An opportunity arose for Zander McDonald and his daughter, Joni Smit, to buy an existing eatery in Sabie Mpumalanga. Zander has been in Forestry most of his life and Joni is a Goldsmith; none of them had any restaurant or hospitality experience but this minor obstacle didn’t scare them.
Zander decided to use Forestry and Bikes as the theme for the restaurant as that is what Sabie is best known for, hence the name Loggers Pub & Grill.
The eatery was refurbished for 3 weeks. With Zander’s exceptional taste, eye for detail and some help from friends, Loggers Pub & Grill where born
Although Zander and Joni are the owners of Loggers Pub & Grill, Sonja helps a lot with, basically everything…
Sonja is the glue that holds this pub in place.
Henk Le Roux, from La Provance, supplied the profile timber products to create the rustic yet cosy ambience.
Contact Henk for your profile timber products: 083 566 2334
The Turpentine Wood (solid wood live edge slab) for the bar counter was supplied by Denzil Lawrie from Woodfella.
They specialize in exceptional furniture timber – not your everyday timber products that you find everywhere.
Contact Denzil for exclusive custom cut furniture timber: 082 455 7153
These beautiful lights were made by Brian van Rensburg from MR. B. crafts & creations.
Brian and his wife, Jaque, basically did most of the Decor and woodwork; they played a huge role in the finishing touches of this intimate gem in Sabie.
Call Brian for unique custom made Decor items or any woodwork you need:
082 927 2574
This is Zander’s baby, fully functional and runs on Nitro Gas.
It’s hanging in the restaurant because Sonja doesn’t want him to ride it.
The unique children’s play area consists of two fully functional green jeeps that Zander build, he just took out the batteries and keys. I wasn’t surprised to see the Dads enjoying the area just as much as the kids.
International Chef, Paul Westergreen, is in charge of the kitchen. His style is a mixture of Indonesian, Malaysian, Thai & The Seychelles to name but a few.
All these influences helped him to create his own unique cooking style. Curries are his speciality and, believe me, he makes scrumptious curry dishes!
Loggers Pub & Grill caters for private events; they also do special theme evenings. The Sushi evenings are very popular with the locals.
With their inviting atmosphere, friendly staff, delicious food and reasonable prices, Loggers Pub & Grill is a true asset to Sabie and definitely worth a second, third and fourth visit.
Make sure to visit them next time you are in the area.
Written by: Ista van Zyl