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De Dutch Restaurant | Case Study


Edmonton’s Jasper Avenue is Alberta’s first location for the delectable De Dutch Restaurant.  The history of the restaurant begins with John Dys, who packed his bags and left the Netherlands for Canada in 1955. He landed in Vancouver, and opened the first De Dutch. British Columbia now has 23 locations.

Client Need

Commercial construction of this high-end breakfast and lunch restaurant in downtown Edmonton needed a contractor with a specific set of skills.  The chosen building for the restaurant was built in the 70s, and there were unique demolition and remediation requirements.  Also, knowing the building was aged and had sat vacant for more than a decade, the design team was ready for any surprises along the way. The client needed a contractor who could envision the “big picture,” and was willing to step up and sort out inevitable challenges in a cost-effective manner.

Scope of Work

  • KDC transformed an old and empty suite in Edmonton’s Cambridge Building into a high-end restaurant, with a full-service kitchen and dining room.
  • Design and quality expectations were very high for this project, and the client’s personal commitment to the success of this restaurant meant no corners could be cut.


Edmonton customers are lovestruck with their new-found breakfast hangout. KDC accomplished what they set out to do, including exceeding the owner’s expectations.

Client Win

We had challenges due to location of the parkade and the age of building. This suite is the middle suite of the building with an enclosed parkade behind it. We consulted with the condo board and designer to redesign the way the kitchen was exhausted.

KELLERDENALI was able to share experiences and give reference to building codes and construction methods to have this work completed properly.

De Dutch was extremely happy and thankful that we were able to help them out with this challenge and still give them the product they desired.