New Restaurant Exclusively Employing People With Disabilities Opens In Budapest

  • 13 Jun 2019 10:14 AM
  • Hungary Matters
New Restaurant Exclusively Employing People With Disabilities Opens In Budapest
A restaurant exclusively employing people with disabilities opened in Budapest’s 12th district local council building.

The restaurant run by the Kék Madár Foundation is the Budapest branch of a team which already operates a similar establishment in the southern Hungarian city of Szekszárd.

Kék Madar Foundation managing director Andrea Mészáros said all the staff in their restaurants, except the management, are people with disabilities and the dishes are made from locally produced ingredients. Each staff member is offered a position that best suits his or her capabilities, she added.

District Mayor Zoltán Pokorni told the opening event of the restaurant named Hegyvidéki Ízlelő that the district promoted openness and inclusivity and this is why he had supported the opening of the restaurant in the council building.

Human resources ministry state secretary for social affairs Attila Fülöp said it was very important that people with disabilities should be given the chance to live a full life, and the state’s aim was to expand work opportunities for them.

Starting from this year, the government has made the employment of people with disabilities exempt from labour-related taxes up to twice the minimum wage, he added.

Erste Bank President-CEO Radovan Jelasity told the event that the bank was set up 200 years ago with the aim of helping the poor and people with disadvantages. After having looked for ways to help the initiative for a long time, he said he was glad that Erste could get involved in “giving people a chance” under the arrangements of “social banking”.

The opening event was also attended by First Lady Anita Herczegh.

MTI Photo: Bruzák Noémi

  • How does this content make you feel?

XpatLoop Media Partner

Hungary Matters

Launched in January 2014, this twice-daily newsletter covers 'everything you need to know about what’s going on in Hungary and beyond', according to its publisher the state media agency MTI. Click the title above for more info, and to subscribe.

Explore More Reports

  • Discover Local Delights In Budapest’s 8th District

    Discover Local Delights In Budapest’s 8th District

    • 11 Oct 2019 9:04 AM

    While Budapest’s heart can undoubtedly be found in the VII district – known for the ruin bars, trendy eateries and overall energetic atmosphere – those seeking Budapest’s soul need to travel out a little and escape the cloud of gentrification present in the centre of the city.

  • 'National Restaurant Week', 7 – 13 October

    'National Restaurant Week', 7 – 13 October

    • 24 Sep 2019 10:47 AM

    In many top restaurants in Budapest and in the countryside of Hungary a 3-course exclusive menu is available in the week from 7th until 13th October, for a uniform-fixed price.

  • Budafok Cellar Trip, 5 October

    Budafok Cellar Trip, 5 October

    • 23 Sep 2019 9:09 AM

    On the first Saturday of every month Budafok Cellar Trip offers you stroll to see a unique presentation of wine cellars and viniculture. Wine tasting, exhibitions and pop music programs!