24-year-old Shane is the owner and manager of Searles Village, a history-oriented restaurant in the heart of Great Brak River. The restaurant and pub started 2 years ago, after Shane finished his business management degree. Searles Village is aimed at keeping the rich history of the small Garden Route town alive.
“Everything you see in here we made with our own hands. From the walls that were built, to the floor, the plumbing and electricity, we did everything ourselves. It’s nice to sit back at the end of the day and to look at everything and know, all of the hard work you’ve done is paying off. So the journey has been very rewarding.
“When I finished studying, I came down and I worked for my dad at his construction company for a while. While I was working there, we started to build things up over here at Searles Village. So I was part of the whole experience. Opening the restaurant was a fairly give-or-take decision, because none of us really had any experience in catering. So I think it came from a love for the town and its history. We just squeezed our eyes shut and went for it. We thought that it was something Groot Brak needed. The town has such a beautiful history to it, and when you sit in here and you look at all the photos and feel the rustic atmosphere of the place, then you appreciate it. Everything around you in here is antique. They tell a story of their own.