallery owned by Reggie Makhetha. Reggie opened Roots Restaurant & Gallery in 2008 and after being in business for only six months, Roots Restaurant & Gallery won the 2008 SAB Kickstart competition.

SAB Kickstart is a project aimed at inculcating a culture of entrepreneurship among young people between the ages of 18 and 35. 

“I am most humbled at being awarded the SAB KickStart Entrepreneur Award. Winning this award helped me build a completely unique business on a much larger scale than ever possible."

Roots Restaurant & Gallery is an upmarket jazz restaurant and art gallery owned by Reggie Makhetha.

Roots Restaurant & Gallery is more than just an entertainment or a pub space, it’s a spot that celebrates township spirit and offers both local and international patrons an experience that can be matched by none. The soft, easygoing background music, artwork and food bring sweet nostalgia, while the service, décor & ambience befit modern luxury without getting stuffy. 

This award winning restaurant is the only restaurant in Soweto with a professional art gallery.

"We are where life begins that is why Roots came to fruition. It celebrates the many moons of township life," says Makhetha.

The restaurant is cosily nestled between the famous Morrison Isaacson High School, where thousands of youths started their march against Bantu education 32 years ago; and the Oppenheimer Tower, another popular tourist site in Soweto.

The restaurant boasts a lounge, a dining area, an art gallery and a balcony from where one can quietly enjoy the view of life in Soweto.