Soul Kitchen, the new social living room of Strijp-S

Last Thursday another new restaurant opened at Strijp-S. According to initiator Thomas Thijs, Soul Kitchen distinguishes itself from other restaurants at Strijp-S.

In close collaboration with healthcare and job provider Futuris, an organization that helps (young) adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) on their way to social and economic self-sufficiency, he has created a place where good food can be eaten for as little as 6.50 euros. People are also welcome to come in for a drink, play a boardgame and read a Dutch newspaper or a book from their free library.

The restaurant is run by young people with autism, under supervision of professional and experienced teachers. Furthermore, there is an open stage, for whoever wants to perform there, and room for a small organic shop and a lunchroom. Thijs said: "We want to become the social living room of Strijp-S".

The idea for Soul Kitchen originated in 2014. After a long search, housing corporation Woonbedrijf finally made this space on the ground floor of SAS-3 available to Thijs and Futuris.

Opening hours are: Thursday to Sunday from 17:00. It is not necessary to make a reservation and singles can eat at the table that seats 12 people. There is also a corner where small children can play.

Photo: Chris de Zeeuw

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