Then there was the short lived BAT café at the BAT Arts and Cultural Centre in the harbor, a showcase for local culture and simply the best place to view the spectacular Durban Skyline.
Then in 2002, Tourism Kwa Zulu Natal approached Bill to open a Lifestyle store with restaurant, travel and merchandise to showcase the best of KZN. Thus Legends became Zulu legends, but after a year the merchandise was a non starter and the area was going into decline.
Legends was sold in November 2003 and Bill, enjoying a sabbatical, started ‘The Prawn Shack’ next to the Amatikulu Prawn farm which only opened on Sundays. This wonderful lifestyle lasted for 2 years, until Mike and Ben bought the old ‘Captains Cabin’ on an auction in October 2005 and coaxed Bill out of retirement whilst retiring themselves!
Buds on the Bay, originally intended as a place for mates to hang out and where you could relax on the deck, drink, tell tall stories and plan adventures, grew and grew with long lazy lunches becoming the style. The somewhat eclectic menu reflected our many travels and “the Black Ball Nites” for mates on Tuesdays remained faithful to the philosophy of ‘talking sh..t and then doing it’. These madcap adventures now form part of the “Roadside Cuisine” series. After 11 crazy years, Buds closed in February 2016 when its non renewable lease came to an end
‘Roadside Cuisine – a Journey through Africa and beyond, fusing cultures and cuisines’ was a concept born of our many travels and motorbike trips where by far the most fun, and best memories, were had eating street food whilst mixing with the locals and just absorbing the atmosphere.
So, in this tradition we are making a few tweaks to our menu’s to celebrate ‘local is lekker’ Shisanyama to Asian, Mexican and Mocambiqecan cuisines, among others, but what the heck – ‘fusion rules’!
Meanwhile, the Prawn Shack has just kept on trucking, becoming mildly famous along the way, and after 15 years situated on Tribal Trust land with no security of tenure, we have finally moved 15km up the road to the beautifully forested surrounds of Mtunzini, and so begins a new chapter, with a big canvas to work with. Watch this space!!
In fact, the business model is so good it has given rise to the ‘Shak Restaurants’ concept, specializing in ‘Unique Venues’ and ‘Dining Done Different’ and as a result there is also the Marula Shak in Ponta Malongane, S. Mozambique, to fit in with the ‘Shak’ ethos