Apr 23 2008
Posted in Community News
Fish Hoek, with it’s very safe beach which is popular during the summer season, was a farm belonging to the De Villiers family during the 1800’s. This family later on allowed Fish Hoek to be cut up into plots to build houses, but with one proviso: “There will be no Drinking House.” i.e. bar or bottle store.
This servitude was tested in court many times, without success. Today Fish Hoek is still without a bottle store, but has several restaurants that hold a liquor license to sell wine, malt, and spirit to clients eating at the restaurants.
The development of Fish Hoek was slow at first, but today it is fully developed with very modern homes as well as older homes. There are still old family businesses doing business in the town, with AP Jones, Wakefords, and Clarkes Garage coming to mind.
The first Checkers in Cape Town was opened in Fish Hoek. This was when Raymond Ackermann was CEO of Checkers, but later on bought Pick n Pay and built into a mighty empire.