The American hamburger chain Five Guys, which has a total of 1,300 outlets located worldwide, is set to open its first restaurant in Spain in October. It will be located at 44, Gran Vía in Madrid.
While the name may be a mystery to many, myself included, Five Guys’ claim to fame is that it is the preferred hamburger restaurant of none other than the current president of the United States, Barack Obama.
In 2009, one of the Washington restaurants received a telephone call from the White House during which the founder and owner of Five Guys explained to the person on the other end of the line that they did not do home deliveries and that their hamburgers would only be distributed on the premises.
One hour later, Barack Obama was in the queue ordering a cheeseburger.
While the majority of the restaurants are located either in the USA or the UK, Spain is to receive its very own restaurant next month – most likely during the last two weeks of October.
The Madrid restaurant will consist of three floors covering an area of approximately 700 square metres, although the inauguration will be spread over two phases.
One hundred people will be employed in the restaurant and given an indefinite contract. And many of them will be Spaniards who left their homeland and found employment in a Five Guys restaurant in the UK. They will be given the option of returning home to Spain to work.
Currently there are no major plans to expand in Spain, however, if the business takes off, as it has in London or Paris, Five Guys bosses will look to set up other restaurants in other Spanish cities.
Five Guys say that they are not worried about any competition in Spain because there is no other hamburger place like them. Their products are fresh, they do not use microwaves, freezers or timers, as everything is washed, cut, cooked and plated up right in front of the customer.