Fannie and her brother Alex transformed a former meat hall into a coffee bar last summer and that did not go unnoticed. ‘De Dikke Ziel’ received the Gulden Draak trophy this week for the most beautiful Dutch name in Ghent.
The Ghent branch of the Society of the Order of the Prince views the advance of English with dismay. To promote Dutch, they revived the tradition of the Gulden Draak trophy. The Ghent business with the most beautiful Dutch name could win a sculpture by the Flemish sculptor Tom Frantzen.
More than forty businesses were nominated, ‘De Dikke Ziel’, which opened its doors in the Slachthuisstraat last summer, was chosen as the winner. The ‘ladies of honour’ – plant and flea shop Adams Paradijs, café Aperotheek, bakery Himschoot, Stadsbrouwerij Artevelde and grocery store Vers – received a certificate.
“We chose De Dikke Ziel as the winner because the name fits seamlessly with the former destination,” says professor Piet Taelman. “Until last year, meat was still sold and the fat soul is the old name for the small head of the cattle.” The jury also thought the artisanal menu and the passion of driving forces behind Fannie and Alex fit in nicely with the name of their coffee bar/flea shop.
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