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The oldest pub in the country, The Perseverance Tavern, has opened its doors once again.

The Percy, as it’s known by the locals, was forced to close down due to lockdown. Now the new owners have opened this popular Cape Town establishment once again.

The new owners did some refurbishments, but the 200-year-old bar was left untouched so that the pub can keep its charm.

The new co-owner of The Percy, Greg Verco, told News24: “Subject to the pandemic, the lockdown, the doors were just shut temporarily. It’s going to be a bit of a slow ride to start with but the place is looking absolutely fabulous and we welcome anybody to pop down and come say ‘hi’ and have a look around.”

The hospitality and events industries have taken a very hard knock during the lockdown, with many famous restaurants being forced to close for good.

According to Eat Out, the Restaurant Association of South Africa has estimated that a cumulative 33% of restaurants (3,630) in their database have closed as a direct result of the level restrictions and the alcohol bans.

Watch the News24 video of The Percy’s reopening here.

Image credit: The South African

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