Chicken Treat

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Chicken Treat
Fast food
Founded1976; 43 years ago (1976)
HeadquartersPerth, Western Australia, Australia
Key people
Frank Romano
ProductsBarbecue chicken
RevenueA$50 million[1]
ParentCraveable Brands

Chicken Treat is an Australian barbecue chicken fast food restaurant chain.


Chicken Treat has over 60 outlets within Western Australia, and two in Central Queensland.[1] The company provides a range of rotisserie chicken, fried chicken, and burger meals. Chicken Treat also offers catering services for families, groups, and businesses.


The chain originated in 1976 in Perth, Western Australia, and later expanded throughout the country.[1]

In 1989, Chicken Treat and its main east coast rival, Big Rooster, became allies as Australian Fast Foods.[1] In early 2002, the parent company Australian Fast Foods purchased Red Rooster from Coles Myer.[2] This was followed by a period of rebranding, changing existing stores outside of Western Australia from Chicken Treat to the more established Red Rooster brand, although there are a few areas where the two co-exist.

In April 2007, Australian Fast Foods sold Red Rooster and Chicken Treat for $180 million to a consortium formed by the management and the venture capital arm of Westpac known as Quadrant Capital.[3]

In early 2011, QSR Holdings acquired the Western Australian Chooks brand (formerly known as River Rooster), converting said stores into direct-service outlets with no drive-thru service. These stores all carry the newer Chicken Treat branding.

In June 2011, Archer Capital acquired Quick Service Restaurant Holdings (QSR) from Quadrant Private Equity for an estimated $450 million (including Red Rooster and Oporto).[4][5]

In October 2015, the chain began using "Betty the Chicken" to run the company's Twitter account in an attempt to secure an entry in the Guinness Book of Records. The company had over 8,000 followers in 2015 as a result.[6]

As of 2015, there has been a Facebook page 'Old Chicken Treats' dedicated to documenting Chicken Treat stores and since has achieved a cult following.

Logo and mascot[edit]

In the late 1990s, the company began using a CGI rooster as its official mascot, named Chicken Nick. It is now the focus of commercials and point of sale in store. The mascot is normally involved in a comical skit from surfing to hula dancing, which is often a reference to the product being advertised at that time. During the first season of the reality TV series Big Brother, adverts replicated the "bum dance" of Perth contestant Sara-Marie Fedele.

Local celebrities such as former Perth Wildcats star Ricky Grace have also been used in commercials and in more recent advertisements, a contestant from Australian Idol, Chris Murphy, provided a song.

In late 2009, Chicken Treat updated its logo and branding of some stores to appeal to a younger audience.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Who we are". Chicken Treat. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  2. ^ ACCC (30 April 2002). "Australian Fast Foods acquisition of Amalgamated Food & Poultry Pty Ltd". Archived from the original on 16 July 2007. Retrieved 18 July 2006.
  3. ^ AAP (17 April 2007). "Australian Fast Foods signs buyout deal". Archived from the original on 5 October 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  4. ^ Wen, PHilip (14 June 2011). "Archer buys Red Rooster and Oporto in $450m deal". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
  5. ^ Ooi, Teresa (14 June 2011). "Archer buys up $450m worth of quick chicken". The Australian. Retrieved 16 June 2011.
  6. ^ "This company is clucking mad". Retrieved 15 April 2018.

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