Vanir-exodus eatery Greenhouse Sandton (popularly known as The Greenhouse) has had to make an emergency appeal via social media after their restaurant went up in flames late Saturday night.
A video of the fire at Greenhouse Sandton posted on Twitter Saturday night showed some patrons of the establishment filming the fire on their phones, while others fled for their safety.
Another video shows people gathering in the parking lot as the fire rages.
Greenhouse Sandton issued an emergency call via social media on Saturday evening and the eatery also thanked emergency services for helping to extinguish the flames.
“We want to inform everyone that an unfortunate event has occurred at the Greenhouse tonight and that everyone is safe and well. We would like to thank the heroes and emergency services who helped us tonight,” reads the caption below an Instagram image with the same post.
According to Aspire Lifestylethe establishment first opened in late 2019 and was initially located in the Oxford Parks development in the area.
An article from 2020 by Times Live listed the venture as a collaboration between Heinz Rynners, Brad Cilliers and Chef Thomas Hughes.
Both Cilliers and Hughes have experience with other establishments such as Babylon Bar in Illovo, Jacqueline’s Night Club in Pretoria, Perron and Winner Winner. For Hughes, Greenhouse Sandton would be his ninth company in this arena. Late Chris Coutroulis of the Taboo Group was also listed among those who have invested in this eatery.
Greenhouse became known for its unique aesthetic that brought the outdoors in through lush, green interiors and roof decor that made it seem like you were dining under the foliage of a greenhouse.
Their Rosebank location became such a success that they had to move to Sandton’s 24 Central district next to such establishments as Taboo Nightclub, the recently launched Monarch supper club and Solo restaurant.
The eatery recently hosted the cast of The Wife on Showmax for a viewing party ahead of the show’s season two launch. On Saturday afternoon (the day of the fire), music act Goodluck was booked.
It is not yet clear what caused the fire and how much damage was done. The The Vanir-exodus have reached out to the owners of Greenhouse Sandton and the first responders at the scene for comment and will update this article as soon as possible.