Ocean Basket, one of South Africa’s most best-known and beloved seafood franchises has dropped anchor in Plett. The new store in Mellville’s Corner on Main Road opened this past week and, after years of planning and searching for the perfect venue, Plett franchise owners Richard Verschoor and Nigel Proctor couldn’t be more excited.
Richard and Nigel met about 30 years ago, both working in an industry far removed from the hospitality industry and began their foray into restaurateuring eight years ago when they bought the Ocean Basket in Port Alfred. They attribute the success of the Port Alfred restaurant largely to their owner-run, hands-on approach to management and are committed to bringing this same ethos to their Plett store, so look out for Richard or Nigel in-store whenever you visit!
The new Plettenberg Bay store has been designed by the Ocean Basket Franchise design team and specialists and boasts a contemporary new in-store design which is modern and modular without losing the charm and simplicity that have driven the brand’s success over the years. The design focuses on enhancing both the guests’ experience as well optimising space and workflow in the ‘back-of-house’ area – the engine room of the store.
Ocean Basket offers a home-from-home feeling, friendly people and great value, and the menu comprises Mediterranean-inspired dishes including prawns, sushi, calamari and fish & chips. The Plett restaurant will seat 150 guests, with both inside and patio seating with a beautiful view of the bay.
“Opening the Plett store has been in the pipe-line for a number of years now and to see the project coming to fruition is beyond exciting. We look forward to being of service to and getting to know this awesome local community,” says Richard.