In the middle of Haarlem, in the shadow of the Grote Bavokerk, lies an ancient catering street: the Oude Groenmarkt. Amidst the cosy pubs and restaurants you will find Wilma & Albèrts Steakhouse. Known since 1971 for its relaxed, friendly atmosphere, generous portions and steaks of amazing quality.
Wilma & Albèrt's Steakhouse first opened its doors in 1971. By now, it has been almost 20 years since Albèrt took off his chef's jacket for the last time. But still, hundreds of people enjoy his legacy every day.
Chef Maarten Vledder has taken on the honourable task of upholding and continuing the name of Wilma & Albèrts. Just like founder Albèrt and former owner Lucas Krabshuis, Maarten is of the old school and that is why there is still as much as possible homemade. Where can you still see the chefs boning their own meat, smoking whole salmon and even baking the biscuits to accompany their coffee? At Wilma and Àlberts, everything is still done to ensure that the guest enjoys the old-fashioned way of life.
With a modern, warm touch
On Wilma and Àlberts' terrace, the characteristic French chairs beckon passers-by. The terrace is also a popular spot for regular guests of the steakhouse. The Sit & Heat cushions are a perfect addition to enhance guest enjoyment. Initially, the choice was made to equip part of the terrace with heated cushions, but after the first experiences, this soon proved to be insufficient. Guests appreciated the wonderful warmth so much that extending it to the entire terrace was a logical step. Old-fashioned enjoyment, but with a modern, warm touch!
At BUUV. you can enjoy yourself in an informal way. A beautiful place, at the Goffertpark in the sun where everyone is welcome at different times of the day; in the sun on the terrace, in the park with a nice picnic, with the neighbour to a beer after a long day at work, or just get an ice cream. BUUV. is really there for everyone.
Wonderful place to be
The terrace is a great place to be. The cold is not a problem here. Not only because of the sunny location, but also thanks to the comfortable cushions of Sit & Heat, guests can enjoy BUUV's many delicious drinks and snacks outside for a long time. In addition to increasing seating comfort, the cushions also make traditional patio heaters unnecessary. A win-win for people and the environment
The environmental aspect is very important to owners Alwin Barten and his wife Ellen. When they started the BUUV. adventure in March 2020, a major renovation awaited them. The entire building is fitted with double glazing, good insulation and as many energy-efficient devices as possible. The Sit & Heat heat pads complete the picture. They also provide sustainable heating for the terrace. Something that can count on a lot of appreciation from the guests. Alwin enthusiastically talks about all the positive reactions to the cushions. "I often hear guests say: can't we do that at home, nice in the garden? That's possible, because the cushions are available in different colours and sizes and can be made to measure. In this way, the all-day café inspires guests to make their homes more sustainable too. A nice side effect for BUUV: thanks to the comfortable cushions, guests stay seated longer and order an extra beer or dish, which generates extra income.
The place where you can pretend you're at home, drink good coffee, have lunch and dinner, read the paper, throw a party, have drinks and play cool games! Café Vrijdag is located on the corner of Spijkerstraat and Velperbuitensingel opposite Musispark. It is the perfect meeting place after shopping or a visit to one of the surrounding theatres. Musis Stadstheater, Schouwburg Arnhem and Theater het Hof are just around the corner.
In June 2018, current owner Ronald, took over the beautiful Café Vrijdag. At that time, the café had already existed for 19 years. Together with good friend Kimon and girlfriend Vera who works with him from time to time, Ronald continues the café with love and passion. When on 15 March 2020, Corona forced the café to close and one day later Vera's job at KLM came to an end, it all seemed to have come to nothing. But this also gives them peace of mind and room to think. Kimon decides to go his own way outside the hospitality industry and Vera decides to come and work at Café Vrijdag full-time.
It turned out to be the right move and Ronald and Vera are enormously proud of what they call 'the cosiest corner of Velperbuitensingel'. It has only become cosier and Friday is still Friday.
Because of its unique location, Café Vrijdag's terrace is a real eye-catcher. A perfect place for Sit & Heat, we thought. We spontaneously sat down with Ronald for coffee. He was immediately enthusiastic, and this enthusiasm was boosted by the free grant from the Municipality of Arnhem during the Corona pandemic. We looked for the best way to offer the guests an extra experience and how to create extra places on the terrace. The result is impressive: the frontage benches are heated with Sit & Heat cushions bearing Café Vrijdag's distinctive logo. If you drive around the city of Arnhem now, you cannot miss Café Vrijdag.
