After the Ruszwurm was re-opened in 1960, the work was once again continued in the workshop attached to the confectionery. The 1st and 12th District Catering Company supplied the raw materials for cakes upon a settlement of accounts. The shop had good professionals who came from the Catering Company, but they never reached the former quality level.
Unfortunately it also happened at times that no confectioners were available, or at night the confectionery work was done by people who had a daytime job elsewhere. It is easy to imagine what cakes were baked by these tired and exhausted people. Five waiters served at Ruszwurm in red shirts. Surely enough, the indignation was great.
Given this precedence, István Lukács, who studied the job and worked for Gerbaud earlier, came to work for Ruszwurm. He was the master who started to prepare the Ruszwurm cream pastry after Ferenc Tóth. His predecessors could also have done it because – upon the nationalisation – Mr Tóth was forced to hand over the calculation book, which would have enabled any confectioner to prepare all the cakes, including the traditional Ruszwurm cream pastry, but they failed to make any effort. This cream pastry requires more attention, and it has to be freshly made according to the consumption in the shop. However, this is the way it is done now, and hopefully this will stay the approved way, which is guaranteed by the expertise of the current management and the two talented assistants.
Despite the stormy periods of time, long-established institutions are still able to revive at times. Fortunately this is also true of the Ruszwurm confectionery, as it is a popular place with many of us, and perhaps it was popular even with our grandmothers. We used to hear on the radio, sometimes even today, the pleasant baritone voice of the former actor Andor Ajtay singing “…it is nice to have a rendezvous in the evening at Ruszwurm”, when “… the wind settles among the trees.” Well, the wind has not revived, but Ruszwurm did.
In 1990, which was the first year of the change of the political system, the spontaneous privatisation process developed rapidly. The Ruszwurm was taken over by a foreign owner and its fate became uncertain. Thereupon the place was leased by the sons and grandchildren of Mátyás Szamos, who gave name to the brand “Szamos Marzipan”, and later they purchased the shop in 1994. Currently, the Ruszwurm is run by Mikós as well as by his daughters, Lídia and Annabella, and the chief confectioners are masters Szabolcs Ács and József Juhász.
In 1999, Mátyás Szamos, the founder of the confectioner dynasty, was awarded the Small Cross Order of the Republic of Hungary. The top Hungarian state administration gave the following reasons for the award: “In appreciation of the development and the cultivation of the best traditions of the Hungarian confectionery industry, and of his successful private entrepreneurial activities.”
(Mrs József Hazai nee Ilona Tóth: “The history of the Ruszwurm”, 2000)