Monday, December 20, 2010

SUZY'S - A coffee house history

Suzy van der Kwast immigrated to New Zealand from the Netherlands in the 1960s, and opened Suzy's Coffee Lounge in Wellington in 1964. Her fascinating story is told in Suzy: a Coffee House History by Susette Goldsmith - $35 - (Quill).  It is also a lively social history looking at Wellington's earliest coffee bars incvluding The French Maid, the Espresso Coffee bar, and Roy Parson's bookshop cafe.

About the author:
Susette Goldsmith (pic left - photo Joseph Romanos) is a Taranaki-based writer, editor and journalist and she has delivered a book for all coffee lovers and those interested in it's history.
I lived in Wellington as a young man in the 60's and remember well Suzy's and the stir it caused when it opened after strenuous opposition from the Wellington City Council. I also remember the Anne Barri shoe shop and associated coffee bar that was just a few doors away from Suzy's in Willis Street. What a novelty those places were at the time. Just across the road from them was the Zodiac, Wellington's first licenced restaurant. Happy memories for this bookman from a distant past!

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