Grillfather leaves a legacy in Mitchell’s Plain

The Grillfather Big Boss Shane Swiegelaar.

Owner of The Grillfather SA restaurant chain, Shane Swiegelaar will be remembered for his love of food, making and sharing it with the community.

The 46-year-old was found dead in his bathroom, in Westridge, during the early hours of Sunday March 15.Tina, his wife and co-owner of the restaurant chain, said he was an awesome person, who loved making food and serving it to people.

“He was a community based person, who loved making food.

“Hy kon alles maak,” she said.

Ms Swieglaar said that she would like to continue her husband’s legacy by expanding The Grillfather brand. Mr Swiegelaar used to work in the club scene before he joined the hospitality industry.

He co-owned Stones, in Kuils River before opening his own restaurant from his Westridge home garage in 2019.

Months later he secured a premises at Westridge centre to serve his famous grilled burgers.

The franchise in Wynberg closed in August last year but the Westridge, Woodstock and Kuils River branches are still open.

Mr Swiegelaar was born and raised in Hout Bay and moved to Mitchell’s Plain in 2012.

Mr Swiegelaar is survived by his wife Tina, his father, sister, brother-in-law, three nieces and a nephew.A memorial service will be held at Shekinah Full Gospel Church of God, in Hengelaar Street, Beacon Valley, tomorrow, Thursday March 19, at 7.30pm.

For more information visit The Grillfather SA Facebook page.