Oporto (restaurant)

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Industry Food
Founded 1986 (Original store)
1995 (1st Franchise)
Headquarters Chatswood, New South Wales
Key people
Craig Tozer–Acting CEO[1]
Products Chicken products, burgers, wraps, salads, sides and desserts
Owners Craveable Brands
Number of employees
Website www.oporto.com.au
Oporto outlet at Victoria Place, located above Victoria station, in London, England
Oporto Drive-through menu in Sydney

Oporto is an Australian fast food restaurant franchise with a Portuguese-theme. Oporto specialises in Portuguese style chicken.


Oporto has more than 100 'eat in' or 'take-away' restaurants in Australia, New Zealand, India, the United States, and the United Kingdom, although a large majority of these are located in New South Wales, Australia, where the company is headquartered. It previously also operated stores throughout China.

Founding and History[edit]

The first Oporto restaurant was founded in 1986 by António Cerqueira, an Australian of Portuguese descent, in North Bondi, New South Wales, Australia but was originally named Portuguese Style Bondi Charcoal Chicken. The 'Oporto' name came from Porto, Portugal's second largest city.

Oporto first opened a franchise store in 1995[2] and was named the fastest growing franchise in Australia in January 2005 by Business Review Weekly.

In 2007 there were 100 locations in New South Wales, 14 in Queensland, 8 in Victoria, 5 in the Australian Capital Territory, 5 in South Australia and 6 in New Zealand. Some of these restaurants are called Oporto Express and offer a smaller range of products – most commonly this means they do not offer a breakfast menu.

Oporto opened their first store in the United Kingdom at London's Victoria Station in January 2009, and opened their first restaurant in the United States in Rancho Cucamonga, California on 25 February 2011.[3] Oporto stores in the United States were all converted to Feisty Chicken Grill in 2013. [4] There are now over 100 stores in operation in the world (currently in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom). Oporto has three types of Oporto store types; Drive Thru, Shopping Centre and Strip stores.

Parent ownership and acqusitions[edit]

In July 2007, Quadrant Private Equity and Quick Service Restaurant Holdings now now as Craveable Brands (which owns Red Rooster and Chicken Treat) purchased Oporto.[5]

In June 2011, Archer Capital acquired Quick Service Restaurant Holdings from Quadrant Private Equity for an estimated $450 million (including Red Rooster and Chicken Treat). [6][7]

On 26 March 2012 Oporto ceased trading in China, closing its three outlets.[8]

On 7 April 2013, Oporto's US franchisee closed its three outlets. [9]

In 2013, Oporto opened their first restaurant in Western Australia in South Perth on the corner of the Canning Highway and Berwick Street. Oporto has since increased to over 8 stores in the region.


Oporto's chilli sauce is a Portuguese piri-piri sauce made from chilli, ginger, lemon and garlic. Oporto has a range of fast food items centering on its grilled chicken.

Identity and marketing[edit]

Oporto describes itself as a wholly owned Australian company.

The franchise distances itself from the perception that fast food is unhealthy by promoting its chicken as "fresh not frozen, grilled not fried".

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Oporto CEO resigns as QSRH shakes up execs". QSR media. June 15, 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Oporto Franchising Pty Ltd". Franchise Business / Franchise Council of Australia. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Shatkin, Elina (2011-02-24). "Australia's In-N-Out: Oporto, Coming to San Bernardino - Los Angeles - Restaurants and Dining - Squid Ink". Blogs.laweekly.com. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  4. ^ Plessel, John (2011-02-24). "Oporto out, Fiesty Chicken in". insidesocal.com/dine909. Retrieved 2017-08-11. 
  5. ^ QSR completes $60m Oporto deal – Inside Retailing online, 18 July 2007
  6. ^ Wen, PHilip (14 June 2011). "Archer buys Red Rooster and Oporto in $450m deal". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  7. ^ Ooi, Teresa (14 June 2011). "Archer buys up $450m worth of quick chicken". The Australian. Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Locations - International". Oporto. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  9. ^ "Oporto out, Fiesty Chicken in". dine909. Retrieved 2017-06-19. 

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