support your local restaurants

Support your local restaurants with Denny’s Mushroom

As foodies who absolutely love eating out, 21 days of lock-down has us pining for our favourite local restaurants. I’m super excited to be teaming up with Denny’s and their “Add Goodness Project” where they aim to support your local restaurants.

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In addition to Denny’s awesome initiative, Denny Mushrooms has been my brand of choice for many years. Aside from providing a quality product, Denny has helped create fond memories of cooking with my gran that continues to inspire my foodie creations.

While I can cook up a storm, right about now I could serious do with a delicious meal at one of my favourite restaurants.

Our nomination

Denny’s social responsibility to support local restaurants is a way for you to #SupportYourLocal restaurants. We are also keen to support our local restaurants but boy was it a tough decision. As a family we have decided on Ponta – Portuguese Inspired Food Restaurant located at the Mall of Africa.

We absolutely love this restaurant and we tend you visit them on a weekly basis. Delicious food and excellent customer service has us repeatedly going back for more. That’s why the first restaurant we visit post lock-down is Ponta.

Add Goodness Project

The initiative is fantastic as each one of us has the opportunity to get involved and help our local restaurants. Places we frequent regularly, where lasting memories are created and relationships are built. Head to to support your favourite local restaurant.


CEO of Denny Mushrooms, Ryan Cotterell, said: “We are supportive of the necessary measures being taken to protect the people of South Africa. During these uncertain times, we are committed to protecting the well-being of our staff, providing nutritious food to more South Africans, and supporting our suppliers, customers and other partners in what will be tough times ahead. Our mantra of “Adding goodness to every meal” has never been more pertinent. We are deeply touched by the impact this pandemic will have on families throughout South Africa. As a conscious corporate citizen we believe we have a role to play in contributing to a better South Africa for all.”

The COVID-19 lockdown has affected most industries, with the result that businesses, supply chains and workforces are experiencing a state of unpredictability. Specifically, the lockdown is having dire consequences for restaurant owners who are struggling to keep their doors open.   

Calling all family restaurant owners

As part of Denny’s Add Goodness Project, the company is supporting local restaurants by drawing attention to their needs brought on by COVID-19 and shining a light on their struggles. 

Denny has created a platform so that all communities have an avenue to provide support for their local eatery and is asking all family-run restaurant owners to visit and register a profile.

How it works

Restaurants will need to set up a fund on a crowdfunding site of their choice. Alternatively, Denny will provide assistance to set up a Back-a-Buddy fund. Members of the public will also be able to have their say.

Furthermore, South Africans will be able to show their support for their favourite local by voting for them. The public voting period will be until midnight on the 23rd of April. The restaurant with the most support will receive R10 000 in their Back-a-Buddy fund. Denny will also provide a free supply of mushrooms to the chosen restaurant for a period of three months. Denny will also encourage communities to support their local restaurant’s fund.

Adding more goodness

Beyond the Support Your Local initiative, Denny has increased their donations of mushrooms to communities who are most vulnerable. Amongst these are The Haven Night Shelters, Gift of the Givers and selected old age homes across the country. From the beginning of lock-down, Denny donated over 10,000 punnets of mushrooms. To those in need, and this number continues to grow.

Essential Services

Denny Mushrooms has been a household name for more than 40 years. Producing the popular super-food which is high in protein and low in carbohydrates. Mushrooms are also packed with essential minerals, vitamins and powerful antioxidants.

Denny’s Operations Executive, Gavin Longmore, says: “We are here to stand behind South Africans in this trying time. It is our role and duty to the country to provide fresh produce. We are extremely proud of all our staff who realize the enormous responsibility we have to feed the nation. As a result we play our part in tackling this crisis.”

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and kindness

Denny invites you to go to to support your favourite local restaurant. Encourage them to sign up and make sure to vote for your fav restaurants.

Visit to explore the largest range of mushrooms and mushroom products in South Africa. You can also find Denny’s on Facebook and Instagram.

We couldn’t leave without mentioning a few of our other favourite local restaurants : –

  • Jozi Girl Eatery
  • Wasabi
  • Ri’stretto
  • The Rock Diner
  • Imbizo Shisanyama

Don’t waste another minute, please go and #SupportYourLocal restaurant.

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