Lizen and Lianti’s journey started in 2013 when they worked together on a wine farm in Stellenbosch.
After their first glass of wine at a street soiree in Kerkstraat, the deal was sealed, they knew they would be friends for life.
More glasses of wine, a train trip, a boyfriend, crazy nights on the town, road trips, a wedding and an engagement followed – along with hour long conversations about how they wanted to open their own restaurant and bar and also make a difference in the community.
Lizen and Lianti’s dreams became a reality on 12 August 2015 when they opened twaalf in the heart of the winelands. This is a place born out of love, passion and the belief that no dream is too big or too small.
Along with their love for good food and wine, Lizen and Lianti also share a deep love for the community. They know that if they change the lives of just a few people, they can make a difference in the community. So twaalf has an intern program where individuals are trained in the different areas of the restaurant industry, as well as being assisted with building a resume and looking for work. twaalf also purchases some of their vegetables from the Welgevallen Food Garden. Lastly, their coffees are sold with the option of buying a cup-a-life, a cup of coffee that they, or you, can hand deliver to the homeless people of Stellenbosch.
The name twaalf came about late one night, when Lizen and Lianti were still very much dreaming about the possibilities of their ideas. Seeing that both their names start with the letter L, and L is the 12th letter of the alphabet, they played around with ideas and fell in love with the name twaalf – simple, yet intriguing.
Lizen and Lianti