The quickest growing fast casual dining restaurant business in the US is seeking 10 locations in Ireland
north and south in which to start trading.
Five Guys Burgers and Fries plans to initially open up to five restaurants in Dublin – two in the city centre and three more around the M50 belt – before expanding into Cork, Limerick and Galway.
Northern Ireland is also in its sights, with one or two restaurants planned initially for Belfast.
The requirement is for a minimum ground floor trading space of 23sq m (2,500sq ft) with 139sq m (1,500sq ft) back-of-house.
“But if anything has been learned from the Five Guys UK experience, it is that larger stores, with up to 5,000sq ft of trading space, can work very well in the right locations,” says Michael Harrington of Harrington Retail, which has been retained to secure the sites.
The Irish franchise for Five Guys Burgers and Fries has been secured by Brett, Ross and Derry Desmond, the sons of financier Dermot Desmond.
The menu at Five Guys is centred on hamburgers offered with American cheese or bacon, kosher-style hot dogs, grilled cheese and vegetable sandwiches.
Its buns are said to be sweeter and “eggier” than normal and French fries are the sole side item, available salted only in “Five Guys style” or seasoned “Cajun style”. Some outlets also offer egg sandwiches on Five Guys buns for breakfast.
Five Guys food is prepared fresh on a daily basis. There are no freezers in any of its restaurants, and all foods are cooked using peanut oil.
Good stuff! The only American fast food franchise I was impressed it. I just hope one doesn't open too close to the gaff, or I'll be pretty rotund within a couple of months.