Poland’s fourth Vapiano in Lodz
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There are currently a total of 175 Vapiano restaurants all over the world and the latest has just opened in Lodz’s “Sukcesja” mall. It’s the first Vapiano in Poland outside the country’s capital Warsaw. A total of 180 seats are spread over a 550 m² area with 40 more available on the sprawling terrace outside. Today Paulina Lazowska, Head of Operations in Poland, talks to us about what else Lodz has to offer.
Hello Paulina! Poland’s fourth Vapiano has just opened in Lodz. What’s the secret of your success?
It’s simple. We refuse to compromise. Poland is an aspiring country and its people have a sophisticated palette when it comes to food. But they still want to feel relaxed when dining out. And this is exactly the experience Vapiano offers.
Lodz’s Vapiano has a contemporary loft-style design. What was the inspiration behind it?
Although Lodz used to be a textile hub within the Russian Empire, today it’s a melting pot of creative thinkers, film makers and designers. We wanted the location to reflect that. Despite its modern architecture, the “Sukcesja” shopping mall also references the city’s factory past. It’s a successful fusion and one that’s highly popular with the people of Lodz.
How would you describe Lodz to someone who’s never been there?
People always underestimate Lodz! As the heart of the textile industry in the 19th century, Lodz was one of Poland’s richest and most diverse cities. And you can still see that today. Former factories and worker quarters are tucked between magnificent old villas. Lodz was and still is a cultural melting pot. Whereas Poles, Germans and Jews once all lived side by side, now the city’s film school attracts international students from around the world. If you want to skip the tourist trail, Lodz is the city for you.
What do you like best about Lodz?
It’s so different to every other city I know. There’s always something new to discover, a new pub, a new bar. Sometimes it feels like as though Lodz is awakening from a deep sleep. It’s an exciting time. Despite the building boom and the expansion, people here are still chilled out so it’s a very relaxed pace of life.
What are your plans for Lodz’s Vapiano and the rest of Poland?
If things go well in Lodz, we’ll be looking at opening restaurants in other major Polish cities. Gdansk and its huge Baltic port in the north is at the top of our list, closely followed by Wroclaw, the biggest city in the west of Poland.
Thanks for chatting to us today Paulina. All the best for the new Vapiano in Lodz!
Five facts about Lodz:
We’ve collected five interesting facts about Lodz for the globetrotters among you.
1. How do you pronounce it?
In English we say “lods” but in Polish it’s actually pronounced “woodge”.
2. Who is Theo...
...and what does he have to do with Lodz? We literally have no idea. But in 1974, Greek singer Vicky Leandros released the song “Theo, wir fahr’n nach Lodz!” which means “Theo, let’s go to Lodz!” It was a number one hit in Germany.
3. Time for a splash?
Lodz means “ship” and the city shield even features a small wooden boat. But if you’re looking for rivers and lakes around Lodz, you’re out of luck. The 18 rivers and streams that flow through the city are all underground. The closest lake is Jeziorsko, which is over 70 km away, and the Vistula is the nearest river, some 150 km away.
With most Polish movies being shot here Lodz is the equivalent to Britain’s Pinewood studios. The city is also especially proud of its many bars and pubs that line the main streets or are tucked away in hidden courtyards. Lodz is rumoured to have the highest density of watering holes in Europe!
5. Make-up made in Lodz
Max Factor, founder of the cosmetic giant, was born in Lodz in 1872 as Maksymilian Faktorowicz, before emigrating to the US with his family at the turn of the century. In 1908 he moved to Los Angeles and began creating stage make-up for the movie industry, including waterproof mascara and lip gloss.