By: Sharon Aron Baron
Five Guys Burgers and Fries, a fast-casual restaurant chain serving up hamburgers, hot dogs, and French fries will be opening a Coral Springs location.
Five Guys is known for their fresh, never frozen meat, as well as their complimentary roasted in-shell peanuts. Headquartered in Lorton, Virginia, the first Five Guys restaurant opened in 1986, and by 2001, the chain had expanded to five locations throughout the Washington, DC metro area.
The Coral Springs location is run by their Broward County franchisee, Yukon Broward LLC, who own nine other Five Guys in the county.
Reas Kondraschow, franchise president, said his company spent two years working with the leasing company scouting out various spots at The Walk.
“We picked The Walk because it was a destination place and well-established,” he said, adding that they are happy about the new downtown area that’s in the works.
Five Guys is located in half of the parcel formerly occupied by Peking Tokyo. Wild Fork Foods now occupies the other half. Indoor and outdoor seating for 60 diners will be available, and beginning next week they will begin framing the walls.
Established in 1986 by Janie and Jerry Murrell, Five Guys got its name from Jerry and the couple’s four sons, Jim, Matt, Chad, and Ben, making them the “Five Guys.” The Murrells had a fifth son, Tyler, two years later and currently, all five sons are involved in the business. Matt and Jim travel the country visiting stores, Chad oversees training, Ben selects the franchisees, and Tyler runs the bakery.
In early 2003, the chain began franchising, beginning a period of rapid expansion. In a year and a half, permits were sold for over 300 franchised locations.
Former US President Barack Obama is reportedly a fan, buying lunch for himself and his colleagues at the Washington Five Guys in 2011, and as of 2016, Five Guys had over 1,500 locations open worldwide, with 1,500 locations under development.
Kondraschow estimates they will open the Coral Springs location in September.
“The planning department with Coral Springs has been wonderful,” he said. “We are a better stage than we were in Sunrise and Pembroke Pines.”