FOSTA FABRICĂ – the consolidation and conversion project of the former Grivița brewery, in fact the Luther factory founded in 1869 – signed a partnership with KANÉ GROUP for the development of hospitality functions on the ground floor of the ORZĂRIE building, one of the four monuments undergoing a full process of restoration, consolidation and conversion. The ground floor of ORZĂRIE will include restaurant, brewery and café spaces.
“The future belongs to brave projects that revive parts of the city which are currently unknown. The partnership with Fosta Fabrică was born from the desire to find a location with a strong personality, ideally a heritage space, to prove once again that the past revived in a contemporary setting can become valuable”, said Răzvan Crișan, co-founder KANÉ GROUP. “The character of the space, the vision and the desire to be involved in the architectural and logistical development stages, which will be the responsibility of the developer, as well as the idea of reviving the tradition of a true brewery determined us to include ORZĂRIA in our long-term development plan”, added Răzvan Crișan.
According to the partnership, FOSTA FABRICĂ will finance the development and interior designs of the spaces where the restaurant with brewery and café managed by KANE GROUP will operate. Thus, the FOSTA FABRICĂ developer will invest in the entire range of equipments, installations, custom-made brewing systems and architectural designs necessary for the operation of the respective spaces, made in accordance with the requirements of KANÉ GROUP.
“FOSTA FABRICĂ will truly begin when the construction works are finished”, said Mindaugas Valuckas, founder FOSTA FABRICĂ. “The majority of the buildings will remain in our property and we will develop one of the largest local entrepreneurial communities in the field of hospitality. Even though this segment has now been severely affected in the context of the restrictions put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we believe that it is well worth investing in the future of an industry with a major role in the community’s life”, underlined Valuckas.
ORZĂRIA is a former silo located inside the former Luther brewery, with Art Deco architecture. The consolidation of the building raised significant design challenges and ORZĂRIA entered a re-authorization process, after the team of structural engineers led by Prof. Dr. Eng. Paul Ioan and the team of architects coordinated by architect Bogdan Babici have identified a new technical solution more beneficial for the preservation of the character of ORZĂRIE.
The investment in FOSTA FABRICĂ exceeds 40 million euros. The development is located in the immediate vicinity of the Basarab metro station, the Basarab passage and Gara de Nord railway station and is the largest consolidation and conversion of monuments carried out by a private investor in Bucharest today. Upon completion, estimated in 2022, FOSTA FABRICĂ will include a brewery, restaurants, café, bakery, food court, farmer’s market, beauty salon, vocational and professional training programs, museum elements about Luther’s history, cultural and event spaces, playgrounds for children, co-working, office spaces, the first lofts in Romania, new apartments and public spaces.
FOSTA FABRICĂ also includes a significant landscaping and green spaces project. It will also benefit from complex security systems, but will not include fences, so that common areas can truly be called public spaces.