This early 20th century building on the other side gave home to the first McDonald’s restaurant behind the iron curtain.
This was the first Western-type fast food restaurant opened in Hungary on the 29th of April 1988 at 9am, but early birds started to queue from 6am.
- Above the main gate an old sign says “Vas-udvar”.
This huge warehouse was built by a metal retailer Leo Schoppe in 1878. This is a great indicator how underdeveloped old Pest was in that time.
The atrium of the new commercial and hotel accurately preserves the measures of the metal courtyards glass hall.
Although the panorama of the Danube can only be enjoyed from the 9th and 10th floor the hotel in this complex is a one of its kind accommodation.
It is a mixture of a boarding house and a luxurious hotel in the middle of the city. Business men targeted by this idea, who would stay 3 to 24 weeks in the city.
Every apartment has a fully equipped kitchen. The hotel manager invites every guest for a casual cocktail party from time to time.
- Even though this street hides a lot of beautiful houses, it got famous because of the McDonald’s on the corer.
The first McDonald’s was opened here on the 29th of April 1988.
This was the first Western type fast food place opened in Hungary.
The restaurant opened at 9am but early birds started to queue from 6am. Locals were queuing for hamburgers just like they did for bananas a few years back.
The queue was more than 100 meters long the end of the line was at Fontana department store (today C&A).
On the very first day people could choose from only 15 different products but the short menu did not scare people away.
13 out of the original 15 products are still on the menu, but of course the prices went up during the past more than 20 yrs.
Back in the 80s a Big Mac was 43HUF, a double cheeseburger 42HUF double hamburger was 38HUF. Shakes and big fries were both for 25 HUF.
During the first 14 hrs long shift 10 lucky customers could get its hamburger in every single minute from the 150 foreign employees who came to Hungary to train the local staff.
7 of the original Hungarian crew still work for the American franchise.
This moment was so important in Hungary that even the Governments newspaper – Magyar Hirlap – wrote about it on the front page.