Hit the road Panama Jacks says Port Authority

The 27-year-old local restaurant, a Cape Town institution, has been told by port authorities to leave the Table Bay Harbour.

The restaurant has been in the same location since 1989 and according to manager Liat Pittaway the only communication they received from the harbour master was the notice to leave.

“They want us to leave because we are not a port-related activity.”

Liat Pittaway

Panama Jacks has grown from a boatyard offering food to the Royal Cape Yacht Club, into a seafood restaurant that attracts visitors, both locally and abroad.

She explained that it was solely up to the port manager to allow them to stay, yet the authorities have taken high-end premium rent from them for years.

Pittaway believes the Royal Cape Yacht Club is also on the list to get the boot - despite having been there for 100 years.

She believes that port authorities are pretty one sided and in their view and believe Panama Jacks should just not be there.

Pittaway says the unique location in the working part of the harbour is one of the key attractions and relocating would be detrimental to the business.

Port authorities could not be reached for comment.

Take a listen to what Panama Jacks has to say about the impending move:

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