“It is a bit like the living room of the village,” says Karin Huitink. “Everything and everyone comes together here. From the parties during Carnival, to the gathering after the church services. In good and bad times.” But when it turned out that there was no succession within the family, it was considered to close the door permanently.
“A project developer already came up with a nice sum of money. The cafe would be demolished and houses would be built in its place.” But despite the nice amount, it started to gnaw at Jean and Karin. “So we decided to approach a friend at Duurzaam Hoonhorst.”
The plan was soon conceived to buy the café as a village. “We actually sell a kind of shares,” says Judith Snepvangers of Local Interest Hoonhorst. “Together with Duurzaam Hoonhorst, we approached our fellow villagers, everyone was quickly enthusiastic.”
By January 1, the village must have saved up the first 250,000 euros and by November 1, 2022, the total amount of 900,000 euros must be received. Judith emphasizes that the regulars do not stand behind the tap themselves. “We are looking for another manager who is willing to take on the work in this village pub. Because what we have already seen in recent years: it really is a profession!”