NTHA Tavern Reviews

All in One Tavern

Owner: Richard Goosebell

Organisation: NTHA (National Tourism and Hospitality Association) 

I am very lucky to be in an area where there are only five taverns in operation so my business is always thriving. I am also grateful to be able to offer employment to my three employees.

Location: 198 Darius Mlongo Street, Ext 7, Mohlakeng, Randfontein

How did you get into the tavern trade?

I started my tavern almost a decade ago. I wanted to work for myself and that drove me to get into this industry. I haven’t looked back since then. My tavern is big and very popular!

What sets your tavern apart from the rest of the taverns in your area?

I have competitive alcohol prices, an in-house butchery and a big braai place. Over weekends, my place is packed with hundreds of patrons because this is the place to be and the food is amazing! The parking lot is always full of cars!

Do you have future plans for your tavern?

Yes, I have big plans for my tavern. My dream is to eventually change my tavern into a fully operating restaurant. I would like the option to choose the type of customer that I serve and not focus on liquor only but offer them a dining experience.

How do you give back to your community?

I go big on June 16 every year. The youth is very important to me so I give back by cooking for the kids, buying them presents and planning special events for them. I do help those in need throughout the year as well because I am able to.

Lucky’s Inn

Owner: Lucky Dikgole

Organisation: NTHA (National Tourism and Hospitality Association) 

Location: 1202 Baloi Street, Sinqobile, Mogale City

How did you get into the tavern trade?

I started my tavern in 2002. I lost my job and needed to do something! I bought two cases of beer and never looked back. I am very lucky to be in an area where there are only five taverns in operation so my business is always thriving. I am also grateful to be able to offer employment to my three employees.

How do you encourage your patrons to drink responsibly?

I only open at 10am. I will never serve anyone before that time and my patrons know that. I encourage my patrons to eat a meal as soon as they enter my doors. I make sure that my menu is affordable and water is available throughout the tavern. I also provide entertainment in the form of TVs and pool tables where we can challenge each other so there is more to do than just drink.

What are your thoughts on the Liquor Amendment Bill?

I believe that we should do as much as we can to eradicate underage drinking. I think that the correct drinking age should be from the age of thirty! I have seen what liquor does to underage drinkers so I am all for the new law which will stop these youngsters from drinking too much.

Do you have future plans for your tavern?

I would like to convert my tavern into a bottle store where the patrons and other taverns can buy directly from me. A tavern and shebeen is a very big responsibility because you are responsible for the safety and well-being of your patrons. A bottle store will be easier to manage.