Saturday 21 September 2019

US burger chain Five Guys coming to Ireland via Desmond brothers

Sons of Dermot Desmond - Brett, Ross and Derry - to open 10 restaurants countywide

Harrington enjoys a burger in Five Guys
Harrington enjoys a burger in Five Guys
The brothers are looking to open five restaurants in Dublin

Ailish O'Hora and Gavin McLoughlin

PADRAIG Harrington has become the unlikely poster child for US burger chain Five Guys - and the food chain is coming to Ireland.

The golfer celebrated his win at the PGA National in Florida yesterday with a burger and shared the picture on social media as his "first celebration" meal.

The Irish franchise for the chain has been won by Brett, Ross and Derry Desmond - sons of businessman Dermot Desmond.

The brothers are looking to open five restaurants in Dublin and a further five outside the capital, including in Northern Ireland, a spokeswoman said.

“They’ll focus on the Dublin area first,” she added.

The brothers are also looking to open restaurants in Cork, Limerick and Galway.

The brothers are currently seeking locations for the stores and there is no precise opening date yet.

The chain was founded in Virginia in 1986 and started offering franchise opportunities in 2003.

It currently has more than 1,200 outlets in the US and Canada, and opened in Covent Garden in London in 2013.

“We are considered a fast-casual restaurant. We have high-quality food but in a quick, fast setting,” the spokeswoman said.

“We’re really a no-frills burger joint, we’re focused on fresh food and customisation of your burger.”

Five Guys says there are more than 250,000 ways to have a burger in its restaurants.

A Five Guys restaurant requires a minimum ground-floor trading space of 2,500 square feet, with 1,500 square feet needed for back-of-house.

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