The restaurant opened in 1866 next to the Budapest Zoo, where the restaurant is today. The City Park was becoming more beautiful all the time and the zoo was slowly being developed. Originally, there were plans for an indoor restaurant for visitors to the park and the zoo and finally the predecessor of the building we know today was erected. In the 1800s, the Budapest City Park was one of the most popular places for recreation and walking for a broad range of social classes. And naturally the hustle and bustle involved eating and drinking too. The first hospitality business here was started in 1810 by Leopold Grossinger, who was licensed to sell wine and there were tenant business people too, the first being Klemensz, followed by others whose names have now been forgotten. Next came Wampetics and Gundel, marking the upswing of Hungarian hospitality in the Budapest City Park.