Hog’s Breath Cafe reaches 35-year milestone

Hog's Breath anniversary
Classic Aussie fare at the Hog’s Breath Cafe. (Source: Supplied)

Australia’s Hog’s Breath Cafe chain is celebrating a milestone anniversary, 35 years after launching its first restaurant at Airlie Beach.

The second venue opened up in Mooloolaba, marking the beginning of a series of family-owned and operated establishments around Australia.

Today the chain has 26 restaurants across the country, serving up its signature slow-cooked prime rib and fries.

However it’s not all been smooth sailing for the chain. There was a spate of store closures in 2019 and a stalled class action in 2022.

HBC Management bought the Hogs Breath Café franchise system from HBCA in October 2020, and is now wholly owned by original Hog’s Breath Cafe owners Don Algie and Ginger White. 

Hog’s Breath Cafe CEO, Steve Spurgin, took on the top job in 2020. He said the chain has remained resilient over the decades.

“These restaurants have always been more than just a place to grab a bite to eat. They’re a hub for bringing people together and a go-to spot for celebrating special occasions and creating lasting memories,” he said.

And among the Hog’s Breath franchise network, several are celebrating a substantial anniversary. Cafes at Nelson Bay (32 years), Port Macquarie and Rockhampton (31), Toowoomba (30), Hobart (29), Townsville (27), Wagga Wagga and St Marys (25).

Special promotions, events, and exclusive offers will be available at all restaurants as part of the celebrations.