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Hungry Jacks

Hungry Jacks, part of a large family of 400 stores in Australia, has closed after 30 years of business on South Terrace, and not many people will mourn its passing.

When it arrived a few years after the America's Cup, there were fears that a fast food outlet in the centre of town would cause trouble, and those fears were often justified. Brawls were a common occurrence, though the nightclub opposite can take some of that blame.

Fremantle people have always opposed the idea of fast food outlets in their town and were pleased when the beachside MacDonalds closed, leaving just one MacDonalds hovering on the very edge of the municality on South Street.

The image above (courtesy Fremantle Local History Library) shows the site when it was a used car yard next to a BP station.

Ironically, the site's next use was as Marshall's Burgers, accommodating a drive in, and a large open fire. When the America's Cup arrived, the site featured an Italian restaurant that had been sent out from Italy in kit form.

A couple of years after the America's Cup, the current fake heritage building was built for Hungry Jacks.

If members have memories they would like to share of this site over the years, please contact us.

John Dowson
The Fremantle Society


AGM tomorrow Wednesday



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