House of Bols | A tribute to the cocktail
After ten successful years the award-winning House of Bols reopens with a total new experience: a tribute to the cocktail. The art of taste comes alive in a new multisensory experience. The exciting tour brings more than four centuries of craftsmanship alive which comes together in a perfect cocktail made by yourself or a Bols bartender.
Trends we spotted | Week 8
At Horecatrends we spot a lot of national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write articles about, the smaller trends we use in our column ‘Trends we spotted this week’. This week amongst others the Febao and the opening of Albert Heijns’ first restaurant and café.
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Franklin & Sons | Vintage natural tonics
The tonics of the English brand Franklin & Sons are now available in the Netherlands. Now the Dutch gin&tonic lovers have more choice in both the gin and the tonic. The Natural Indian Tonic, the Natural Light Tonic and the Sicilian Lemon Tonic from Franklin & Sons are sold since 1886 in vintage bottles. Wholesaler ‘het Zwijgertje BV’ is the proud and exclusive importer of the brand.
Ikinari Steak restaurant | The restaurant with no chairs
If you are addicted to steaks and would like to experience a fun and interactive dinner, than you have to go the Ikinari Steak restaurant. At Ikinari Steak they serve ‘super thick’ high quality meats at a fast pace, you even have to eat at a standing station. The Ikinari Steak restaurants are already popular in Japan (100 locations throughout Japan, including over 60 locations in Tokyo) but since last November you can also find it in New York where they’re planning to open 20 more locations in in the next five years.
Plopr | The opener with a ‘pop’ sound
Don’t you love that ‘popping’ sound when a bottle of beer or a bottle of champagne gets uncorked? With the Plopr, you will hear this ‘plop’ every time. The Plopr can be used for every bottle with a crown cap. The project is on Kickstarter as from this week to crowdfund money to produce the first copies.
Usagi no Nedoko Kyoto | Serves food that looks like rocks and minerals
Usagi no Nedoko a shop, small inn and café in Kyoto is a highly unique concept that is inspired by nature. Artist Koichi Yoshimura developed a way to preserve plants in acrylic cubes, which he calls ‘Sola Cubes’. In their café they reimagined rocks, minerals and other objects of the nature in a seasonal inspired menu. Almost too beautiful to eat. If you did not have a look at the photos, please do!
Mochi ice cream | Now available at the Whole Foods Markets
For all sweet cravers amongst us, these eye-catching brightly coloured mochi ice creams might be something for you. Mochi ice cream is a popular Japanese-American dessert made by covering bite-sized balls of ice cream with a sweet Japanese sticky rice dough. Last month the Whole Foods Markets introduced mochi ice cream bars in half of the American stores, and there are plans to open at more locations in the future.
Lokal Hotel | ‘Invisible Service’ Boutique hotel
A 6-unit boutique hotel with a focus on invisible service, will open soon in Philadelphia, USA. The Lokal Hotel will offer guests an authentic Philadelphia experience and an escape that feels like home. The hotel seeks to provide a unique connection with the city without sacrificing the comfort and care travelers expect.
Temakery | Healthy hotspot
Temakery, recently opened in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Temakery is a fast-casual restaurant that responds to the fast moving society and the generation of today. They offer fresh meals, authentic street food and healthy snacks. The best point: you have full control over the contents of your meal.
De Jong DELI | Seven businesses in one
One of the ultimate examples of blurring, De Jong DELI houses seven different outlets: a lunchroom, bakery, butchery, cheese maker, delicacies, caterer and an ice cream shop! In other words De Jong DELI is, both a store, caterer and a restaurant, located in Adriaan Oomenstraat 1a in Teteringen, the Netherlands.
Freakshakes | The 1,500 calories explosion
Be warned: do not watch the video above if you are on a diet! Did you watch it? And does your mouth already water? These messy milkshakes “freakshakes” covered in sweets and decorated with whipped cream and sweet sauce first popped up in Australia, but their popularity is also rising in the United States, United Kingdom and even in Belgium.
