One of the busiest units of the McDonald's restaurant chain in Hungary closed its doors on Tuesday evening and, according to plans, will not be open for about half a year. Hundreds of thousands of guests visit the Nyugati tér unit annually.
There are currently 111 operating restaurants in the Hungarian McDonald's network.
Zsolt Égi, Managing Director of Progress Restaurant Network Kft., noted in the announcement that they announced the Hungarian Growth Strategy in 2019, within which they started the dynamic development of the network.
The strategy consists of two main components: opening new restaurants and renovating existing restaurants within the “Future Experience” concept. This last element of the strategy is completed by the complete renovation of one of the most important units in their network.
According to publicly available company data, net sales of Progress Étteremháros Kft., which operates McDonald's restaurants in Hungary, amounted to 73.57 billion HUF in 2022 and 51.38 billion HUF in 2021. MTI reported that the company closed with a profit of 5.62 billion HUF In 2022, while profits after taxes in the previous year amounted to 6.76 billion Hungarian forints.
If you haven't seen it yet, you can see the closed restaurant in our gallery.
They're also preparing for a new attraction
The restaurant chain wrote in its statement that the listed building will be reconstructed using special interior design elements and natural materials.
The building was built with a mixture of Neo-Renaissance and Neo-Romanticism, which will be preserved even after the transformation. The decorative painting of the interior columns was carried out by a restorer. In terms of the restaurant experience, it is equipped for the 21st century.
The attraction of the restaurant will be the food conveyor belt, which will transport products between the two levels of the kitchen in a unique way.
They added that the so-called conveyor reaches the exhibition level, and through a glass box, guests can follow the journey of the products.
As part of the digital development, the restaurant will also feature touch-screen kiosks and traditional cash registers. Guests will have the option to place their orders these ways or through the mobile app, and even order directly at their table.
(Cover image: Zsófi Szollár / Index)