The Restaurant Collective is committed to bring all key role players in the sit-down restaurant industry together in a unified and collaborative environment that encompasses the entire industry ecosystem, including value chain and trade partners.

Together, we can address industry challenges and work towards the common goal of growth and success.


To build a vibrant South African sit-down restaurant industry by leveraging synergies across restaurant groups, owners and the entire industry value chain, in a transformative and inclusive manner. 

The Industry

There are approximately 85,000 restaurants in South Africa

Restaurants are key enablers of entrepreneurship and SMMEs

Restaurants significantly contribute to the economy, uplift and support local food producers, artisans and crafters

A symbiotic relationship exists
between the tourism, hospitality and restaurant sectors

South African restaurant brands are making significant strides in expanding their presence across international markets

Restaurants contribute significantly to employment and job creation

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