ABOUT US

Curaçao Restaurant Association

About CRA

We believe in protecting the best interests of our members.
We will also represent our members as a unified voice of the industry to the government and to assist our members to prosper in their businesses.

Founded September 2007, our association is for every type of restaurant from mom-and-pops to cafeterias to franchises. Members of the CRA are professional restaurateurs and foodservice operators who provide and serve safe food in a quality manner.

Membership of the Restaurant Association gives you access to specialist industry information, service and support. It also gives you access to a wide range of programs that improve your profitability by saving you money on essential services & supplies and also provides you with the opportunity to network with industry colleagues. It is an ideal forum for discussion & education on matters of industry interest & concern.

Not yet a member for the Restaurant Association of Curacao? In addition to representing, educating and promoting the restaurant industry, the association offers a myriad of other member benefits that provide valuable tools and resources for foodservice operators, educators, suppliers and operators, and more. Join the restaurant association online today and begin to take advantage of the range of benefits we offer.

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Why

Join CRA

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About CRA's

Values

Vision

Our vision is to have a united and healthy hospitality industry in Curacao with international standards.

Statutes

Our statutes are avaible on request for our members and can make this request via email to our director at director@curacaorestaurants.org

Code of Ethics

Members of the CRA are professional restaurateurs and foodservice operators who provide and serve safe food in a quality manner while also providing outstanding customer service.

Our members will:

  • Regard our foodservice industry as an honorable profession;
  • Serve food in accordance with the highest standards of sanitation and in the best interests of their customers;
  • Conduct themselves and their businesses in a professional manner, guided by the highest level of integrity;
  • Strive to improve themselves and their employees in the latest food preparation and service techniques;
  • Recognize their responsibility to participate in activities that contribute to improving their communities;
  • Encourage new generations to pursue food preparation as a professional career through education and training;
  • Represent our foodservice industry, individual restaurants and businesses, their local chapters, and the Curacao Restaurant Association by personally and professionally adhering to the above Code of Ethics;

Goals & Objectives

It is the objective of the association to promote in general the commercial interests of her members, some of it in the largest sense of the words. The association will try to reach this objective, by:

a. providing advice, guidance, instruction, courses and training in the areas of finances, economics, administration, public relation and organization in general and particularly, in the area of restaurant industry.
b. promoting cooperation between the restaurants and the exchange of information, ideas and plans in de area of of restaurant industry.
c. establishing and promoting the rules of conduct in order to avoid unfair competition.
d. developing activities that are directed towards maintaining and increasing the level of service in the restaurant industry in Curaçao in general.
e. making use of all other legally affordable means.

In addition to representing, educating and promoting the restaurant industry, the association offers a myriad of other member benefits that provide valuable tools and resources for foodservice operators, educators, suppliers and more. Membership of the Restaurant Association gives you access to specialist industry information, service and support. It also gives you access to a wide range of programs that improve your profitability by saving you money on essential services & supplies and also provides you with the opportunity to network with industry colleagues. It is an ideal forum for discussion & education on matters of industry interest & concern.

What we achieved

IN 2021

Crisis team Covid-19

Had a say in measures to be taken by the crisis team

Involved with the implementation of the QR-Code

Representation in the team

MEO

We build a strong relationship

Involved with decisions regarding Covid-19

Sparring partner in setup new Horeca permits

Part of the hospitality group with CHATA, CASHA, CTB, CAP, KvK, TUI and KLM

GMN (on-going)

Discussed on a new system of inspection

Implementation of HACCP

Adjust the “GGD-Keuring” according to current situation and HACCP rules

SOAW

Addressing the employee shortage in Horeca

Discuss the possibility to accelerate permit application and permit granting

Ministery of Finance

Discussed about the new OB (ABB) implementation

Aqualectra

Managed to get 3 month payment delay for members during the last lockdown

Workshops & trainings

Manager Leadership Program (6 months)

Fire & Safety workshop (Fire department)

Events

Valentine’s week

Restaurant 10-daagse

VBC

CRA became member of the VBC

CRA was elected president of the VBC

JOINT EFFORTS

MEET OUR TEAM

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Xandra van Hutten

Business Development Manager
With more than 30 years of experience in the Hospitality Industry starting as Hostess, Tourist Guide, Sales Representative, Sales Manager, Sales & Marketing Manager, Event Manager, Operations Manager, Rooms Division Manager to General Manager has been a roller coaster with the best experience ever.
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Tarzeno Circkens

Chairman
With 40 years of experience, Tarzeno is focused on driving results. Characterized by his passion for the industry and backed by his devotion to the island, he seeks to realize a unified platform representative of sustainable solutions for the sector. Co-founder of the CRA in 2007.
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John-Henry Every

Secretary
John-Henry is owner and Managing Director of well known franchise restaurants. Very experienced in the fast food industry and very known for his expertise in the business.
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Irene Ponta da Costa

Treasurer
Irene is marketing director at a known hotel where she is involved not only with the hotel business, but also is involved with the marketing of the restaurant. Co-founder of the CRA in 2007.
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Wouter Michael

Vice-Chairman
Wouter has run large catering projects in the Netherlands for years, and 9 years as general manager of Cabana Beach. Since 2017, Wouter is a co-owner of de Heeren Restaurants Group.
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Danny van Meel

Member
Danny is the owner of two well known restaurants in Punda, Danny is very outgoing, always helpfull and it seems he is always smiling!
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Martin den Dulk

Member
Martin den Dulk is owner of a typical Caribbean restaurant. With over 35 years experience in the industry, he likes to share his expertise and is devoted to make things work inlight of common interest of the island. Co-founder of the CRA (2007) and first president of the board in 2007. In charge of communications.
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Khalid Kemp

Member
Khalid started his journey in the sector by studying Hospitality Management & Tourism at Florida International University. During this period and one year after earning his Bachelors Degree he worked for the Mandarin Oriental Miami in both F&B and Reception. Upon returning to Curacao, he worked with the Curacao Renaissance Resort & Casino for three years holding the title of F&B Director. Following working for this Marriot Franchise, Khalid was recruited to set up Madero Ocean Club at Mambo BLVD. One year later he was ready to take the leap on his own and started Mosa Restaurant in 2016. From 2016 to 2021, Khalid owned, operated and sold several other restaurants, while consulting to others as well. In 2021 Khalid joined CRA in a joint effort with other Board Members to improve its Market Position and bring more value to its members!
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Tony Soliana

Member
Tony Soliana has over 15 years of experience in the F&B industry. After earning his degree in Culinary Arts and starting his own catering business, he discovered his true passion was restaurant management. Today he owns a successful restaurant on the island. Tony joined CRA to do his part in improving the F&B sector in Curaçao.