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Premium restaurant and canteen to be opened in H2Offices

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Restaurant service provider Kantin is the first tenant announced at Skanska's latest office development project H2Offices.

According to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal, the 1,200 sqm catering establishment will be characterized by a diverse menu, pleasant atmosphere, and unique design.

The essence of Kantin's concept is to offer restaurant-quality dishes from high standard ingredients, so that everybody would find a suitable solution, whether for an important business lunch, or just a simple, quick meal during lunch break.

A wide range of healthy dishes, such as vegetarian and vegan plates will be available as well. Next to the restaurant, there will be a traditional Greek taverna with à la carte offer, under the supervision of a Greek-Hungarian chef, which will also operate beyond the offices’ operational hours. In addition, the restaurant operators in partnership with a specialty coffee operator, will open a coffee shop for those who would just like to have a cup of coffee, juice, or some pastries.

Amarilla Cseke, leasing and asset manager of Skanska’s commercial development business unit in Hungary, said, "We are very pleased that Kantin is our first tenant, as their approach and principles of operation are very much in line with ours. Providing high quality and multiple healthy food options for the people working in H2Offices is an important aspect, and now we made a big step towards this goal. I'm sure that it will also be an added value for further tenants that such high-quality dining facilities are available in our office building."

The development of the first phase of H2Offices complex started in August 2020 on the former plot of Budapest Waterworks, the architectural design concept was created by the Danish Arrow Architects.

Attila Hegyi, one of the owners of the Kantin restaurant network, notes. "Our restaurants await our guests with high quality, the best possible ingredients and attractive design. Simply said – we are offering bistro-style dining in the context of an office canteen. When we got introduced to the H2Offices building, we immediately fell in love with the design and the location of the building. We highly appreciated the teamwork and the commitment of the local team of Skanska to make this deal happen. It is rare to see a developer, who understands that a hospitality venue in an office environment needs a different approach from the owners, and we found our match here with Skanska and look forward to this venture."

The owners of Kantin were supported in decision-making by real estate advisors VLK Cresa.

"The quality of offices and the wide range of services available in a building became very important tools in both recruitment and retention. New generations of employees are consciously considering, among other factors, what kind of dining options are available in the building and in the surroundings. High-quality restaurants as Kantin are more and more popular and it is essential that this area is also given special attention when leasing office premises. We are proud to exclusively represent the Kantin brand in the Budapest market, as we truly believe their concept is unique, different and represents great value for owners and developers. We wish both Skanska and the Kantin team a successful co-operation going forward" said György Losonci, retail expert at VLK Cresa.

The H2Offices complex will offer a total of 67,000 sqm of leasable area. The first building will have eight levels above the ground floor as well as three underground parking levels. The general design works are carried out by Studio IN-EX, and the landscape design is created by Lépték-Terv.

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