On the 25th of November, Newtown Junction was buzzing as the who’s who of Johannesburg gathered to celebrate the launch of the cathedral to fire; The Potato Shed –which is set to become the Joburg hot spot this summer.

After months of planning and hard work, the LIFE Group of Companies was thrilled to open the doors of its new restaurant, and to honour the people that made this urban rejuvenation possible. While The Potato Shed itself provided a vibrant atmosphere, the launch wouldn’t have been complete without the remarkable crowd, delectable eats, and artisanal drinks. It was a feast for the senses that beckons patrons to return.



Founded by John and Maira Koutsoudakis (who are the force behind the highly successful Life Grand Cafés), there is so much more to the restaurant than what meets the eye.  Combining the raw and refined in a building that is 104 years old, it embodies the spirit of a bootlegger brewery, coupled with that of a Southern American barbeque smokehouse, where guests can feast their eyes on beautiful, modern dishes that are prepared with pit smokers, fire pits, robata grills, and wood-fired ovens. As guests sit at their tables overlooking the iconic Market Theatre and Miriam Makeba Square, they will feel the heat, see the flames lick and watch the smoke as it lazily drifts upwards from the open kitchen – all while sipping on artisanal craft beer and award-winning wines.


At the Potato Shed the humble spud is king and guests are invited to enjoy it in exciting new ways; slashed and stuffed with truffle mozzarella, soy-glazed mushrooms and salsa verde, fried with black salt and saffron mayo or smashed with garlic, truffle oil and horseradish- to name a few.


In addition to this, the in-house chef hand picks and prepares the best quality meat available to create hearty meals such as lamb poker with lemon garlic and oregano, rump Picanha, and pulled pork belly braised for 8 hours in the embers and ashes, spiced with ginger, orange, marmalade glaze, mustard soy sauce, and served with crispy crackling.

Guests can also look forward to a brewery that includes a wide selection of craft beers. All beers are sourced from local suppliers, eight of which are served on tap. For those who seek even more variety, there is the artisanal, local gin range, craft tonics, oak barrel brewed cocktails, and cocktails on tap.


The edgy, steampunk inspired restaurant that is the Potato Shed breathes new life into the city, and makes for the prefect go-to destination for urbanites frequenting Newtown and surrounds this summer.




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