Daymian, 24, has a dream come true of his own restaurant

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Pipa’s Italian Restaurant in Hengelo opens Sunday, January 8th

Written by Luke Stamm

HENGELO – He’s only 24 years old, but that doesn’t stop Zelheimer Daymian Boenink from kicking off 2023 by opening his own Italian restaurant on Bleekstraat in Hengelo. The new catering venture is named Pipa, which stands for pizza and pasta. “I wanted a short name that sounded good,” Boynink explains. “Like: Let’s go to Peppa’s, and get a pizza.” Or: “Have a nice dinner at Peppa’s tonight.”

Doors here will open for the first time on Sunday, January 8, between 3 and 6 p.m. Interested parties and future guests can pop in here to get acquainted. From the following week, Pipa’s will be open from Wednesday to Sunday. In addition to the takeaway facility, an attractive restaurant area of ​​about thirty seats has been set up, with a view of the open kitchen and bar, with Italian beers.

Wow factor
Kapadokya pizzeria and shawarma used to be located in the building next door to Jansen & Jansen Restaurant. “The ovens were still there, and I could just insert the plugs into them and get started,” says Boenink. “But I didn’t want to. I wanted to make it my thing, to create a real Italian atmosphere. And it provided the wow factor, which is that people are wowed when they first walk in here.”

There have been a lot of renovations here in recent months. The former counter was demolished, the walls were treated and painted a dark yellow-green, and a new oak floor was laid. The furniture is new and elegant and a lot of attention has been given to the decoration, from the bamboo lamps to the potted plants and candles on the table. Boenink has received a lot of help from family and friends. “My parents fully support me, and my girlfriend does a lot in the background,” he says. “I couldn’t do it without them.”

Bread pizza
Yet the great motivation comes from itself. The restaurant’s new owner, who talks about his plans with great enthusiasm, actually worked in the hospitality industry as a teenager. In a restaurant in Zelhem, he learned the art of baking pizza from Italian chefs. Things went so well that at one point he was put in charge of the kitchen. “I’m really a hands-on person, picking things up really quickly,” says Boenink. “Entrepreneurship has been in it since I was young. I have always loved preparing food, including for friends and family. The fact that people enjoy something I make, and that they love it, gives me so much energy.”

However, De Zelhemmer did not work in the catering industry last year, but as a manager in a supermarket in Vordense. “It was fun and I learned a lot, but it wasn’t something I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” he says. “Now this has come my way. Here I can pursue my passion. It no longer feels like work. Yes, this renovation takes a lot of energy, but you’re building your own thing. And if your brother says, ‘Damien, this is your thing really.’ Then I think: Yes, that’s true too. It’s a dream come true.”

Giorno Giorno
The menu here will soon include pizza, pasta, and some meat and fish dishes. His favorite pizza Giorno Giorno is a reference to his first name. “In my environment, almost everyone calls me ‘today’ or ‘today,’ which is the short version of daimian,” says Boenink. “So ‘Giorno Giorno’ is in Italian. My pizza contains mozzarella, mushrooms, salami and sun-dried tomatoes. Then you taste something fatty and spicy from salami with the sweet edge of sun-dried tomatoes, I really like that. I hope people too. Although everyone has a different taste. There is a lot to differ.”

The staff team is now nearing completion. The new businessman is just looking for people to serve. “Boys and girls who also enjoy chatting with guests are preferred, because fun will be very important here,” says de Zellheimer, who recently tested for family and friends. “That was really cool. I’m looking forward to the moment when the doors actually open and the first guests arrive. That will be a great feeling, I can’t wait.”

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