Sun City in the 1980s and 90s played host to a cornucopia of entertainers and sportsmen.
People flocked to the resort in their droves to soak in the splendour of the iconic destination, play at the casino, and to see their heroes perform.
Three decades later and Sun City is still one of the most visited destinations in southern Africa and filled with over 36 years of memories intertwined in the lives of people across the globe.
The resort is currently undergoing a dramatic R800million rejuvenation. Sun International’s re-investment into this iconic destination is paying homage to those who gave it glitz and glamour while celebrating the revitalisation and possibilities of the future.
It was this premise from which the idea for the exclusive restaurant was born. The name they gave it, appropriately, is Legends, a 150 seater upmarket grill house situated inside the “always on” Sun City Hotel.
“We wanted a place to remember the razzle dazzle of yesteryear, to take a trip down memory lane,” says Raul de Lima, Group Executive, and Food & Beverage at Sun International. “It’s a large specialty grill house in which we showcase the artists and sports people who came through these hallowed halls.”
And there was no shortage of talent to choose from. Everyone who was anyone on the international circuit eventually came to perform at Sun City. There were the seven sold out concerts with Queen that launched
Sun International’s tag line at the time – We will Rock You!
Who could forget Grace Jones sliding across the dance floor with a blue cocktail perilously tilted at an impossible angle?
Perhaps the most famous of them all was Frank Sinatra, ‘ol Blue Eyes, who wowed the crowds in 1981.
Joe Cocker with his gravelly sound, Elton John (before he had hair) played his piano, Leo Sayer with his big hair, Olivia Newton John in 1982, newly famous after ‘Grease’, Eric Clapton – they all came and made patrons hungry for more.
There was more. Sting and Tina Turner, Dolly Parton, David Essex, Rod Stewart, Cher, Tom Jones, George Benson, Cliff Richard and Shirley Bassey…
Michael Jackson arrived, and took to the stage with ‘Thriller’.
And there was more…John Denver and the Beach Boys, Mariah Carey, Natalie Cole, Kenny Rogers, Gloria Gaynor…
The list is endless.
And so Sun City has found a way to honour the artists, and sportsmen like Gary Player and Ernie Els as well as the infamous extravaganza shows.
Special feature seat upholstery with the names of some of the artists was commissioned; along with other star monograms featuring the names of famous artists for the floor.
Among the legends is the man who dreamt up the idea of a casino resort in the middle of nowhere, Sol Kerzner.
This restaurant offers guests trendy grill house style food complemented by a diverse drinks menu to suite an array of tastes.
* For more information about Sun City, visit www.suninternational.com.