Dining Out, People of Joburg

Meet Marcel and Marc Cronje from The Royale

Jun 5, 2019, Author: Hello Joburg

The Royale is the Cuban-inspired eatery in Craighall that’s been blowing up your Instagram feed. Loud, buzzing and wonderfully OTT with neon palm trees, pot plants galore and Latin music to set the mood, it’s a bit of Havana in Joburg. Here, we get to know the creative geniuses behind the tropical haven – meet twin brothers Marcel and Marc.


The restaurant industry is nothing new to Marcel and Marc Cronje, whose father sent them to work in restaurants like Mimmos and Ocean Basket from the age of 12. In 2016, Marc joined Marcel at the restaurant he was working at, but that didn’t last long as the twins quickly realised that they wanted to open their own restaurant. After much conceptualising, The Royale took form.


The Cuban theme was inspired by Marcel’s love for salsa dancing, which led him to think of Cuba, and the design was executed with the help of Ground Up Construction, Urban Eight Architectural Design & Management and close friend Petru Keyter. When it comes to the food offering, the twins are all hands on deck. They have the final say before any experiments make it onto the menu, which they try and change up at least four times a year. Their all-time favourite dishes are the Cuban Sandwich – a true classic finished with sweet mustard – and the Sloppy Joe Empanadas filled with beef and onion.


Looking forward, Marcel and Marc are currently working on an exciting new venture, a 1950s New York/Chicago-style classic cocktail and oyster bar. If The Royale is anything to go by, this spot is sure to become the next big thing!

357 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall

060 575 2471

Instagram: @theroyalesa

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