Hog’s Breath Eatery closes after more than 30 years in Fayetteville

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Sad news, giant baked potato fans. Longtime local restaurant Hog’s Breath Eatery is gone.

The restaurant operated at 1214 N. Garland Ave. for over 30 years before officially closing its doors earlier this month.

It opened in 1981, and the menu originally focused on pizza, funnel cakes, and sandwiches before changing in the mid 90s to serve burgers and the giant baked potatoes they’re known for today.

It has been operated largely for the last 30 years by Jeff Nugent, whose father Dale bought the restaurant in the mid-1980s, and whose sons Aaron and Josh have also worked frequently in the family business. According to the announcement about the closure, Jeff is ready for a new career, and has taken a position with a local distributor.

We loved the place, and I personally ate a whole lot of their Terlingua potatoes when I lived nearby and went to the University of Arkansas. Best of luck to Jeff and the Nugent family.

For more on the history of Hog’s Breath, check out the closure announcement on their Facebook page.