Redwood City is completing its diverse selection of restaurants on Theatre Way by establishing Five Guys Burgers and Fries on the corner of Middlefield and Broadway for a taste of the East Coast.
According to Redwood City’s Economic Development Coordinator , the space at 801 Middlefield Way has never been occupied by a business. Although the site has been home to several temporary art exhibits, it had never been leased before Five Guys inquired the venue.
As the site was originally marketed as a two story space--and Five Guys leased only the first floor--, the second floor will be leased as office space.
These spots have stood vacant for a long time, and Redwood City is excited to have a new Five Guys gracing Theatre Way.
“For years, my friends from Baltimore have been telling me about this Five Guys burger place,” said Lisa W. “Finally, Five Guys opened in the Bay Area.”
The chain, originally based in Arlington, Va., has expanded in recent years.
“The whole idea is that when you go into a Five Guys, no matter where you go, you feel like you’re in the same place,” said Five Guys Chief Operating Officer Jose Garzona.
Much like In-n-Out Burger, “[Five Guys] offers a limited menu,” said Garzona. “We only focus on burgers and fries, and we do them well. We don’t offer a selection of stuff that will take the focus away from what we do right.”
Although Five Guys has a narrow selection regarding meal options, the restaurant offers a huge variety of toppings.
Five Guys has 72 toppings and over 250,000 ways to customize a burger.
“You can come [to Five Guys] for the rest of your life and you can have your burger made different every time, said Garzona.
In contrast to many fast food joints along the peninsula, Five Guys has an open kitchen so customers can watch as their food is cooked. Also, Five Guys uses peanut oil for their fries as opposed to the standard corn oil which is high in cholesterol and saturated fats. The restaurant serves complimentary peanuts for patrons, giving it a homey American atmosphere, much like a baseball stadium.
Redwood City’s Five Guys will be opening this summer, and is now hiring.