Whopper of a night for Hungry Jacks
FROM the disciplined die-hards who like to get their pre-race breakfast out of the way early, to the hoards of race-goers who stumble across Stafford St in the afternoon and early evening, Hungry Jack's at Booval is sure to be a hive of activity once again at this year's Ipswich Cup.
A veteran of the last eight Cups, Hungry Jack's manager Penny Price said the addition of the new-look Racehorse Hotel could bring even more customers through the doors on the big day.
“Lunch isn't as busy because families tend to stay away, but the real fun starts from about 3pm onwards,” Ms Price said.
“There will be people standing everywhere in the car park and the front counter will be flat out from about 3pm to 6pm.”
Although it is easily the busiest day of the year, Ms Price said Ipswich Cup day was usually lots of fun for staff, with the vast majority of customers behaving very well.
Race-goers are expected to happily chomp their way through upwards of 1500 burgers, compared to 300 to 400 on a normal business day.
By far the most popular item is water – with Ms Price estimating the store will go through 10 times the normal amount.
For some reason the women's toilet at Hungry Jack's is also very popular on Cup day – with women known to line up right through the hall way to use it.
The store hires security on the door – mainly to prevent people from walking in with alcoholic drinks – and police conduct regular checks on the car park, which has been the scene of several scuffles in past years.
Items like fire extinguishers and the television set will be removed from the restaurant and put out of reach of revellers, following a recent incident in which a drunk set off a fire extinguisher and covered the whole place in foam.
“We'll probably put on an extra 10 staff in the store itself, plus we'll pull some managers from other stores to help cope with the extra business,” Ms Price said.
“Our younger staff will work double the hours they would normally work – but the day usually goes by very quickly.”
The Ipswich Cup is expected to attract more than 20,000 to the Bundamba Racetrack
Last year's figure of 24,000 was a record for the event
Of those 24,000, 13,000 occupied the marquee areas