The Stack | Colour me happy
After a fire tragically caused The Stack to close just six days after it opened last year, designer Sarah Ord and her husband hotelier Nigel Pace immediately decided they’d rebuild, and do it even better – tweaking the things they wish they’d done differently the first time round.
A year later, the stylish bar, brasserie and members’ club situated in the historic Leinster Hall in Gardens, Cape Town, is open and serving French bistro-style cuisine and delicious cocktails – the idea is that the food is simple and unpretentious. Says Nigel, ‘It’s comfortable with great lighting and simple, French food. No foams, soils or smears! Our plats du jour will change daily and regulars will soon know on which day their favourite is.’
While the interiors are beautifully done and it functions as a members’ club, it’s meant to be tongue in cheek – the members will be accepted on a referral basis but they’re pretty clear about the kind of personality they’re hoping to attract: ‘People who have an appreciation of the finer things in life,’ says Sarah. ‘But no egos allowed!’
Nigel agrees: ‘I like to say we can walk upstairs and feel comfortable having a drink with anyone in that room. Our clientele are up-and-coming, creative and offbeat.’
The combined talent and experience of the couple make it unlike anything else in Cape Town. Quirky and humorous, the decor is likened by Sarah to a ‘dandy’ – high-end yet anything but boring. Sarah’s love for high-octane colour translates into a bold, bright and eclectic space, with a profusion of pattern. The furniture and art from a mix of eras is punctuated by objects that range from antiques to flea market bric-a-brac. It’s cool, and fun, and come summer, the gorgeous jungly outdoor terrace will be buzzing. There are also private rooms you can rent – for conferences, meetings and presentations.
Text Julia Freemantle
Photographs Julia Freemantle and supplied