Category Archives: Out in Budapest

Cultural and parties

3 girls killed in Budapest disco panic.

The panic incident on Saturday night at the club West Balkan near Nyugati Station resultated in 3 girls dead.

The club had a permission to operate, but only until 22:00 and with a maximum of 300 guests.  Still, according to the Saturday night party’s organizor over 2000 people were in the club when the panic erupted.  The whole incident resulted in people beeing sent out of the club in just their t-shirts.  Several eye-witnesses tell about pushing that started out in the cloak room, where, according to one boy: “Was so full that you didn’t have to keep yourself standing up, as there were people all around, holding you up”.  Many others report about people suddenly tipping over, and with a domino effect taking a huge part of the crowd down, where there were several people on top of each other.  One apparantly affected girl says “It was just so full of people that it tipped over, and then I had to be pulled out by eight people.  I am very grateful for those that helped me”

The clubs owners say that they don’t assume any responsibility, as the location was rented out for a party, and that they were present with their own crew.

According to Hungarian TV station, RTL Klub’s news, the clubs owners had been tricking the local authorities with their license applications by withdrawing them after having submitted them. Then placing their applications at the back of the line and by this they were able to operate freely while the application was in for concideration.

The below videos might give an impression of the panic of the many people trying to exit, as well as the huge crowd wanting to get in:

Pizza Hut out of Hungary?

The first ever Pizza Hut to be opened in Hungary has recently shut its doors.  The business that was located on the corner of Király and Nagykörút  and opened 18 years ago.

Not long ago the chain’s other downtown restaurant in Károly körút was closed.  The company running the chain, Amrest Kft.’s quarterly report tells that the number of restaurants have dropped to two: In Pólu Center and Aréna Plaza.  At the start of this year there were five restaurants.

The food delivery service has also stopped, while it’s still possible to order take away food, it has to be collected at one of the two restaurants.

The very first Pizza Hut opened in 1992 in Hungary.  Besides Budapest, there were restaurants operating in Győr, Pécs, Miskolc and Szeged.  In 2006 a 12 new restaurants were opened in Hungary.  According to the Wikipedia article about it’s Hungarian business at the it’s peak there were 22 restaurants operating throughout the country.   According to Amrest’s 2006 report they started the year of 2006 with 12 restaurants, but since then they have been closing one after the other.

An interesting note might be that the number of KFC restaurants, also operated by Amrest Kft. has grown.