Railways Cafe opened officially on the 7th of February 2013 but was established in 2011.. We are a privately owned and independently operated bar and restaurant, located in the heart of Irene(corner Pioneer & Main road). Railways Cafe is the Core Business on the D’Afrique Fairtrade Foundations property. Railways Cafe provides the sustainability aspect for the D’afrique Fairtrade Foundation to be operational.
D’Afrique Fairtrade Foundation is a NPO (Non-Profitable Organisation) that focuses on community development. Providing a platform for “side walk” artists to gain access to Storage of product,raw materials and basic machinery to create their product. DAFTF also helps bring business to the crafters by means of social media advertising through Railways cafe and Irene Trading post (the craft store). Return clients for the hospitable aspect are then exposed to the crafters through small markets or daily walk by clients that see them in action.
Railways Cafe is owned by TJ Bryant( Anker Euntreupeneur of D’Afrique Fairtrade Foundation), TJ Bryant Has experience in the field of Hospitality Management and has been working in the industry since the age of 15. At the age of 19 TJ Joined the D’Afrique Fairtrade Foundation with the vision of providing hospitality to those who want to give back to the poverty stricken people. The concept helps provide constant exposure to the crafters that are involved with the D’Afrique Fairtrade Foundation through regular “feet through the door”. Getting the community involved is the main drive for Railways Cafe and D’Afrique Fairtrade Foundation and bringing different types of people to one destination puts one foot in the door for endless opportunity with regards to community development.
The menu at Railways Cafe is home-style related as all meals are freshly prepared with a “local is lekker” concept, keeping all the fresh vegetables, meats and poultry within a 80km radius when purchased. Trainee’s are rotated to expose them to different sorts of environment and thus providing them the opportunity to experience different lifestyle’s and possibly open their eyes to a passion that was never recognized by the sub-conscious mindset.
The service at Railways cafe is friendly and slick. It aims to provide a memorable experience for each and every person no matter the background, and to leave our patrons wanting for nothing. Our patrons are encouraged to interact with the client; this relaxes the environment a lot more and makes people feel at home. Hence the fact that we call everybody that enters a “family member”.
All of our staff have a thorough knowledge of, and genuine interest in our product.
With initiative, personality and style, they provide professional and consistent service with genuine concern.
Railways Cafe strives to help empower members of our team as this makes one feel that they have an important role in the community development project.
Railways Cafe is open 5 days a week, and closed on Mondays & Tuesdays. We open for Breakfast at 9pm and close at 5pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays We are open till 2am. Sundays- 9am- 3pm. All trading ours are fixed unless stated otherwise.