This new restaurant will turn supermarket scraps into ‘lekker’ lunch

Within the Netherlands, two and a half million tons of meals is wasted yearly. A big share of this comes from supermarkets that must throw out completely good meals on daily basis.

However that’s one thing Arjan Konicks desires to do one thing about. Already on the head of two Albert Heijn shops, he has now opened the restaurant LEFT above the Albert Heijn on Amsterdamsestraatweg in Utrecht, reviews RTL Nieuws.

Lunch habbits within the Netherlands

An increasing number of Dutchies eat out through the day. Beforehand, folks reserved consuming out for time for supper however now folks seize their lunch on the go or flip to quick meals for a fast lunch.

Konicks says that due to this, supermarkets are “more and more doing catering-related issues.” However grabbing one thing from Albert Heijn to go isn’t very gezellig (and barely wholesome). As an answer, LEFT combines the combat towards meals waste with wholesome meals and a spot for folks to take a seat.


The thought behind LEFT is straightforward. Situated proper above the Albert Heijn, the cooks use no matter produce can’t be bought in-store and create tasty and wholesome meals. Primarily serving breakfast and lunch, the idea is ideal for individuals who’d in any other case grabbed one thing to-go from the grocery store, or sat down at a snack bar.

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To cater to these with a brief lunch break, LEFT makes use of a buffet idea the place folks can select from numerous soups, salads, toasts, and sandwiches.

Whereas LEFT has largely had native clients till now, there’ll be no “I’ll have the same old.” The soup and sandwiches on supply change on daily basis, relying on which components got here in from Albert Heijn. Nonetheless, Konicks says that they may all the time be of a excessive normal as a result of they work with the identical trusted recipes (tailored to varied components).


Combating meals waste isn’t the one means LEFT is dedicated to sustainability. All of the chairs and tables within the restaurant are recycled from outdated furnishings. For instance, the tables are constructed from an outdated staircase manufacturing unit. “That means we save extra than simply meals,” says Konicks.

Work with InstockMarket

If the idea appears acquainted to you then that’s as a result of an identical franchise has existed within the Netherlands for a while. A series of eating places known as Instock additionally makes use of “rescued” meals of their kitchens however, through the pandemic, two out of their three eating places shut down.

So in the event you had been keen on Instock, you’ll most certainly love LEFT as effectively! In actual fact, their idea supervisor and chef used to work for Instock.

Nonetheless, the Albert Heijn on Amsterdamsestraatweg doesn’t have sufficient leftovers to maintain a complete restaurant. Due to this fact, Konicks works along with A wholesaler of rescued meals, it collects meals from producers, different wholesalers, and packaging corporations. This fashion, virtually every thing served at LEFT goals to work with 70% saved meals.

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