Early in December 2004, the owners, Niël and Laurika du Bois, arrived with Brolloks, a Chev lorry from the early 1950’s, stacked with rough building materials, fishing nets and ropes, at Mossel Bay – to give their free spirit free reigns and to establishing a seafood restaurant on a beach somewhere.
After decades as journalists and in the corporate world, and after 20 years, the two accidently ran into each a year earlier, they decided that this time they will follow their dream – come hell or high water!
With the blessing from Above (and thanks to the unexpected support from a municipal official or two), the first De Vette Mossel was erected, the doors opened and …..the first guests arrived, and arrived….and arrived…..
Thanks to the continuous support by our newly found Mossel friends, De Vette Mossel grew and grew. For Niël and Laurika De Vette Mossel is still like a vacation – bare feet along one of South Africa’s most beautiful beaches, the get together with old Mossel friends and the making of new ones – every day!
But De Vette Mossel does not only exists of Niël and Laurika – the dozen or so chefs, cleaners and kitchen staff is a story in its own right. Only jobless people were employed, trained and today they form an integral part of De Vette Mossel. Without them, De Vette Mossel is not possible – they therefore also share in the fruits of success.