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A wealth of good taste in the heart of Sandton at The Bull Run

Sep 5, 2018, Author: Hello Joburg

Enjoy some of the best steaks in Johannesburg, peruse the extensive wine list or sip a signature cocktail in the centre of the city’s financial district.  

Flowing onto the iconic new development of The Marc and across from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, The Bull Run itself has become a symbol of Sandton and truly synonymous with everything it has to offer. Ever changing and evolving this establishment embodies the heart of the financial district while remaining relevant to both local and international needs.


The Bull Run has officially reopened after getting a full refurbishment after many years of service, to continue to offer its loyal customers a unique experience for many more years to come.  The full revamp, worth R12 million, was intended to increase capacity and create an international feel that would attract new patrons and provide a change of scenery for loyal regulars. With over 16 years of trading, the restaurant has only undergone minor, essential changes to maintain the property, to create a more spacious entrance area to the kitchen, and to create an additional entrance within the adjacent Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton.  

“Last year we decided, that with a trendy new development springing up next door, the time had come for a complete refurbishment,” explains Jörg Zwinscher, GM of the hotel.   

“We felt that it was time for a new look and feel. The new development, The Marc, will link directly to our hotel lobby and will be home to many major companies in two office towers, as well as restaurants, retail and fashion outlets to serve the busy, trendy area,” he explains. 


Joburg-based interior designer, Tristan Du Plessis, was contracted to come up with the new concept, which takes inspiration from the New York Stock Exchange – adding international flair while keeping with the original style of the establishment.  He explains that “We have aimed to create a welcoming and warm space with the Bull Run, true to its roots as a meat grill room, taking inspiration from upmarket New York style grill houses. We have custom designed and created most of the elements within the Bull Run, from light fittings and furniture to the handmade tiles on the walls, all with a nod to the Stock Exchange. This is a contemporary take on a traditional grill room, a space that is comfortable from breakfast through to suit-and-tie business dinners.” 

The work of award-winning Johannesburg interior designer Tristan du Plessis, the refurbished Bull Run features an enhanced décor concept that’s masculine, evocative and inspired by the financial district of which The Bull Run is inextricably a part of.  

Along with this brand-new design and re-opening, The Bull Run has yet again gone above and beyond with the unveiling of a bronze sculpture that captures the spirit of the neighbourhood in epic fashion. The larger-than-life sculpture, which measures three metres by two metres, depicts a raging bull, exemplifying the powerful dynamism of the city’s financial district.  


The sculpture is the work of sculptor Michael Canadas, of Mpumalanga’s The Loop Art Foundry, trading as BronzeArtAfrica, one of South Africa’s most respected art foundries. The piece is set to become an integral, evocative part of the Sandton landscape for international visitors and locals alike. 

The Bull Run is itself an icon of Sandton, the richest square mile in Africa and with its new facelift, it is even more so. Rub shoulders with traders, politicians and celebrities in this spacious, restaurant, as you sample a perfect ribeye steak, enjoy a custom-designed gin and tonic from the renowned Dollar Bar, or feel the Maude Street bustle from a pavement table in the most dynamic precinct in the city. With a larger-than-life atmosphere, the Bull Run is effortlessly, yet affordably sumptuous. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, from 8 am until 10.30 pm every day, it’s an oasis of welcoming, no-fuss culinary sophistication, at ground zero in South Africa’s beating commercial heart. 

 20 Maude St, Sandown 

011 884 1400 

Follow The Bull Run on Instagram @thebullrun01 

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