Cultural phenomenons often have
long-lasting and far-reaching effects, but Kapitein Zeppos has been
blessed with two most unusual tributes. In both Amsterdam and Antwerp, there are restaurants
named after our hero...
In the centre of
Amsterdam, there is a popular restaurant-bar and music venue called... yes, you
guessed it... Kapitein Zeppos.
is the brainchild of Bob van Buren,
who opened Zeppos in 1988 after many years working on oil rigs. He
wanted a project that would combine his love of good food, music and
performing and the Zeppos Café was the perfect solution.
It's a testament to the impact and success of
the restaurant that any websearch for pages about Kapitein Zeppos
produces more results for Bob's restaurant than
it does for the series. Bob himself is a fan of the series - it
could hardly be a coincidence, after all - and used to watch the
series as a child in Breda (in the south of the Netherlands),
picking up the Belgian TV signals.
One of the reasons for the success of the
restaurant - beyond Kapitein Zeppos' excellent reputation for
food and live music - is the 'Café-Chantant', a vibrant musical
happening that is held on the first Sunday of each month. If you're
in Amsterdam while it's on, it's a must-see event.
Kapitein Zeppos is a well-regarded venue,
serving Flemish and French cuisine and an excellent selection of
Belgian beers. The decor is Belgian, as is all the furniture in the
establishment. It is open from 11.00am-11.00pm, Monday - Saturday.
Every night, the venue is closed to the sound of the Kapitein
Zeppos theme (Living It Up by Bert Kaempfert). Zeppos
himself would be proud. (Indeed, it appears he was - Senne Rouffaer
was a regular customer!)
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Phone: +31 20 624 20 57
The restaurant was featured in a short filmed item which appeared as an extra on the DVD set of Kapitein
Zeppos: Belderbos. The restaurant also has its own website, which can be reached at:
There is another Kapitein Zeppos themed restaurant in Antwerp, which, if anything is even more
up front in its tribute to the series. Patrons entering the establishment are immediately faced with the sight of a Kapitein
Zeppos poster on the wall before them. The decor throughout the restaurant is very much inspired by the exploits of the good
The café is frequented mainly by those in their late twenties and early thirties, and is a favourite haunt for young actors -
and for those who aspire to follow them into the profession. K. Zeppos is situated a short walk outside the bustling centre of
Antwerp - a little way down Kammenstraat from Groenplaats - and offers straightforward, good food and drink and a convivial
Phone: +32 03 231 17 89
Thanks to Ludovic Beun for bringing K. Zeppos (Antwerp) to our attention.