SSP opens dazzling array of category-leading outlets at Budapest as part of major new development project

SSP News Release 11-April-2011

SSP has opened an impressive collection of new cafés and restaurants at Budapest Ferihegy Airport’s Sky Court. The company is investing  a significant 2.8 million euros in this key project, which will result in the creation of 180 jobs.

 The brands which feature include the legendary restaurant Gundel, internationally renowned casual dining concept Hippopotamus, Asian brand Yum Cha, the Greek Kouzina, Italian concept Negroni , SSP’s  core bakery brand Upper Crust, famed throughout the travel retail business as an outstanding commercial performer, a stylish bespoke-designed café called Neo and international favourite Burger King.

 Bringing the glorious authentic flavours of Hungary to the airport, the illustrious Gundel is among Hungary’s most famous restaurants. It serves a tempting traditional Hungarian dishes, including local delicacies such as Mangaliza pork charcuterie and the renowned Gundel chocolate cake, which is also available in gift boxes. The offer has been tailored to meet the demands of the airport environment, and a new menu has been specially created.

 The history of the iconic restaurant dates back to 1910, when Karoly Gundel took over the lease of a restaurant at Budapest’s City Park. Today that restaurant is renowned as one of the city’s finest, having received a plethora of awards and accolades – most recently the coveted Time Out award for the city’s best Sunday Lunch and a recommendation in the 2010 Michelin Guide. A ‘must-see’ for visitors to the city, Gundel lists royalty and presidents among its distinguished former guests.

 Hippopotamus is recognised internationally for serving good food in relaxed surroundings, and the new Budapest outlet forms an eye-catching feature in this chic new terminal building. Inspired by the casual dining of America, Hippopotamus made its first appearance in Paris in 1968, and since that time the brand has gone from strength to strength. Specialising in the finest grilled steaks, Hippo also serves a range of delicious salads, fish and chicken.

 A food court offers customers a further selection of category-leading brands to cater for all tastes. The menu at Yum Cha includes a number of Asian favourites, including sweet and sour chicken, stir fried beef with oyster sauce, duck teriyaki alongside sushi, maki, noodles and rice, all freshly prepared at the counter. Lovers of Greek food are well served by Kouzina, which offers generous portions of home-made Greek cuisine. The Mediterranean theme continues at Italian restaurant Negroni, where visitors will find pizza, stromboli, or a choice of pastas freshly prepared at the counter. In addition, an Upper Crust will offer a selection of freshly prepared baguettes.

 These restaurants are complemented by a Burger King, and a Neo cafe, which serves freshly prepared sandwiches, salads, desserts and a wide range of hot and cold drinks.

 Commenting on the new outlets Alan Bork, Consumer Director of Budapest Airport said; ‘The development by SSP provides a great mix of offers that will appeal to a broad range of customers from families to business travellers. A commercially strong offer, it includes an impressive line-up of international big brands as well as offers that allow our visitors to enjoy a real flavour of Hungary.’

 SSP’s Christos Orthodoxou who heads the company’s Hungarian operation said that the new venture would offer considerable scope for development.‘Passenger numbers at Budapest Ferihegy are expected to increase by up to 40% within the next three years. As the gateway to Hungary, the food and beverage at the airport will showcase the finest foods of the region, and meet the needs of all travellers, whether they want a snack to grab and go, or a full three-course meal. The new development already looks great, and we are confident that this new business will be very successful.’

 The company will also be opening a number of new outlets in the second phase of the development, scheduled to open later this year.


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