The Petrus restaurant in Ferencváros declared that it is closing permanently. The responsible chef, Zoltán Feke, has posted on Facebook announcing the closure.
The popular Petrus restaurant is a special French- influenced restaurant located in the ninth district. It offered excellent quality foods at a lower price for guests, which is why it has received a Michelin Bib Gourmand nomination no less than eight times. Zoltán Feke didn’t explain the reasons behind the closing; however, he highlighted that the decision was extremely hard to make.
One possible reason could be the decreased tourism this year, even though that could only be felt mostly in the holiday destinations. As such, the Lake Balaton region didn’t have a strong start to the summer season. In contrast, Budapest didn’t flounder, the restaurants are doing well, as long as they are located near tourist attractions. Now, the main income for most is from tourists, as many Hungarians have decided to cut back on expenses due to inflation. You can read more about the restaurant industry’s crisis HERE.
In the case of the Petrus closing, it’s not impossible that one of the contributing factors was the lack of tourists. The restaurant will close its doors for the last time in the middle of November, according to Blikk. Zoltán Feke also added that he’s not quitting the culinary scene. He wrote, “There will be a continuation, elsewhere, a bit differently, but the French line is eternal!”
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