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Elsa’s looks like a small, insignificant shop in 13de Straat, Menlopark. It is barely visible compared to the surrounding shops. On the verandah you find woven grass chairs, umbrellas and plants. When you enter the shop, you experience something completely unexpected. It is warm and cosy with tasteful décor and tables laid with freshly baked delicacies.

Elsa’s kitchen has been around for 52 years and is well known beyond the borders of Pretoria East where it is situated.

It is told that Elsa Fourie started baking and selling koeksisters from her home. She baked an enormous amount of koeksisters for Hoërskool Menlopark’s first Inter High athletics mete. The mete was cancelled due to rain. In the process of trying to sell the koeksisters, she landed upon an available shop in 13de Straat in Menlopark, in between the post office and dairy.

The shop was instantly popular amongst young and old. Elsa’s sold koeksisters and doughnuts to schools, café’s and restaurants as well as to the public.

In 1982 Elsa sold the shop to Bill Kukkuk. They expanded the shop by also selling pancakes, samosas and vetkoek. Anne Kukkuk managed the bakery.They provided thousands of koeksisters, doughnuts and vetkoek to Pick ‘n Pay and Hyperama shops from Nelspruit to Fochville.

The shop was sold to Annie Oosthuizen and then to Hannes Strydom (Springbok lock) and his wife Nicolie. They enclosed the verandah at the back of the house and built a patio in front, to enlarge the shop.

After three years the shop was sold to Louwie and Elsie de Beer. They expanded and started a coffee shop which specialized in delicious breakfasts. They also started delivering delicacies such as sweet, savoury and sandwich platters, to schools and churches. The de Beers sold the shop to another Strydom family who sold it to Rock Haywood. All these owners kept delivering to Hyperama shops.

Elsa’s looks like a small, insignificant shop in 13de Straat, Menlopark. It is barely visible compared to the surrounding shops. On the verandah you find woven grass chairs, umbrellas and plants. When you enter the shop, you experience something completely unexpected. It is warm and cosy with tasteful décor and tables laid with freshly baked delicacies.

Elsa’s kitchen has been around for 52 years and is well known beyond the borders of Pretoria East where it is situated.

It is told that Elsa Fourie started baking and selling koeksisters from her home. She baked an enormous amount of koeksisters for Hoërskool Menlopark’s first Inter High athletics mete. The mete was cancelled due to rain. In the process of trying to sell the koeksisters, she landed upon an available shop in 13de Straat in Menlopark, in between the post office and dairy.

The shop was instantly popular amongst young and old. Elsa’s sold koeksisters and doughnuts to schools, café’s and restaurants as well as to the public.

In 1982 Elsa sold the shop to Bill Kukkuk. They expanded the shop by also selling pancakes, samosas and vetkoek. Anne Kukkuk managed the bakery.They provided thousands of koeksisters, doughnuts and vetkoek to Pick ‘n Pay and Hyperama shops from Nelspruit to Fochville.

The shop was sold to Annie Oosthuizen and then to Hannes Strydom (Springbok lock) and his wife Nicolie. They enclosed the verandah at the back of the house and built a patio in front, to enlarge the shop.

After three years the shop was sold to Louwie and Elsie de Beer. They expanded and started a coffee shop which specialized in delicious breakfasts. They also started delivering delicacies such as sweet, savoury and sandwich platters, to schools and churches. The de Beers sold the shop to another Strydom family who sold it to Rock Haywood. All these owners kept delivering to Hyperama shops.



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