SALTA Tavern Reviews

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Grillers Den

Owner: Puseletso Thwala

Organisation: SALTA

Location: 1086 Finch Street, Ext 10, Ebony Park

My main challenge is the harassment that I face from the police on a regular basis. It is particularly bad in my area and it seems as if they target me.

How did you get into the tavern trade?

I started by selling cigarettes and umqombothi and my regular customers asked me to supply them with beer as well. I applied for a permit and started selling in 2016 with two cases of Castle Lager that I purchased.

What challenges do you face in this industry?

My main challenge is the harassment that I face from the police on a regular basis. It is particularly bad in my area and it seems as if they target me. I wish it would stop so that I can continue trading in peace.

Do you have future plans for your tavern?

I serve so many patrons that I am thinking of converting my tavern into a double-storey so there is more space for everyone.

How do you give back to your community?

When there is a funeral in my community, I assist by providing tents, chairs, crockery and pots and I do the catering from start to finish. I also enjoy feeding the less fortunate in my community, especially kids. I make sure that nobody goes hungry in my area.

Sport’s Bar

Owner: Peter Poen

Organisation: SALTA

Location: 1640 Hlokohloko Street, Ext 3, Ebony Park

How did you get into the tavern trade?

I was previously employed as a barman at a bar in Sandton. I learnt so much being behind that bar counter that I decided to start my own tavern in 2007 because I had the skills to make it a success.

What challenges do you face in this industry?

I don’t really have challenges and I enjoy this industry but Covid-19 has brought many challenges recently because I am unable to operate and earn a living.

Do you have future plans for your tavern?

Yes, I was actually planning on opening a food shop next to my tavern in the week that South Africa went into lockdown. My plan is to open as soon as lockdown ends and I will then offer my patrons more than alcoholic beverages.

How do you give back to your community?

I contribute to my community by assisting with funerals, whether they need money to bury their loved ones or food donations. I am also very proud of the contribution I make to our local community soccer teams. I assist with paying for soccer gear and certificates and am a proud sponsor of our local ladies team, Ebony Park Angels.