The volunteers at Zeezicht will soon no longer have to go up- and downstairs balancing plates of food. In March the new kitchen in the back of Café De Overkant will be ready, and the student-run organic vegetarian restaurant will open more often.
At the moment they are still cooking upstairs, in their own small kitchen. On Friday evenings, the only evening when they serve a meal, the bathroom is used for washing up. ‘Soon we’ll have a real kitchen downstairs with a dishwasher,’ tells Anne Rietveld. The student of International Development studies is enjoying life in De Overkant. ‘We get to see more people here.’
Niels Kloppenburg, studying Landscape Architecture, can hardly wait to start using the big oven. ‘It’s really difficult, using our big pans on an ordinary cooker.’
Lack of space means that at present Zeezicht only serves a simple meal on Friday evenings instead of the usual three-course meal. ‘We wanted to offer something,’ says Anne. ‘We also work on request. Yesterday someone celebrated their graduation here, and we’re open on Valentines Day.’
When the new kitchen is ready Zeezicht will probably also be open on Thursdays and Saturdays. / Yvonne de Hilster