Me & Mrs P
At Me & MRs P they describe themselves as follows:
Me & Mrs. P are different as: Bert & Ernie, Ham & Cheese, Beer & Balls, Right & Left, Pepper & Salt, Sun & Moon, Lost & Found, Bubbles & Oysters, Sooner & Later, Heads & Tails...
Together they create a place where you can be yourself, feel at home and don't have to do anything. In other words, a place where you can be unforced.
Pippi as an inspiration
That casualness is also reflected in the interior. A cheerful place with many rounded shapes and bright colours that have been lightly flattened. The inspiration for this cheerfulness lies in Pippi Longstocking. Owner Ella is a fan of Pippi Longstocking. Fun fact: the P. in Me & MRS P also stands for Pippi.
The cheerfulness of the interior is continued in the terrace. A beautiful place with lovely seating areas that fully reflect the atmosphere and experience of the interior. Colours and shapes played a major role in the choice of cushions with Sit & Heat. In the back garden, a lovely place has been created where a lounge cushion with plump cushions as back cushions has been chosen to allow you to dream away.
Ristorante & Pizzeria La vita è bella
La Vita é Bella, or Life is Beautiful. It is not only the name of a beautiful restaurant in Midlaren, but also the opinion of the owner Chris.What makes life beautiful for him is very simple: Being surrounded by close friends and family. Enjoying the simple things in life together with your loved ones, such as good food and casual conviviality. A beautiful life is the smile on your face after the first sip of that fantastic wine. And above all, creating sweet memories together, in a warm and welcoming environment.
Italian in a modern setting
The atmosphere in the restaurant reflects this warm and welcoming environment in every way. The tasteful and modern interior of the restaurant, the friendliness of the staff and the inviting terrace all contribute to an optimal guest experience.
Warm and Chic
When Chris heard about the initiative from the province of Drenthe to grant a subsidy to entrepreneurs in the hospitality industry for sustainable patio heating, he did not hesitate for a moment. He had already experienced the heated cushions from Sit & Heat at several locations and found them so enjoyable that he wanted the same for his own guests. In the meantime, 36 chairs have been heated with a heated cushion. The combination of a light and soft colour choice with the gold embroidered logo gives a wonderful result, warm and chic! Perfectly fitting for a beautiful life; La Vita è Bella!
Douwe Egberts Café
With around 12 cafés spread throughout the Netherlands, there is a place in almost every province for a delicious home-roasted cup of Douwe Egberts coffee. In the spacious and modernly designed coffee cafés of DE, one can enjoy an extensive breakfast from 08.00 hrs. and a delicious lunch in the afternoon. And of course all this with a cup of coffee.
THE cosiest living room in the Netherlands
Fun bit of history... While on holiday in New York, where he came across coffee shops on every street corner, Patrick van Erven got the idea to start his own coffee café. Five years later, his idea became a reality. Together with his father, he opened the doors of the Douwe Egberts Café in Leeuwarden on the corner of Doelesteeg and Ruiterskwartier in the summer of 2011. Since then, coffee has been the order of the day. You come to Douwe Egberts Cafés because you want to enjoy the best coffee, in whatever form, in the cosiest living room in the Netherlands! And that people feel at home is evident from the fact that Patrick sees everyone passing by; From walking sticks to prams and from textbooks to laptops: "It all comes here!"
Safe and warm
If Corona causes the catering industry in the Netherlands to close down, Patrick chooses to invest in a heated terrace. Sit & Heat was the solution they were looking for. This way, they could still receive guests in a safe and warm way. The cushions have proved such a success that they have not been confined to Leeuwarden alone. Groningen, Zwolle and Enschede have followed. The heated seat cushions with DE logo are on more than 200 chairs at these locations and the next plans are already being prepared. A partnership that makes us warm!
Only the very best! That is what Moustique restaurant is all about. Pure seasonal ingredients as a basis, offered by passionate suppliers. Everything to let the guest enjoy a culinary experience of the highest level.
In May 2021, restaurant Moustique will open its doors in the centre of Haarlem. The restaurant owes its name to the nickname that Haarlem citizens are proud to bear, the Haarlem Mug. The collaboration of Chef Jesse van Leeuwen and Maître Jelmer Molendijk starts when they are colleagues in Restaurant Duin en Kruidberg. In the spring of 2021, they decide to take the plunge and open the restaurant at the Oude Groenmarkt.
The perfect solution!
