Posts Tagged "Anniversary"


2nd Anniversary

2nd Anniversary


Posted on Dec 1, 2014

The 1st of December marked the second anniversary of, proud owners, Joke and Daan at Dutchies. It has been a wonderful 2 years and every day they are grateful for the opportunity to live and work in such a special, beautiful place. It has been a privilege to manage the only restaurant on the magnificent Grotto Beach and to meet and get to know locals and serve visitors from all over the world. Highlights this year have been welcoming the Lighthouse Ladies after their annual Lighthouse-to-Lighthouse walk, our very successful Winter Quiz evenings, winning the Fynarts Culinary challenge, sharing the delight of the Indische Rijsttafel and experiencing the talented musicians that come and play at Dutchies each month. Then of course, there are also the celebrations that you bring to Dutchies that we are delighted to play a small part in: the meetings of long lost friends; the exchanging of vows; the beginnings and endings; birthdays and anniversaries; club lunches and family gatherings. Thank you everyone for your support and enthusiasm and friendship. The Rocket Scientists Spring princess at Dutchies Whoo Hoo – They did it! The Mayor came to welcome the Lightouse 2 Lighthouse...

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1st Anniversary Celebrations

1st Anniversary Celebrations


Posted on Nov 27, 2013

Yes! It is our 1st anniversary as the new managers of Dutchies. We’re celebrating with a special champagne breakfast on Sunday 1st December and would be delighted if you’d celebrate this milestone with us. Joke and Daan are just back from a short trip home to Holland and our special friend Sita, who has been looking after Dutchies while we were away, will be there too. We do hope you can join us. Free glass of champagne on arrival 🙂...

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Dutchies Celebrate their 10th

Dutchies Celebrate their 10th


Posted on Jan 24, 2013

The popular eatery Dutchies on Grotto beach may have undergone a change in management but will retain its Dutch character as the new team, like the original owners, also hails from Holland. And they have arrived on the scene just in time to celebrate Dutchies’ tenth birthday. It was Joke Gonggryp’s son Daan who convinced his parents to leave their life in Holland behind and start an exciting new episode in Hermanus. Recovering from a dreaded illness and major surgery five years ago, Daan was invited by a friend to come and convalesce in Hermanus. It so happens that his friend is the brother of Let, who together with her partner Edith, had opened a restaurant on Grotto beach called Dutchies in 2002. “The first time I saw it, I fell in love with this beautiful spot,” Daan says. He spent four weeks working at the restaurant and returned to Holland full of enthusiasm. He later returned and also spent time in KwaZulu Natal. “That’s when I knew that South Africa had gotten into his blood,” says mom Joke. About two years ago Joke and her husband Just accompanied Daan to Hermanus to discuss the future plans for Dutchies with Let and Edith. They were more than happy to entrust their little piece of paradise to their compatriots. Last year the Gonggryps sold their home in Zeist near Utrecht and moved lock, stock and barrel to Hermanus. They now live in Voëlklip and took over the management of the restaurant just before the start of the summer season. It was a new milestone not only for them but also for the business, as Dutchies celebrated its tenth birthday in December. “We were lucky enough to get our friend Chris, who managed various restaurants in Holland, to come with us,” says Joke, who has embraced this new challenge with open arms. “Let and Edith built up this business, for which I am very grateful. We do not plan on making big changes, but have added new items to the menu which will continue to offer memorable food based on our Dutch heritage. We will now be open in the evenings, seven days of the week, and we will not close for the whole winter. We will also be doing functions and have already hosted a very successful wedding reception.” Joke and her team will be celebrating Dutchies’ tenth birthday next Friday 1 February by offering guests a free cocktail each between 17:00 and 19:00. Dutchies is open from 08:30 every day for breakfast, lunch, sundowners and tapas, and dinner. Visit www.dutchies.co.za or call...

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