Long-awaited Hog's Breath Cafe to open in Kirkwood
AN eagerly awaited Hog's Breath Cafe is set to open in Gladstone mid-next year after Gladstone Regional Council today approved stage two of the Kirkwood Woolworths development.
The development includes a further 130 car parks as part of the food retail precinct, in addition to the already established car parks attached to the shopping centre, plus extensions to the current retail footprint.
The local family-owned Hog's Breath franchise will create employment for 60 local job seekers.
Famous for its signature 18 hour slow-cooked prime rib, the restaurant will occupy the largest area of the three food tenancies.
It will provide air-conditioned indoor seating as well as al fresco dining as part of its 250 seat capacity.
The venue will include a fully licenced bar and function facilities.
The local franchise will be owned by Alex Staines.
Mr Staines and wife Sally can't quite believe the heightened level of interest in their family venture.
"We started on this journey more than two years ago after struggling to decide where to celebrate our daughter's 6th birthday," Mr Staines said.
"I turned to Sally and said, 'Gladstone needs a Hog's Breath Cafe', to which she responded, 'Well, don't just sit there, do something about it'.
"I'm sure Sally never believed I'd actually follow through with it, especially when it'd take this long" Mr Staines said with a wry grin.
The venue will proudly display many historic pieces of Gladstone memorabilia, including original images of Gladstone over the many decades of development, vintage jerseys from numerous local football clubs plus a row of hessian seats from the old town cinema.
However, it's the 1930's advertising sign for Friends Department Store that Mr Staines believes will generate the most conversation from long-time Gladstone residents.
Above all else, Mr Staines wants this Hog's Breath Cafe to be embraced by the local community as "Gladstone's own Hoggies".
"We'll have memorabilia adorning every wall that we hope will generate stories drawn from every generation of Gladstone families," he said.