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by Property Forum | Retail

Hungarian developer Futureal will open the food court of the Etele Plaza shopping centre in Budapest this September. The food court will feature a direct connection to the roof terrace, unique interior design and a wide selection of gastronomy options, including many popular quick-service restaurants, cafés and an open kitchen concept.

The shopping centre’s food court covers almost the entire third floor of the building and will allow over 1,000 people to dine comfortably and safely at any one time. The interior dining area will seat 950, while another 150 seats will be installed on the roof terrace. A direct roof terrace connection will open the space towards nature both literally and atmospherically.

Several well-known restaurant chains have already signed up to open at Etele Plaza during the development phase, so food court guests will be able to choose among popular brands including Buddha Bar, Hummus Bar, Bellozzo, Pizza Me, Zing Burger, Burger King, KFC, teppanyaki Japanese grill, Titiz and a Crépes Factory. Other tenants will include Starbucks, EscoBar & Café, à table! and Sushi Roll Restaurant.

„We are in talks with many other restaurants and are looking forward to seeing brands that would further diversify the gastronomy offering of our shopping centre,” said Márk Balástyai, Project Director of Etele Plaza.

Futureal is developing the dining area and connected public spaces according to its ‘Stay Safe’ initiative, designed to maximize health and safety. One important aspect of the layout is a flexible seating concept where the tables and chairs can be moved freely within the food court. Whenever needed, the adaptable space allows for social distancing, as well as offering options to organize unique events.

The HVAC systems of the shopping centre will include UV sterilizing filters. By using an environmentally friendly technology based on biological filtering, the systems provide almost 100% efficiency in killing viruses and bacteria in seconds, without the use of chemical disinfectants.