Expanding the grand Daddy empire

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Despite being less than ten years old, The Daddy Long Legs Hotel and Backpackers and the Grand Daddy Hotel and Roof Top Airstream caravan park, are already Long Street icons. The project has attracted many international accolades and was recently a finalist in the BASA (Business and Arts South Africa) Award for the promotion of public art.

One of the entrepreneurs behind these projects, Jody Aufrichtig, revealed that the partnership has also put forward a proposal to close off Long Street on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from six o’ clock. “The idea is to create the opportunity for visitors and guests to enjoy the magic of Cape Town’s city centre after dark and for shop owners to capitalise on this vibe,” he explained.

Aufrichtig is part of a group of young developers behind the renovation of, amongst others, the Old Biscuit Mill development that is home to the highly successful Neighbourgoods Market in Salt River. The group has also bought up various interesting buildings in Long Street. “We firmly believe that we are the custodians of these buildings and that it is our duty to look after and preserve their historical value. We want to make a difference and leave a legacy for the next generation,” says Aufrichtig. “We restore these buildings with love and try to fit historical ambience into the vibrancy and energy of Long Street.”

Both The Daddy Long Legs and The Grand Daddy Hotels have been extremely successful in capturing the minds and imagination of people wanting to stay in the city centre, while enjoying a certain level of luxury without the restriction and costs of a five star hotel. The newly renovated New Space Theatre also fits well with the concept of making the Cape Town Central City accessible to one and all.

The group’s next project involves a 32-seater roof top cinema, The Pink Flamingo, to compliment the Airstream caravan park. From October, classic movies will be shown here and an intermission will allow patrons to enjoy popcorn, candy floss, Eskimo pie and other vintage snacks. A retro vintage caravan park, called Old Mac Daddy, is also planned in the Elgin area outside of Cape Town.

Despite being less than ten years old, The Daddy Long Legs Hotel and Backpackers and the Grand Daddy Hotel and Roof Top Airstream caravan park, are already Long Street icons. The project has attracted many international accolades and recently won a BASA (Business and Arts South Africa) Award for the promotion of public art.

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