Hospitality businesses like restaurants and cafes are increasingly prevalent on Dutch shopping streets, as more and more retailers are disappearing from the landscape due to financial problems. The latest business struggling to cope in the Dutch retail scene is Canadian department store chain Hudson's Bay. Only two years after entering the Dutch market, the parent company is looking to cut back, which may include closing stores.
The Ministry of Public Health Welfare and Sports wants to close all smoking areas in restaurants in bars, restaurants and other catering establishments in the Netherlands within two years. State Secretary Paul Blokhuis will announce this on Friday, sources in The Hague told NOS.
Blokhuis is responding to a court ruling in a lawsuit filed by Clean Air Nederland. In February the court ruled that all smoking areas in restaurants, bars and cafes must close.
The city of Amsterdam closed two cafes indefinitely following shootings at both cafes during the early hours of Monday morning. The municipality is known to close businesses targeted in shootings, in order to limit the risk for surrounding residents, Het Parool reports.
Hotels, restaurants and bars in the Netherlands saw a turnover increase of nearly 2 percent in the second quarter of this year, compared to the first quarter, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday. The hospitality industry's turnover has been increasing steadily for four years.
All parts of the hospitality industry saw a turnover increase in the second quarter. Fast food restaurants - which includes snack bars, lunchrooms, meal deliverers and ice cream shops - saw the biggest growth at 2.5 percent.
Cafe In The City in Amsterdam was closed down indefinitely by order of Mayor Eberhard van der Laan on Wednesday evening following the discovery of a small explosive, believed to be a hand grenade, earlier in the day, Het Parool reports.
The cafe is on Kleine Gartmansplantsoen, near Leidseplein. The cafe and surrounding area were evacuated and closed down for several hours after the explosive was found, bringing public transport in the area to a stand still.
An aggressive man was arrested in Etten-Leur during the early hours of Sunday morning. He tried to stab a cafe employee and then tried to force his way into the locked cafe with a big knife and a taser. The police fired two warning shots during the arrest.
The Amsterdam police raided a cafe on the corner of Hoofweg and Jan van Galenstraat in West on Wednesday night in connection with the investigation into the gang-related assassinations in the city. Four of the 24 people present were arrested.
The horeca (Dutch abbreviation for Hotel/Restaurant/Café) sector showed a higher growth in the last quarter of 2014 as compared to previous years, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS). Over the course of 2014, the industry grew by 5.6 percent, which is the largest output expansion in hospitality since the pre-crisis period ending with 2007.
Four people were shot in an Amsterdam bar early Sunday morning, leaving two people critically injured. The shooting happened at the Grand Cafe de Kraai in Amsterdam Zuidoost at about 2:30 a.m., police say.
The number of companies declaring bankruptcy in May dropped by 33 percent compared to the same period a year earlier, according to new numbers published by faillissementsdossier.nl. It is the largest monthly decline in bankruptcies since 2012.
Two groups of people had an argument in a bar on the Vijverstraat in Sint Willebrord, after which some were involved in a series of crashes on the A58 near Breda resulting in two arrests.
The Public Prosecution Authority (OM) will give €10,000 for the tip that leads to the arrest of the man who killed Amsterdam bar owner Kenneth Renaldo Richards in January.
Police arrested 3 men in Stein, Saturday, on suspicion of robbing an 84-year-old café owner from Genhout in Beek, on the night of Sunday, November 24 to Monday, November 25, 2013.
A sweet-16 birthday party escalated in Kijkduin near The Hague, in the night of Saturday on Sunday. A café had to be closed and five people were arrested.