Hungry Hobo

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Hungry Hobo
Type Privately held company
Industry Restaurant
Founded Moline, Illinois (1973 (1973))
Founders Ray Pearson, Tom Spero, Joe Gende, Jim Gende
Headquarters Rock Island, Illinois, U.S.
Number of locations Eight stores (2014)
Area served Quad Cities
Products Subs, Salads

Hungry Hobo is a sandwich-style restaurant chain with eleven locations in the Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa and one in Galesburg, Illinois. Pryce T. Boeye and Kris Beardsley are the current owners.

The company was founded in 1973 when Ray Pearson, Tom Spero, and Jim and Joe Gende converted three Little King franchises to the original Hungry Hobo locations. The three Little King locations were in Moline, Davenport and Rock Island. The concept was expanded to multiple locations.

In 2006, the company closed all locations outside of the Quad Cities, including locations in Iowa City and Muscatine.

In 2013, the company celebrated their 40th anniversary.

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