From the brink of closure to fine dining and fantasy cakes

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Thanks to the upskilling initiatives of one man, Cafe Hemingways has transformed into an accessible fine-dining bistro that created more jobs than it initially saved.

Thanks to the upskilling initiatives of one man, Cafe Hemingways has transformed into an accessible fine-dining bistro that created more jobs than it initially saved.

JOHANNESBURG - From the moment you step into Caf Hemingway&39;s, you will be transported through time to an era when live saxophonists were the main attraction in dimly lit bistros on the streets of New York. But, you don’t have to hop on a 17-hour flight to experience something like this.

Caf Hemingway&39;s is nestled in a small shopping centre in Kyalami, Johannesburg, and its unique style, dcor and menu offer an escape from the bustling Johannesburg lifestyle. However, this was not always the case.

Hemingway&39;s has come a long, long way in its two-and-a-half year existence, thanks to the upskilling initiatives of one man who saved the jobs of several people, and created even more.

Watch the video above to see how the bistro evolved from a small coffee shop on the brink of closure, to one of Johannesburg’s most unique, cutting-edge restaurants and patisseries.