After 9 years as a manager in Johannesburg with an established restaurant group, I felt the need to fulfil the lifelong dream of owning and running my own restaurant. And so, with the start-up help of an old school friend, I began the nationwide search for a suitable venue, which took me through Johannesburg, on to Pretoria, Nelspruit, somewhere in the Free State and Umhlanga. In total despair, I headed to the very last place in South Africa I thought I would sink my roots . . . Cape Town.
After 3 agent consultations and several restaurant visits, with no prospects to show, my tail between my legs, and a foot on the return flight to Jo’burg, I discovered that Riivo’s, at No. 10B Kloofnek Road was for sale. That was November 1995. By December of the same year I had relocated. On 1 February 1996, with Jane at my side, Miller’s Thumb was born.