In what promises to be a game-changing urban development in downtown Johannesburg, Newtown’s Old Potato Shed is currently being transformed into an edgy ‘steam punk’ inspired restaurant, while the historic old Edwardian Gentlemen’s Washrooms are being remade as The Gentlemen’s Arthouse cocktail bar.
There are multiple renovations currently taking place: The Potato Shed is set to become a luxury restaurant and craft brewery, located in the eponymous 1911 Potato Shed. Combining the raw and the refined, the eatery has been designed with an industrial steam punk feel that celebrates the icons of Newtown and the cultural Market Theatre district around Miriam Makeba Square. The edgy space will offer indoor and outdoor dining, creating the sense of an informal marketplace with an open kitchen, brewery and interactive dining area.
The Gentlemen’s Arthouse transforms the historic washrooms into a boutique artisan cocktail bar, replete with cathedral-style windows and the original green-tiled urinals.