Stirling Times

Still Hungry for success


AFTER 50 years standing on Scarboroug­h Beach Road, the first Hungry Jack’s in WA is still going strong in Innaloo.

The store opened its doors in 1971, with the whopper costing less than $1 at its debut.

Founder Jack Cowin visited the business he opened in his 20s in celebratio­n of the milestone last week.

Mr Cowin said it took time to build and evolve the fast food business in the area, slowly making hamburgers a part of the Australian culture.

“When we started, this was a test and when you start something, you never know,” he said.

“In the ’70s, the convenienc­e food industry was fish and chips shop, Chinese restaurant­s and the

occasional white tablecloth fancy place in the city.

“The Nookenburr­a Hotel was a famous pub in this area and it used to close at 10 at night and there would be a mass exodus from the pub over to this side.”

Mr Cowin said the business had changed significan­tly after half a century, particular­ly with drivethrou­gh and home delivery.

“At this store in week one, we did just under $3000; now on a good day you do that in an hour,” he said. “You don’t have to be Albert Einstein to know that if you could produce food quickly (that) tastes good, then they would buy it.”

Mr Cowin also announced the return of ’70s menu item, the Yumbo, as part of the 50th celebratio­n.

“The Yumbo is a ham and cheese sandwich, which we introduced when we opened,” he said.

“After that, when we try to consolidat­e the menu… the Yumbo fell by the wayside but over those years, we would continuous­ly get letters saying ‘bring back the Yumbo’.”

 ?? Picture: Nadia Budihardjo ?? Founder Jack Cowin with a Yumbo at Hungry Jack's Innaloo.
Picture: Nadia Budihardjo Founder Jack Cowin with a Yumbo at Hungry Jack's Innaloo.
 ??  ?? Hungry Jack's Innaloo in 1971.
Hungry Jack's Innaloo in 1971.

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