As we learned and wrote at the time, manager Roy Morre informed the college of mayor and aldermen in February of his decision to grant the concession (which normally ran until June 30, 2025) for the exploitation of the urban Foyer attached to the Cultuurcentrum. Zoetegem, to be terminated with effect from 1 June ll. Roy Morre had reopened the culture café at 18 Hospitaalstraat at the end of October 2019 after his father Filip had closed its door for good more than a year before.
The City of Zottegem therefore had to look for another manager once again and a new selection guideline was approved for this purpose in the municipal council meeting on 16 May. Applications with a concrete concession proposal could be submitted until June 28, and reportedly this resulted in only one legally valid candidacy. As a result, the concession for the exploitation of the Foyer was now agreed at the council meeting on 28 August last assigned to Pieter Van den Bossche and Barbara Van Hoordethe operators of Kaffee Planchee at Hospitaalstraat 12. The concession fee is 726 euros (600 euros excl. VAT) per month.
In a press release distributed throughout the city in the context of the search for a new owner, the Foyer was presented as “a great cafe with a vintage look” but apparently the property requires some necessary investments for painting, repairs to walls, sanitary repairs, loose fittings, broken front door decking, etc. The total cost of this is estimated at 33,500 euros and the city wants to contribute an amount of 5,500 euros. Furthermore, the new owners may also install a permanent terrace up to the entrance of the Rhetorica room (at the cost of one parking space).
Basically it’s about a concession of just over three years, from October 1 to December 31, 2025. This end date has to do with the agreement that was extended until then that the city concluded in 2019 for the further lease of the building at Hospitaalstraat 18 (Foyer) and Hospitaalstraat 20 (CC Zoetegem/zaal Rhetorica ). The construction of a new cultural center on the Sanitary site should also be completed by 2025. The agreement with the new operators does provide for the option to extend the concession annually as long as CC Zoetegem remains housed in the Rhetorica room.