Children love bags of colorful things from the kiosk at the Bönninghardt forest playground

Boenninghardt forest playground
Cake is found in the pump room

Brigitte Kellerbach, who is trained as a baker, took over the forest booth at the playground in Bönninghardt six years ago. Children let her fill their bags with colorful things, adults praise the cakes they have baked themselves. We know the favorite.

“A piece of cake of less than 300 grams is a biscuit” is written on a small plate on the dark brown painted wooden facade of the forest cabin on the large playground, which has made Bönninghardt known throughout the region. “The families come to us from the Krefeld area, even from Holland,” says Brigitte Kellerbach, “and from the entire Ruhr area.” And Revier has now refined the kiosk that she has run for six years. RVR-Ruhr-Tourism lists it in the 50 best drinking halls in the pot. An honor, says Kellerbach, who hardly expected a chance when, at the suggestion of her colleague Andrea Bowski, she asked to be included in the famous circle of members of the “intangible cultural heritage” and thus for a “bag of colorful things” on “Pump Room Day”. had announced. The little surprise bag will be opened at Hei on Saturday from

The Waldbüdchen is of course not a drinking hall in the true sense, although it is officially a kiosk with window sales. But what makes the place away from Revier so attractive are the cakes that Brigitte Kellerbach (59) bakes by hand. The trained baker, who only worked as a journeyman for a year and then shipped car parts all over the world for many years, always dreamed of selling cakes that she made herself.

Her dream came true when the Association for the Promotion of Nature Conservation and Customs knocked on the door six years ago and asked if she would like to take over the small stall at the forest playground that Monika Wache had previously run for two decades. Kellerbach saw his chance and immediately accepted. Together with her husband Rüdiger, a former miner, she renovated the wooden house from scratch, installed a brand new kitchen and created an inviting outdoor restaurant on the terrace under the roof.

    Rüdiger Kellerbach, a former miner, supports his wife Brigitte at the kiosk in the forest playground as

Rüdiger Kellerbach, a former miner, supports his wife Brigitte at the kiosk in the forest playground as “the man in the background”.
Photo: Armin Fischer (arfi)

The 59-year-old remembers well the day of the official inauguration. “It was raining cats and dogs.” It was a long day. After the inauguration in the morning, the silver wedding was celebrated in the evening. And from then on the kiosk stood in the shady grove on the sunny side. “I have the best job in the world,” says Brigitte Kellerbach. Your cake creations are legendary. “On Sundays and public holidays, she supplies the whole of Bönninghardt with her baking skills,” says mayor Herbert Oymann enthusiastically: “Her cappuccino cake, a poem.” Up to ten cakes are served on a good Sunday.

Adults without children or grandchildren also come to the forest playground to enjoy coffee and cake at the half dozen round tables with comfortable wicker chairs. Only the one from the bakery, of course. There is an iron rule on the terrace: “It is not allowed to bring food or drinks to the tables,” it says printed under the transparent tablecloth.

“There are even two tables of regulars,” says the bakery kiosk operator with pride. The “group of pensioners” comes every other day, the ladies from the kindergarten “always on Wednesdays” when the children are in sight. Coffee and cake are the most important things on the table. Cyclists in particular who take a break here in the forest treat themselves to a bottle of beer.

In order to always have enough supplies, Brigitte Kellerbach stands in the bakery when the kiosk is closed, where she conjures up her sweet creations with professional equipment that she inherited from her old master. “Thermomix is ​​a toy,” exclaims the professional at the oven who works a ten-hour day. Not even on Monday, when the kiosk is closed, is there any rest. Only in winter – from November to March – is the Büdchen closed. Then there is time to relax, and during the two weeks of vacation that Brigitte Kellerbach is now enjoying with her husband Rüdiger after the end of the summer holidays: “So not much happens here on the playground.”

But afterwards, she is happy to be standing in the window again, behind the saliva protection window from the Corona days, which she still doesn’t want to do without. In front of them are the children, politely lining up to get a bag of colorful things for one euro or 50 øre. Brigitte Kellerbach has just filled the cans with the temptations. She has a heart for children who, she has observed, are well-behaved and much more disciplined than some impatient grandmothers who “just push on.”

Parents depend on the “mother of the nation,” as Brigitte Kellerbach, always in a good mood, calls herself. They call to see if their loads have arrived safely. Her handful of boys, whom she’s known since they were little and who still come to play soccer as teenagers and say goodbye when they leave, have taken a particular liking to her.

Older people also appreciate the location, which also has a spacious sanitary facility as a unique selling point for a playground. Class reunions, neighborhood parties and birthdays are celebrated in Büdchen, such as a woman from Bönninghardt who lives in Saarland and always comes home to celebrate her anniversary in September.

“The Büdchen is the social center of the village,” says the mayor. “And a think tank.” Over coffee and a piece of cappuccino cake, the best ideas emerged on how to make Boenninghardt a little more attractive and cultivate a village community. There is no fries barrier. “I don’t have room in the kitchen for that,” says the baker. The mayor calls it an “absolute stroke of luck”. More compliment is not possible.


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