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Five Guys

Headquarters: 10718 Richmond Highway
Lorton, VA 22079
Employees: 10,000+
CEO: Jerry Murrell
Privately held


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Five Guys is a fast-food chain specializing in hamburgers with over 1,000 locations in 47 states and six Canadian provinces. Another 1,500 locations are under development.

The menu includes hamburgers, cheeseburgers, kosher hot dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches and french fries. Most hamburgers come with two patties and the little version has one. Bacon can also be ordered with burgers and hot dogs.

The chain says there are over 250,000 ways to order a burger at Five Guys with 15 free toppings which include mayo, tomatoes, relish, lettuce, jalapeno peppers, grilled onions, green pepper, grilled mushrooms, ketchup, A-1 steak sauce, hot sauce, bar-b-q sauce and pickles.

Burgers can only be ordered well done to maintain consistent food quality and exceed food safety standards. Five Guys says restaurants have no freezers, just coolers, so nothing is every frozen.

Restaurants also provide free peanuts to customers in boxes inside the store. French fries are made fresh in every restaurant and cooked in 100% peanut oil.

Five Guys restaurants offer no coupons or discounts.

The chain opened its first store in the U.K. in 2013.


Five Guys was founded in 1986 by Janie and Jerry Murrell and their four sons who became known as the original Five Guys.

  • 1986: The first Five Guys location opens in Arlington, VA.
  • 1986 - 2001: Five Guys opens five locations around the DC metro-area and perfected their business of making burgers -- and starts to build a cult-like following.
  • 2002: Five Guys decides DC metro-area residents shouldn't be the only ones to experience their burgers and start to franchise in Virginia and Maryland.
  • 2003: Five Guys sells out of franchise territory within 18 months and starts to open the rest of the country for franchise rights.

Updated May 21, 2014

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