Overlooking the beautiful Sint Bavo Church, the terrace is beautifully situated. Not only this view and the delicious food make it fight for a table; also the comfortable heated cushions of Sit & Heat can count on the approval of guests. It is therefore the perfect solution! The location of the restaurant, around the church, makes it difficult to use traditional heating methods. There is always a breeze, so the heat from a heater is blown away and does not reach the place where you would like it to: the guest.
For this reason, when making the plans for the opening of the restaurant, it was soon clear that the heated cushions of Sit & Heat would be a perfect addition to the total customer experience. Due to restaurant Moustique and Sit & Heat's joint collaboration with Heineken, not only was the Moustique logo embroidered on the cushion, but the Heineken logo was also given a place on the cushion.
Brasa Bar and Kitchen
Brasa Purmerend has the best terrace in the Netherlands! As winner of the Terrace Top 100 they may wear this title with pride for a whole year. And proud they are: 'It is the crowning glory of work, the result of hard work and a fantastic team. We are constantly working to achieve a high level and perform our work with passion', says owner Arwin Versteyne.
"It's a pleasure to sit here."
The jury's report is clear: "It is a joy to be here. Brasa once again captivates everyone with an absurdly high standard. They know all the ins and outs and have an eye for detail". It is hard to get a better compliment. Located on the most beautiful catering square in North Holland, the Koemarkt, the terrace with 180 chairs is a perfect spot for a nice cup of coffee and breakfast, lunch or delicious dinner.
Further development for even more comfort
The fact that Brasa did not sit still after winning the prize is evidenced by the further development of the prize-winning terrace. In their search for ways to offer guests even more comfort, they came across the heated terrace cushions of Sit & Heat. In collaboration with Fever Tree, the first 60 chairs were provided with heated cushions. An extra reason to go and experience the party for yourself!
Shipping company Friendship and Sit & Heat provide warm buttocks on the water
Amsterdam - During your luxury canal cruise in Amsterdam you will have warm buttocks! Friendship Amsterdam ensures that the temperature on a canal cruise is not only pleasant in summer, but also during the colder days. And this with a heating system where no heat is lost to the outside air, which fits well with 'Amsterdam Vaart Schoon'.
Shipping company Friendship
Friendship Amsterdam is a company started by two friends with the greatest love for watersports and boats. They named their organisation after the first boat they built and the bond between the two of them. Their motto and also the starting point for their services: Friendship isn't one big thing, it's a million little things. With the luxurious and personalised boat trips through the canals, you will enjoy "The Ultimate Amsterdam Experience". Enjoy the beautiful city like 'locals' do.
The cushions are custom-made for the unique and trendy boats. The heating system in the cushion heats you immediately, with only 20Watt per seat. This is 95% less than usual patio heaters. The sensor in the cushion switches the heater on and off. Comfortable, innovative and energy efficient!
"The shed at the back of the garden... that's where it all started," says catering entrepreneur Ayhan, laughing. Together with two friends, he started 'Club HAC', a kind of predecessor of today's beer bar. "We were about 15 years old and wanted to earn some extra money with some alcohol and a fries pan. At first, it was just for some friends, but soon we didn't even know half the visitors ourselves. After a year or two, we had to stop. It became busier in our garden than in the local pub... and we had no toilet".
Being able to do something for everyone
It did not stop with the shed in the garden. Ayhan now has nine catering outlets. A true entrepreneur who sees a challenge in opening new businesses. "Whether someone is in the mood for tapas, an evening out or getting married, I like it when I, together with my partners and staff, can mean something for everyone. This certainly also applies to his business Tapamor, where since April he has had two benches with the heated Sit & Heat cushions on them.
"You want to give people the idea that they are on holiday"
It's about the total experience
Tapamor is a Spanish tapas restaurant, where cosiness comes first. The Sit & Heat cushions also play a role in this. Ayhan and his manager Avalon both agree: "The best compliment is that people feel that they have been on holiday here. When you hear that, it means that your guests are purely relaxed and have really enjoyed themselves. That is the best thing you can give someone. Every detail can contribute to that".
Everyone talks about it
"Last summer we were very busy with the terrace of Tapamor. That worked really well. The terrace has been brightened up with fun stuff, including Sit & Heat, which attracts a lot of people," says Avalon. "It is so innovative, our guests keep talking about it. That's not only good for the cushions, but also for us!" says Ayhan. "Especially during the colder days, the Sit & Heat benches are the first places to be occupied.