The investment-company The Roosevelt Group B.V. from Amsterdam brings experience back into De Mug. Chef van Eijk will be in charge of De Mug! In the previous years he has gained a lot of experience at restaurant Rosso in Rotterdam.
In 2005 De Mug was named the best bar of the Netherlands by Misset Horeca. Misset Horeca: ‘De Mug in Middelburg has come first place at the bar Top 100 and can call itself the bar of ‘Bar of the Year’. Last year the bar came in at the 9th place. The second edition of the list of best bars was published in the trade magazine Misset Horeca. A jury, consisting of 17 industry professionals, has visited over five hundred bars throughout the Netherlands. The premises have been judged based on hospitality, atmosphere, quality of drinks, hygiene, appearance and clientele. De Mug was the best, because according to the jury it’s a ‘special’ bar with a very diverse clientele’. Barend Midavaine, who’s the owner of the bar for over thirty years is called ‘the prototype of hospitality within the bar-business’. In addition to that the jury is also full of praise about the staff: ‘the staff is correct, friendly, fast, full of care and professional’. ‘It’s a very big deal’, reacted Midavaine, still blown away by winning first prize, ‘It’s really the crowning for my work. I’m gonna buy some new shoes in a bit so I can keep standing on the floor properly’ he said very proudly. His bar was often visited by known Dutch people like Paul van Vliet, Youp van ‘t Hek and the members of the pop-group BLØF.