De Dutch, Welcome to Orchard Plaza
McIntosh Properties is pleased to welcome the Original De Dutch Pannekoek House to Orchard Plaza Shopping Centre.
Like many great stories throughout history, theirs starts with a mistake. The year was 1955 and John Dys was living in the Netherlands. At some point John had a great idea. Join the army. However; shortly after joining, John wanted “out.” Luckily the Dutch army provided three convenient options: die, retire, or leave the country. Option three seemed nice. So he packed his bags and left for Canada.
While in Vancouver, John armed with an understanding of the restaurant business, opened his own place in 1970. He called it the “Frying Dutchman” and his hamburger sales became famous for predicting elections.
“Pannekoeken are served for lunch and dinner”
On a trip home to the Netherlands, his father took him to a traditional Dutch restaurant where pannekoeken are served for lunch and dinner. Not breakfast. John decided then and there he would bring the pannekoek back to Canada. And so, the first “Original Dutch Pannekoek House” opened July of 1975 on the corner of Knight Street and 25th Avenue in Vancouver. This location is still in operation today.
Timeless Breakfast Food at De Dutch
By the time the third one opened on Main Street and Terminal, John had created a unique breakfast restaurant with an emphasis on quality food. People couldn’t pronounce the “P Word,” but they sure loved to eat it. Right around this time John met Bill Waring. Soon after meeting, Bill bought a Frying Dutchman franchise in 1979.
As they grow and become a part of more neighbourhoods they never forget that our success has been built one customer at a time.
Since 1975, De Dutch has been offering our guests genuine Dutch cuisine and West Coast favourites prepared with a subtle, yet original twist! Their Mission Statement is: “We earn tomorrow’s guests today.” Join them for a meal experience that is simply de licious and simply de best!
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