About Syr

Welcome to Syr

Over the past few months many newcomers have arrived in the Netherlands, including from Syria. People just like us: with talents, dreams and ambitions. With restaurant Syr the Gys Foundation is starting a project where they can use these talents and further develop their skills, making them feel at home in Utrecht and take part in Dutch society. Refugees with a residence permit will work together with Dutch hospitality colleagues at the restaurant. While visitors are enjoying delicious Syrian dishes with a European twist, a bond will be formed between the different cultures.

A crowdfunded citizen initiative

With over 500 investors, the crowdfunding of Syr has been successful! The restaurant opened its doors on the 25th of June at the Lange Nieuwstraat 71, in Utrecht.

On February 25th 2016, the team started a crowdfunding campaign. Never before so many people invested on the crowdfunding platform CrowdAboutNow in such a short period of time. Within three weeks we reached our goal, and the team could start realizing the restaurant.

We will reimburse the amount of each investment in three years, with a three percent interest rate per year. Depending on the amount invested, investors have received a reward.

Work and education

Syr is a social enterprise aiming to increase refugee participation in the Netherlands by offering them education and career opportunities. That will also occur outside of the restaurant. The profit Syr makes in it’s first year will be donated to the Foundation of Refugee Students UAF and support of the restaurant.

See more at Syr

Restaurant Syr is a place where local and new inhabitants of Utrecht meet and get to know each other. There is an exhibition space and a cultural programme, including presentations, workshops and debates.

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