Haugen’s is no ordinary restaurant! It is much more! This is evident the first time you drive by and see the packed parking lot or the back field full of classic cars. Haugen’s has been around since 1953 and over the years has become a tradition with thousands of families and travelers. A trip to the cottage or to see relatives just isn’t complete, without a stop for chicken and ribs.Haugen’s was established by the late Mr. Ivan Haugen in 1953. The original location was in the Town of Port Perry. By 1955 Mr. Haugen had moved to our present location and began building the reputation that we enjoy today.

For the 1969 season the restaurant was sold to Tom & Kay Nicolaou and Chris & Angela Tzountzouris. After the first year of operating the restaurant Tom and Chris decided to expand. They knocked out a wall and added more seats. They would continue small expansion efforts like this until 1976 when the entire building was torn down. That year the restaurant that you see today was built; well over 8,000 square feet and about 350 seats.

Since Tom and Chris retired in 1987 the business has remained in the family and today is in the hands of Chris’ sons, Steve and John (“The Next Generation”) who have continued to work hard to uphold the Quality and Service that Haugen’s is famous for.

The Original Building 1958

Looks like a classic car cruise, 1968

The Restaurant Today

The Good Old Days (1970’s)