History of the Blue Tomato
The local Council of Hoorn back in 2012 placed an advert appealing for qualified people to apply to run a new Coffeeshop. Having recently closed down two of Hoorn’s original Coffee shops, the area had become full of local street traders. With the town rapidly becoming an out of bounds area at certain times the local council and police decided a new coffeeshop would be the way forward.
Thirty One separate parties applied to the councils advert which they quickly shortlisted, based on previous experience and intended location for the new coffeeshop. The management Team for the Blue Tomato bring with them over 60 years of experience and our planned location outside of the main town seemed like a good idea. Despite backing by the local governement our location was still opposed by many of the local business. After winning our first law suit the shop took a gamble and opened on the 20th September 2013, 4 months later than planned. Between our opening and 2015, we faced several other law suits in 4 courts. After our legal team’s victories in court, the Blue Tomato continues to remain open.
While you can find further information on many local news sites around Holland. Our favorite article has to go to Rolling Stoned magazine, with their report on Onno van Veldhuizen. Running with the headline ‘Mayor wants coffee!’ you can read more about it here