For the people who already 29 eating a sandwich or cake or drinking their morning cup of coffee at Lodewieck on the Denneweg is something to swallow, but owners Stefanie and Richard are secretly looking forward to it; lunchroom Lodewieck stops.
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Richard Koot (
) got Stefanie Tonino (54) 13 years ago about starting a lunchroom on the antique street in The Hague; the Denneweg. Now the street has changed a lot and there will be more changes. The well-attended lunch shop Lodewieck will close in two weeks. For good.
“We were one of the first lunch shops on the Denneweg where you could sit from morning until midnight. at noon,” says Stefanie. “I had attended hotel school here, but I came from Dordrecht and Richard is from here. We heard that the baker who was here would stop and after a long renovation, we were able to open with a lot of help from friends and family.”
The business has been going very well since the opening. “We were soon known for the carrot cake and the omelettes”. Richard adds: “And because of our speed. We are never sleeping. Because there are so many embassies and offices around, many people come who only have a short break, we are completely attuned to that.”
According to Stefanie, the customers are sometimes shocked when they tell them that the business is closing. “Many regular customers have been coming here from the start. We have seen the children grow up from the families who have been coming here for years, so you know each other. I also think I’m going to miss that the most; the contact with the people. The social.”
The decision to stop came during the corona period. “We talked about how we wanted to continue and actually we thought it was enough after all these years. We decided to sell and when we were told last month that a very nice couple had great plans with this property, things suddenly went very quickly.”
On Wednesday Lodewieck is open for the last time in July. “We stop at the peak,” Stefanie says. “It’s fine this way. And what are we going to do? I don’t have any plans yet, but it’s coming for the first time 13 year on a summer vacation.” †
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