Starbucks ice cream
Ice cream lovers and Starbucks coffee lovers pay attention. Starbucks starts selling Starbucks ice cream at over 100 locations in the United States of America. In 2016 Starbucks already started with the pilot to sell ice cream in some of their bars. And it worked out.
Rooster Soup Company | All profit goes to charity
At restaurant Rooster Soup Company in Philadelphia they help people in need by donating their profit to charity. Chef Michael Solomonov and his four partners at Federal Donuts made this possible via a crowdfunding campaign.
Trends we spotted | Week 7
At Horecatrends we spot a lot of national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write articles about, the smaller trends we use in our column ‘Trends we spotted this week’. This week amongst others about the spoon that let your food taste better and Jack Daniels coffee.
De Bajes | Street Art Restaurant
The first Street Art restaurant opened this week in the Netherlands and is called ‘De Bajes’, which means ‘The Jail’. After to Hong Kong and New York it’s now also possible in the Netherlands to eat and drink between painted walls by world’s most famous street art artists. The restaurant is located on the Utrechtsestraat in Amsterdam.
New: the vegetable- and fruit butcher
New in the United States: the vegetable- and fruitbutcher. The ‘butcher’ can be found in the supermarket and prepares the products you bought, so you can either use or consume them directly. For $1,- they cut 500 grams of vegetables and fruits.
McDonalds reinvented the shake experience with a new straw
Ever experienced ordering a mixed drink where only one flavor at a time dominated the drink? McDonalds found a solution to this. With the new Chocolate Shamrock Shake, available during Shamrock season, McDonalds challenged itself by reinventing the shake experience.
Alibi Hostel | Sleeping in a prison
Ever wanted to experience what it’s like to sleep a night in prison? It’s now possible in Leeuwarden. Since the beginning of this year, a hostel opened in former prison ‘De Blokhuispoort’. In order to find the perfect balance of keeping the original interior but still providing a comfortable and fun stay, several changes had to be made.
Ancolie Restaurant | All dishes in a jar
Last year we wrote about a Kickstarter project from entrepreneur Chloë, she was funding to open her own ‘Glass Jars’ concept in New York. The goal was to serve all meals in healthy and sustainable jars. In the meantime, the restaurant opened its doors and we received some pictures of the concept!
British Airways i360 | Impressive observation tower
The world’s tallest moving observation tower opened last year in Brighton, England. The tower is called British Airways i360, is 138 metres high and has a breath-taking view over Brighton and the beautiful south coast. Marks Barfield Architects, creators of the London Eye conceived and designed the tower.
Marcus Roast & Toast | Toasty’s the new burgers
Marcus Roast & Toast is a new concept that recently opened in The Hague. The restaurant is serving culinary toasty’s, something which we haven’t spotted that often. Are toasty concepts going to be just as popular as the hamburger concepts were a few years ago?
Lego Burgers | For all people with an obsession for lego and hamburgers
Do you have an obsession for lego and addicted to burgers? The Brick Burger restaurant is probably the best restaurant for you. You only have to travel to the Philippines to taste the Lego Burgers!
Trends we spotted | Week 6
At Horecatrends we spot a lot of national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write articles about, the smaller trends we use in our column ‘Trends we spotted this week’. This week amongst others about the first gin school in Ireland and ReclaVilt, free personalized beer coasters.
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Meltdown | Chain of eSports bars
In 2012 the first location of Meltdown opened in Paris. Four years later, the number of Meltdown bars raised to 28 in seven different countries. As fast as the world of eSports grows, the Meltown chain seems to grow as well. The bars are a gathering place for gamers and fans who like to play or watch games together.
Café X | The first robotic café in the United States
Located in downtown San Francisco’s Metreon shopping center, Café X Technologies has launched its first robotic café in January. Working closely with local coffee roaster partners, Cafe X can consistently serve its customers in seconds with a focus on delivering beverages that taste exactly how the coffee roaster intended. The first location is a highly trafficked dense area which will be the blueprint for future Cafe X locations.