One of World's Most Beautiful McDonald's Restaurants to Undergo Transformation


A visualization of the Nyugati tér McDonald's unit's planned new interior.

As the final stage of its restaurant transformation program, McDonald's Hungary has decided to close its Nyugati tér unit, repeatedly voted one of the world's most beautiful McDonald's fast food restaurants, for about six months. The listed building will be rebuilt using special interior design elements and natural materials.

The building, located on the main wall shared with the Nyugati Railway Station, an architectural symbol of Budapest, is a historicist building, similar to the railway station, with a mix of neo-renaissance and neo-romanticism. These stylistic elements are still present in the restaurant today and will be retained after the renovation, McDonald's says. But in terms of the dining experience, the restaurant chain is very much looking to bring about the 21st century.

The interior design is based on McDonald's Ray design concept, with unique mirrored glass surfaces, copper-clad fixtures, and a number of special furniture elements that fit the design. All interior design elements will be made of real, natural materials: molded terrazzo flooring, as well as, wood and copper cladding will be used. The decorative painting of the interior pillars will be done by a restorer.

An important element of the redevelopment will be the rearrangement of the current staircase layout of the lobby part of the guest space. The staircase currently descending to the serving counter will be eliminated and this section of the lobby will be raised to the entrance floor level. Guests will be able to access the gallery and mezzanine level via staircases located in the center of the building. 

The restaurant will feature a food conveyor belt that will transfer products between the two levels of the kitchen in a unique way. The so-called transporter will go up to the gallery level, and guests will be able to follow the products' journey through a glass box. As part of the digital upgrade, the restaurant will feature both touch-screen kiosks and traditional cash registers. Diners will be able to place their orders using these methods, or via the MyMeki mobile phone app, and even order directly to their table.

"In 2019, we announced our domestic growth strategy, during which we embarked on a dynamic development of the network. This strategy consists of two main elements: opening new restaurants and renovating existing restaurants in line with the 'Experience of the Future' concept. The latter element of the strategy will be concluded with the complete renovation of one of the most important domestic units of our chain," said Zsolt Égi, managing director of Progress Restaurant Network, which operates McDonald's restaurants in Hungary.


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