Richard Griffin (Madame Zingara)

Nov 20, 2014, 4:30 – 7:30 PM

Townhouse Hotel, 60 Corporation Street, Cape Town, 8001

Dreamer, traveller, entrepreneur. The founder of Madame Zingara.

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About this event

Dreamer, traveller, entrepreneur. The founder of Madame Zingara. After some travelling, Richard returned home and got his break with his own restaurant in Long Street. “It was a tiny store called Serendipity and it was based on my love for pasta. After that I opened House of Serendipity and Griffin’s, sold them and went to travel some more.” After satisfying his ever-present wanderlust he finished his degree at Le Cordon Bleu International in London (despite his lack of formal education) before heading back home. On his return he met Nicky-Anne (current Marketing Manager) and opened the original Madame Zingara in Loop Street in 2001. The restaurant was booked out for weeks at a time. The combination of over-the-top costumes and characters, friendly service, surprising food combinations and near-obsessive attention to detail amazed and delighted the Cape. Richard says it was never meant to be a long-term endeavor. “I was planning on selling the restaurant after two years but it just evolved into this larger entity, into a brand.” Since then, he has opened five other restaurants, a retail outlet and an eclectic laundromat in the Mother City with the latest Zingara endeavour being the much anticipated Company’s Garden Restaurant (Haarlem & Hope), which will be opening in spring this year.

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  • Richard Griffin

    Madame Zingara



Thursday, November 20, 2014
4:30 PM – 7:30 PM UTC


Networking and Food
Fireside Chat


  • Brian Mlambo

    Akha Ventures

    CEO & Founder

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