BY WINSTONE ANTONIO
SOUTH Africa-based Zimbabwean businessman, Solomon Matsa, said he was dedicated to expanding his empire, with prospects of setting up more upmarket entertainment hubs that take uptown life to the ghetto.
Matsa told NewsDay Life &Style last week on the sidelines of the Refusion Xperience launch party at Solomons Lifestyle Cafe, in Glen View, Harare, that his vision was to promote local arts as well as township tourism.
“Solomons Lifestyle Café is an original African Zimbabwean brand that can grow its franchise across the region. I remain committed to my vision that through Solomons Lifestyle Café, we want to bring uptown life to the ghetto. As a rural boy, I grew up in the Glen View environment and my uncle had some shops at Gazaland, Highfield, So it gives hope to come back to where we came from and do something,” he said.
“We want to make sure that Solomons Lifestyle Café must be good enough, just like any other place on earth. All the boys I grew up with around here in Highfield, Glen View and Glen Norah, even if you had moved to the northern suburbs, I think it will be the right thing to come every weekend here in the ghetto and have funny. Don’t go and waste your money in the wrong areas, where these people never existed in your upbringing.”
Matsa said efforts had been made to bring service on point, with the hospitality experience being their priority.
“The way we do things at Solomons Lifestyle Café is different as according to my business, culture, strategy and philosophy, the customer is king. So if customers have any problems, if they are mistreated or whatever happens, they must phone me immediately as we want a culture of respecting our customers,” he said.
“I am available for any one’s query 24/7. This is our patrons’ place and we want them to come here and enjoy the place. We have put cameras all over and outside the place such that as they will be having funny inside, their cars will be safe outside.”
The joint’s spokesperson Alexio Gwenzi said the Refusion Xperience launch had given a new lease of life to the place, its programmes and services to new and existing patrons.
“Our main focus is to give clients a real Chisanyama experience, matching current trends in the region and globally in support of the national vision for growth in the hospitality industry,” he said.
“The main focus is quality service and culture that illuminates the true Chisanyama identity.”
The Refusion Xperience launch party was attended by several celebrities, socialites and other stakeholders in the showbiz.