Biltong Bar becomes coastal-inspired Cape Restaurant & Beach Bar at Avalon

Red snapper from the menu of Cape Restaurant & Beach Bar / Courtesy of Cape Restaurant & Beach Bar

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Red snapper from the menu of Cape Restaurant & Beach Bar / Courtesy of Cape Restaurant & Beach Bar

South African restaurant Biltong Bar has turned into Cape Town coastal-inspired eatery the Cape Restaurant & Beach Bar at Alpharetta mixed-use development Avalon.

The Cape, part of the True Story Brands restaurant group that also includes Biltong Bar at Ponce City Market and in Buckhead, as well as 10 Degrees South and Yebo Beach Haus, will put more of an emphasis on its food offerings than its predecessor.

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The rooftop bar at the Cape Restaurant & Beach Bar. / Courtesy of the Cape Restaurant & Beach Bar

The rooftop bar at the Cape Restaurant & Beach Bar. / Courtesy of the Cape Restaurant & Beach Bar

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The rooftop bar at the Cape Restaurant & Beach Bar. / Courtesy of the Cape Restaurant & Beach Bar

“Biltong Bar was being treated more as a bar than a restaurant,” said True Story Brands restaurateur Justin Anthony. “We wanted to lean into the cuisine aspect of the restaurant.”

While Biltong Bar taps the bustling South African city of Johannesburg for its design and culinary inspiration, the Cape marries the “colorful, funky” vibe of coastal Cape Town with a bit of Miami thrown in. “It’s light and more fun,” Anthony said.

The all-day menu features several favorites from the Biltong Bar and Yebo Beach Haus menus, including ostrich sliders and biltong, a South African style of beef jerky.

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The interior of the Cape Restaurant & Beach Bar. / Courtesy of the Cape Restaurant & Beach Bar

The interior of the Cape Restaurant & Beach Bar. / Courtesy of the Cape Restaurant & Beach Bar

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The interior of the Cape Restaurant & Beach Bar. / Courtesy of the Cape Restaurant & Beach Bar

But the primary focus is on seafood, with dishes like whole red snapper served fried and topped with pickled pico de gallo and served with sweet cilantro coconut and peri-peri sauces; pan-seared halibut with a red butter curry sauce over broccolini and coconut rice; and tuna tataki served over crispy rice paper and ponzu sauce. The menu will also feature more sushi options and lunch and dinner specials.

On the beverage side, the cocktail menu features several drinks from the Biltong Bar menu as well as some new offerings, including a take on a frozen espresso martini. The wine list focuses on varieties from the South African coast.

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A botanical installation at the Cape Restaurant & Beach Bar. / Courtesy of the Cape Restaurant & Beach Bar

A botanical installation at the Cape Restaurant & Beach Bar. / Courtesy of the Cape Restaurant & Beach Bar

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A botanical installation at the Cape Restaurant & Beach Bar. / Courtesy of the Cape Restaurant & Beach Bar

The Cape’s space, revamped by Anthony’s wife, Kelly, of Wolf Design Group, exchanges Biltong Bar’s darker, more industrial look for a beachier feel, particularly on the rooftop bar. Look for pops of color, textured pillows, beach imagery, surfboards, wicker chairs and botanical installations throughout the bar, interior of the main restaurant and two main level patios.

“We want people to feel like they’ve escaped to a beach bungalow,” Anthony said.

The Cape is open from 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays.

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700 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. 678-459-2423, opentable.com/r/the-cape-restaurant-and-beach-bar-alpharetta

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