If you look into the Cape Town scene and the people who make the city what it is, Rui will most definitely appear. He’s one of the original guys who founded coffee chain Vida e Caffè, and beer and international craft-brewing company &Union. Entrepreneur Rui lives and works on Bree Street.
“I moved here in 2006. Back then it was actually a shit hole.” Things have changed a lot. Today, Bree Street is filled with popular bars, cafes, restaurants, boutiques, offices, apartments and more. “I love the trees and the double lanes. I looked for a place to build a bar.”
In 2009 he opened &Union, a bar and garden serving German beer and sausages. Real good stuff.
“I just walk during the day, I don’t drive,” says Rui. His whole life is around Bree Street. When he does drive, it’s in the Porsche 911 he bought in March 2013. “If I have to go from A to B, it had better be engaging and fun.” Rui says. “New cars feel like numb appliances. Older cars are visceral. You have to use all your senses to drive them. If you can talk on the cell phone and drive it, I don’t want it.” Rui first fell in love with old German cars when he bought a 1970 Mercedes 280SE a couple of years ago. It was the stepping stone to his Porsche.
He gets his love for cars from his dad Manuel, and together they have restored many old cars.