01 Dec '14

Welcome to the cafe on the crazy hill

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door Michaël Bellon
The red letters that appear to be peeling off on one of the facades of the corner building read ‘In de Welkom, Bij Mw Wouters-Wauters’ (referring to the Welkom or Welcome cafe, owned by a Mrs Wouters-Wauters). Called Lisa or Leeza by the local customers, Mrs Wouters-Wauters still runs the establish

The red letters that appear to be peeling off on one of the facades of the corner building read ‘In de Welkom, Bij Mw Wouters-Wauters’ (referring to the Welkom or Welcome cafe, owned by a Mrs Wouters-Wauters). Called  Lisa or Leeza by the local customers, Mrs Wouters-Wauters still runs the establishment. Eighty eight years old but still not looking her age, Lisa Wauters has  been running the place since 1959, but it goes back a lot further than that, in fact to 1906, while the furniture dates back to 1938. Situated in Dworp, the cafe has  several (nick)names: The Mayor's cafe, The Pray for Us cafe and, currently, Leeza's cafe (Bij Leeza). Some of these names obviously have a story behind them. And speaking of strange names, the cafe is located at an altitude commonly referred to as the ‘Crazy Hill’. (RK, dec 2014)