History Cafe 't Mandje 1927-2007 Café' t Mandje was since 1927 the cafe of the legendary Bet van Beeren. She was the eldest daughter of a family with 14 children from De Jordaan. For Bet, herself a lesbian, everyone was equal and her cafe was, at a time when homosexuality was a criminal offense, open to gays, lesbians etc. who could be themselves among the sailors, whores, local residents, actors, painters and intellectuals who also came here . The interior has been filled with all kinds of souvenirs over the course of 80 years: from cut ties to directoires and lots of photos. Café 't Mandje (meaning "little basket") was opened in 1927 by the legendary Bet van Beeren. Eldest daughter of a family of 14, born in 1902 in De Jordaan, lesbian Bet was a pioneer in human rights and she openly welcomed gays, lesbians etc. in times when homosexuality was illegal, to mingle with the sailors, neighbors, artists and intellectuals who also frequented the little bar. Inside still remains the enormous collection of souvenirs: cut-off men's ties, underwear and lots and lots of photos. Bet died in 1967 after running Café 't Mandje for 40 years. Her youngest sister Greet (1923-2007) took over the business, until she had to close because of the enormous drug nuisance in the area, making it impossible to keep the cafe open. Greet kept everything as it was. She vacuumed and aired the café every week and the stove burned during that period: 26 years ... Bet died in 1967 after 40 years of running her famous bar. Her youngest sister Greet (1923-2007) took over until she had to close down due to severe drug problems in the area that made life and running a bar impossible. This was in 1982. Greet kept the place intact. She dusted and vacuumed the bar on a weekly basis and guarded her famous sister's legacy. Waiting for better times. For 26 years .... In 2007 it was 80 years ago that Bet took over the cafe from her uncle Toon. In 2007 it was 40 years ago that Bet died. Greet, now 84, sold the cafe to her cousin Diana. Greet died in August. After extensive renovations, repairs and cleaning, Café 't Mandje was restored to its former glory and reopened on April 29, 2008, to the delight of the gay world, the City of Amsterdam and the neighborhood. In 2007 it was 80 years ago that Bet took over the bar from her uncle Toon.