It is a hefty investment for four months. But catering entrepreneur Bram Smeets (32) of Café ‘t Veerhuis in Wessem wants to make the most of the summer to make up for the damage suffered.
His terrace, which normally has room for two hundred guests, has therefore temporarily been given an extra floor.
On the deck, which is accessible via wide stairs, a hundred visitors can sit, with a distance of one and a half meters in between. “Of course we can’t handle all the loss well, but we just have to work hard in the coming period.”
Bar instead of living room
The reactions from customers are very positive on this first day. In order not to burden his staff too much, a bar has also been set up on the first floor. In this way, the operation does not have to go up and down the stairs every time. “The drinks are prepared where I had my living room. The TV, sofa and chairs are stored elsewhere. I do follow the European Championship on the TV in the cafe section.”
The entrepreneur has no shortage of staff for the time being. There are eight permanent employees and 74 on-call workers. “I must have it. I can build an extra terrace floor, but if I don’t have any staff, it won’t do me any good.”
The permit application for the extension was sweating, says Smeets: “It took quite a while and once it seemed to be completed, there was a risk of a hitch. Fortunately, we got the green light at the last minute.”
The terrace floor at Café ‘t Veerhuis will remain in place until the end of November.