New name Librije’s Zusje
AMSTERDAM/ZWOLLE - As per 1st January 2019 Librije’s Zusje Amsterdam will have a new name. The Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, the owner of the two-star restaurant, and Jonnie and Thérèse Boer of De Librije in Zwolle who first christened the restaurant are all in agreement. Having enjoyed a wonderful partnership for around five years, Jonnie & Thérèse Boer have now made the decision to end their advisory role at Librije’s Zusje. Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam will continue to work with Executive Chef, Sidney Schutte, and the existing team at the current location on the Herengracht. The restaurant will get a restyling and be renamed Spectrum.
"We have an incredible amount of appreciation for the role that Jonnie & Thérèse have played over the last five years”, says Roberto Payer, General Manager at Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam: “in the background, but always enormously engaged and interested in the developments both on the floor and behind the scenes of Librije’s Zusje. It is with melancholy hearts that we say farewell to them, but we're proud that Chef Sidney Schutte and Restaurant Manager Sascha Speckemeier will further show their signature style and develop an exciting new chapter in Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam´s gastronomy.” Executive chef Sidney Schutte adds: "We have a fantastic motivated and creative team that only goes for the very best; they perform at the highest level and feel challenged every day and that will certainly be continued.”
For their part, Jonnie & Thérèse Boer look back with pleasure and satisfaction on an enjoyable and successful partnership, with their former colleagues Sidney Schutte and Geralda Joziasse, both of whom began working at Waldorf Astoria five years ago thanks to the Boers´ intercession. “Over the last five years, Sidney and Geralda have proven without doubt that they can stand on their own feet as, respectively, Executive Chef and Food & Beverage Manager at Waldorf Astoria. We are proud of what they, and the whole team in Amsterdam, have achieved. We could not have wished for a better reflection of Librije’s Zusje. We are confident that Sidney will carry on along the current gastronomic course and, together with the team, will make Spectrum a great success. We will continue to follow their progress with pride and interest”.
“After working together closely for so long, in both Zwolle and Amsterdam, Jonnie & Thérèse and De Librije feel a bit like family”, declared Sidney Schutte. “I am proud, together with my partner Geralda, to have played a part in the giant success story of De Librije for so long. We have enjoyed enormously Jonnie & Thérèse´s passion and drive, that which makes them and their team strive to deliver the very best for their guests every single day. We are incredibly grateful to them for everything they have taught us and for the chances they have offered us”.
About Librije’s Zusje
On 1st May 2014, what was at the time the second branch of Librije’s Zusje opened at the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam. From the outset Jonnie & Thérèse Boer held an advisory role, whilst the day-to-day leadership remained in the hands of former Head Chef at De Librije, and current Executive Chef of the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, Sidney Schutte; along with his partner Geralda Joziasse as food & beverage manager. Within seven months of the opening Librije’s Zusje Amsterdam was rewarded with 2 Michelin stars, an unheard of achievement. On 14th September of that year it was announced that the first branch, Librije's Zusje in Zwolle, would be closing down as of 31st December 2014. Librije Zusje Amsterdam will be closing her doors as of 31st of December 2018 and reopening under the new name Spectrum.
About Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
The elegant and stately Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, opened in May 2014. It is located at Herengracht 542-556, in six monumental properties dating from the 17th and 18th century, each one possessing its own story. The entrance and majestic stairwell, which were designed by Daniel Marot the architect to King Willem III, lend the hotel its grandeur. The hotel includes over 93 luxurious rooms and suites, the exclusive Guerlain Spa, the two-star restaurant Librije's Zusje and the Goldfinch Brasserie. Its central location, on the most beautiful canal in Amsterdam, makes it the ideal place from which to discover and experience the city in all its guises. For more information: waldorfastoria.com/amsterdam.
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