Hungry Hobo

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

Hungry Hobo is a sandwich-style restaurant chain with thirteen locations in the Quad Cities Area of Illinois and Iowa. Pryce T. Boeye and Kriston 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, and opened up their newest store in Eldridge, Iowa, with the franchise's first drive-thru.

The menu includes 13 different sandwiches, including 3 grilled, hot subs. It also includes salads, soups, baked potatoes, and other sides. The Hungry Hobo also offers cake, cookies, and muffins. Hungry Hobo also has boxed lunches and party sandwiches, cakes, cookie cakes, soups, chili, and other sides, for meetings or other large events. Bread and baked goods are baked fresh in the bakery every day.

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