Secret 2: The Garden of Cleve
Back in the days, it was not at all common for women to go to coffeehouses. In the early years of ‘De Poort’, something that is taken for granted today, was considered indecent by many people. Our founders, the Hulscher brothers, seized this opportunity, by the use of a small courtyard that was hidden behind the beer house, surrounded by the adjoined tall buildings. Although women were not welcome everywhere in the restaurant, this courtyard, which soon affectionately started to bear the name ‘Het Tuintje’ (The little garden), turned out to be the perfect opportunity to respond to this new target group. ‘Het Tuintje’ could be reached via both the main entrance of the restaurant and the back entrance on the ‘Spuistraat’. In the summer months it was always busy with the women and children of the regular restaurant visitors.
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