New Five Guys Burgers and Fries to Complete Theatre Way

Redwood City will get a taste of the East Coast with a new Five Guys opening this summer.

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.


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George September 05, 2012 at 05:38 PM
That peanut oil thing:(((... Won't be going there...ever!!! My daughter is highly allergic! Thanks for the heads up Patch! Who still uses peanut oil universally, too many allergies and liabilities these days.
Jeni September 05, 2012 at 07:52 PM
If the Patch is such "crap," then why do you keep reading and responding to articles?!!! As regards following up, I never turn to online news to see updates. I check it out for myself! Patch reporters did their job by informing us in June that a new Five Guys will be opening up this summer. Now that it's September, as an interested Peninsula resident, all I need to do is search for Five Guys+Redwood City on Google or Yahoo and I'll see their Grand Opening. It's not Patch's job to update or report on store openings. :-)
Jeni September 05, 2012 at 07:57 PM
If peanut oil is far healthier than corn oil, then it will bring in more business and more customers will order fries if they know that Five Guys uses peanut oil. Less than 1 percent of the population has a severe peanut allergy. Thus, Five Guys has chosen to cater to the 99% of the population for whom peanut oil is not a threat. Second, there is no liability unless they specifically claim that they use corn oil when they're really using peanut oil 9which would be cruel!). But it's completely up to the customer (and in your case, YOU, the parent if your daughter is a minor) to inquire about the ingredients or contamination if the customer has an allergy. In any restaurant, if the customer neglects to ask and is served food with peanuts, then it is not the responsibility of the restaurant whatsoever.
George September 06, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Actually Jeni, that 1% is a statistic from a study in done in 1996. Not sure what the number is today. But I know personally a significant number of friends and aquaintences, and they and/or their kids have fallen alllergic to nuts as well as other foods. Something that was not the case 15 years ago. I agree with you though, a patron should ask. For their personal welfare and safety. But my daughter had no idea she was allergic until she came into contact with (not even eating) a peanut. So with my knowledge of how many more individuals are becoming allergic, and the life threatening reaction, I would be hesistant to introduce my ( or any) young child into an enviroment that is cooking with or serving peanuts at least before the age of 3. Thus, knowing what I know now, I wouldn't go there with a young child. Once again, I'm glad for the heads up from the Patch. And I'm sure 5 Guys, clearly discloses their ingredients to avoid any liabilities or litigation. To do otherwise would be a risky propsition. Because believe me customer gets hurt...customer sues. That costs money any way you look at it. Oh yes. and if your eating fries...your not truly looking for a healthy option...any way you slice it, it's still fried!
Susan Wolff September 12, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Hamburgers were dry and overcooked but great value for the money and the mushrooms were indeed tasty-would not rush back.


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