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Winter terraces are an option to ensure that catering businesses in Assen still receive sufficient income in the coming months, say a group of entrepreneurs in the city. The only problem is that the construction is very expensive, RTV Drenthe reports.
For the ailing catering sector in Assen, a winter terrace would be a great opportunity to boost turnover in the coming season. The Safety Region has given the idea the green light, but it is the Municipality that has the final say.
“Naturally, it’s an attractive proposal”, says Sandra de Vrede, of the Restaurant Liff in Assen. “But it doesn’t feel like a helping hand. For other operators that have less inside room, a winter-terrace is really needed.”
Various businesses in Assen will now enter into discussions with the municipality to come up with a proposal. A permit has been granted until next summer, but its details are still uncertain. “You can’t pitch a tent everywhere,” says De Vrede. “In addition, we do not just make an investment that we make use of for a year. That is for the longer term”, she adds.
But a roof or sustainable patio is an expensive joke for some, she says. “You talk about an amount of about forty thousand euros: that is indeed on top of all the lost income this year.”