JAART  [ /jɑːrt/ ]
Afrikaans translation for English ‘Yard’

“People who love to eat are always the best people” 

Many years ago, we as the Hougaard family, came across this quote by the aspirational gourmet, Julia Child. As an Afrikaans family, we grew up with this resonating notion; food always plays a central part in anything we take on. Social occasions are known to gravitate to the kitchen, where the table become the muse for stories told, jokes bantered and secrets shared - always accompanied by an abundance of food. 

To us, food is more than sustenance. It is more than fuel for the being. It becomes fuel for the soul, through the experiences we share and the sensory delight of taste. 

With this passion in our quiver, we decided to share our enjoyment for eating well and spending quality time with those we care for. The next logical step was to create a space where we can do exactly that - welcome friends, both old and new, and offer food in generous portions that is laden with flavour by only using the finest fresh ingredients. 

In 2019, in the Boland ‘heart-town’ of Wellington, Backyard Café became a reality. With a dedicated team beside us, we created an inviting space for the people of our town and further afield to experience a glimpse into our love affair with good food. The heat of our wood fired pizza oven, festive cheers of wine glasses and friendly chatter of our guests, euphorically brought us back night after night to welcome visitors to our home away from home. 

Completely blindsided, like the rest of the world, we were forced to close up shop and ride out the storm of 2020. 

The vigour of the New Year, paired with proper ‘boer maak ’n plan’ motivation, drove us to make some changes. Minor renovations and a more specialised menu laid the foundation for the next chapter in our story. And this is where we are now - ready to welcome you to JAART.

It’s simple, you see: we have newly installed graffiti-style pops of colour, a fresh lick of paint, a new name and enough long-filament lightbulbs to panic a parastatal. These, however, are only skin deep. In our hearts, we still have the same dream and passion that we’ve always had: to share the best food with the best people. Our comfort food style of dining offers home food without the effort of needing to cook it yourself. 

The name JAART eludes to the safety, familiarity and comfort within the confines of your own space. We wish for our JAART to also become your JAART, where fond memories can be curated over sumptuous meals. 

The Hougaard Family

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