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Like many great stories throughout history, ours 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. And like most men with great ideas, this one didn’t work. 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 checking out Vancouver, John was in a bad car accident. Not only that, he ran out of money waiting for his settlement. He had no choice but to scour the classifieds looking for work. That’s when he found, “Young man wanted to learn the restaurant business.” Barely having money for food, this seemed like a good opportunity.
After learning a few things, John opened his own place in 1970. He called it the “Frying Dutchman” and his hamburger sales became famous for predicting elections. He called them “Hamburger Polls.”
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.
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.
But things didn’t always go so smoothly. The 80’s brought a bad recession with a simultaneous increase in competition. Both the Frying Dutchman and the Original Dutch Pannekoek House survived. But after things got better, John and Bill focused on the more successful business. The Original Dutch Pannekoek House. Although today, you probably know it as “De Dutch.”
With 16 restaurants, the pannekoek’s future looks bright. Sadly, John passed in April of 2020, Bill remains president a position he has held since the 1980s.
And to think, this whole thing started with a young man joining the army.Visit Website
40+ years ago, Fifth Avenue Real Estate Marketing Limited (Fifth Avenue) was founded in Surrey, British Columbia by a family of marketing and sales professionals with an extensive background in market housing development. We worked closely with entrepreneurial, consumer-minded developers and we still do today.
Fifth Avenue is a licensed Real Estate Brokerage with a team of project marketers and new home sales professionals collaborating with various developers to bring to life communities for today’s modern families, and to envision homes for the future. Bringing people home is our mission – we are here to help you find your first home, your next home, your condominium, or your townhome. We have something that is right for you.
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