Our November 2012 Johannesburg Elle Decoration reader event was held in Sandton City. Since we find it virtually impossible to go to Sandon City without popping into Walnut Grove, it seemed so right to meet our readers there.
Walnut Grove is an institution. Launched in 1975, it’s as old as Sandton City itself. We asked WG to tell their story:
‘Yianni, the founder, grew up in rural Greece in a small village outside Kalamata where they cultivated olives and olive oil. He brought this passion for rustic yet authentic produce to South Africa in 1969. Through hard work and dedication, Walnut Grove has been honoured with the legacy of the longest running restaurant in Sandton City. In July 2012 Yianni and Maro handed the reigns of the business to their children, Fotis and Elle. Together with their partners Alessandra and Marco, dedicated staff and a passion for the business, they have combined the old family values and traditions of their parents with fresh, innovative and exciting ideas. Together they transformed Walnut Grove into a new and exciting boutique experience, bringing seasonal produce and quality ingredients to diners under one of Africa’s largest chandeliers; a towering walnut tree flowing with over 50,000 reclaimed and antique crystals. The atmosphere is unique and interactive. Enjoy a cappuccino and breakfast in the vibrant pantry area, play a game of chess or Scrabble in the library or sip a cocktail in the bar area. This is a 360-degree dining experience grounded in family tradition and heritage. This combination of old values and new innovations is echoed throughout the decor and ethos of the Walnut Grove.’
Read more about Walnut Grove here.