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About Old Austria
he Old Austria was originally started by Robert and Leena Wolf. Robert trained as a chef overseas and was brought out to South Africa when the 5 star Elizabeth Hotel was opened in 1971. After a year at the Elizabeth Hotel, Robert left to venture out on his own and started the Old Austria in 1972. The name ‘’Old Austria’’ originated from the first hotel that Robert had worked at in Austria. The Wolfs kept the restaurant small and intimate with Robert in the kitchen and Leena serving the tables while the restaurant gained popularity with the patrons of Port Elizabeth. In 1985 the Wolfs asked their regular patrons, Peter and Francoise Raymer, if they had an interest in running the restaurant for five weeks while the Wolfs revisited Austria. Under the management of the Raymers, the restaurant flourished and soon after the Wolfs returned, Peter and Francoise decided to buy the restaurant. Although the restaurant was not well situated, it had an intimate atmosphere and a characteristic charm. The menu boasted a wide variety of traditional and favourite European dishes as well as a great selection of seafood. The value for money and excellent service added to the continuous growth and popularity.