Eight days after the opening of the first Starbucks in sub-Saharan Africa, the queue of customers is still as long as ever. The lineup snakes out of the store, across the pavement and around the corner.
It’s lunchtime in Cape Town, and a stream of customers are lining up at the Nando’s restaurant on Long Street. A cashier, Zimktha Loza, tries to take phone orders over the din of Portuguese-inspired music.
There’s a newcomer on the Nairobi restaurant scene: the White Waiter. The other night, Martin Mileveski, a smiley young man from Macedonia, leaned over a table of three immaculately dressed Kenyan women and delicately poured out the Captain Morgan rum.
The Pizza Hut restaurant brand has returned to South Africa, with the first outlet expected to open in Johannesburg next week.