Long-awaited Hog's Breath ready to go in Gladstone CBD
THE long-awaited Hog's Breath Cafe is taking bookings from today after celebrating with an official opening party on Monday night.
Phones have been ringing off the hook with residents keen to try out the new eatery.
Owner Alex Staines said the phone line had been connected at 10am and had not stopped ringing.
The cafe quietly opened for dinner on Tuesday night, and opened for lunch for the first time on Wednesday.
"No-one has had any complaints. I tried to get around to talk to everyone, and they were all happy with the food and service," Mr Staines said.
"Some have been overwhelmed by the decor. It wasn't what they were expecting and they've been blown away."
The cafe will ease into serving the public, with a soft opening meaning there will only be about 80 seats available each night before business eventually ramps up to seat 200.
"We're serving 80 people a night to make sure the experience is as good as it can be," Mr Staines said.
"We also want to make sure we look after our brand new team and let them find their feet."
As part of easing into service, the cafe's signature prime rib is not being offered at lunchtime at this stage.
"We're only doing it at dinner because we want to make sure we get it absolutely spot on," Mr Staines said.
"We don't want to compromise on our signature dish."
The Gladstone cafe features local memorabilia, including the old Gladstone Civic Cinema sign.
It also has a wall replicating the famous Love Lock Bridge in Paris.
Local couples and families can bring a padlock with them, engrave their names on it and attach it to the wall, where it will remain for every time they dine at the cafe.
Hog's Breath will be be open seven days from 11.30am to 2.30pm for lunch and from 5.30pm until late for dinner.
It will be closed between 2.30-5pm to give staff the chance to catch their breath and get ready for dinner service.
The cafe will be open throughout Easter.