Fast Eddys Cafe was a fast food and restaurant chain that primarily operated in Perth, Western Australia and also briefly in New South Wales, Adelaide, South Australia and Melbourne, Victoria. Fast Eddys was most notable at the time of its establishment for being one of the few Perth restaurants open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including public holidays.
The restaurants were split up into two sections, a sit-down table service restaurant and a take away section. The take away section has similar food to the restaurant experience, however it is less expensive and tailored for the take-away market. The restaurants are decorated with various historic memorabilia such as old advertising signs and number plates.
The flagship burger was the EddyBurger. Other items included the Cop-the-Lot Burger, the Steakburger and the Super Hotdog. The restaurant also served all day breakfast items.
Fast Eddys was founded in 1979 at the west end of the Perth CBD, on the corner of Hay Street and Milligan Street by Christopher and Con Somas. The restaurant moved to a new location at 454 Murray Street in the early 1990s, were it remained until its closure in 2019. It was rumoured that Fast Eddys took its name from the Paul Newman fictional character (Fast) Eddie Felson in the 1961 US drama film The Hustler, although there are no sources to prove this.
By the 90s, the Somases had sold the business. In the following years, the new ownership had facilitated additional franchises opened across Western Australia, and by 2001 the company expanded into New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria. However, in 2002 the company went into receivership, with most of the stores closing down in the eastern states, and the WA stores being sold off as franchises. Former owners (Galloway) had possession of the restaurants up until this point.
Apart from the original Perth CBD restaurant, other locations of Fast Eddys restaurants in Western Australia included Morley (which now operates independently as The Flying Monkey (sic) Shisha Lounge as of 2019), Armadale and Cannington. Since then, all franchises have closed and Fast Eddy's ceased trading as of 2019, with the last restaurant being Perth CBD.
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