The permit for the seating area on top of the Ludina boat at Café De Toeter, which has previously been chosen as the best terrasje in the province of Groningen, will not be renewed by the municipality.
Translation by Traci White
Culinary blog De Smaak van Stad reports that the unique patio space on the Turfsingel had been granted a provisional permit by the municipality in 2015, which was renewed in 2017. But after fighting for the permit renewal, the owners of Café de Toeter, which owns the outdoor dining and drinking space, were informed that it would not be extended a third time.
The official decision to bring the Ludina’s days as a patio space to an end was announced in a letter to the municipal council. The owners of the café had still held out hope that the municipality would reserve judgement until more definitive plans were made known for the petrol station on the Turfsingel: there are several other boat-top patios along the canal in the vicinity, but the municipal council decided not to wait.
The council did note that the Ludina’s use as part of Café de Toeter’s outdoor seating was a valued component of the Groningen city centre, but that it was not in favour of a historic ship being permanent “capped” with a dining area.
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