The University of Chicago is bringing Five Guys, a restaurant chain whose burgers have a devoted following nationwide, to Hyde Park.
Five Guys has signed on as the inaugural tenant at the soon-to-be renovated office and theater buildings at 53rd and Harper Avenue. The news comes fast on the heels of the University’s announcement that it is renovating these key buildings.
“We’re delighted to introduce this crowd favorite to our community,” said James Hennessy, Director of Commercial Real Estate Operations for the University. “The University is committed to working with the community to revitalize the 53rd Street corridor, and the arrival of Five Guys is good news for those efforts.”
With 725 locations around the country, Five Guys is just one of a number of big-name retailers the University is talking with about setting up shop in new spaces along 53rd Street, here and at the nearby Harper Court redevelopment, to blend with local businesses.
The new Five Guys in Hyde Park will occupy 2,200 square feet and could also make use of outdoor seating with a plan for attractive awnings. Officials said they expect the restaurant to open around the end of this year.
Five Guys, which began as a sensation in the Washington, D.C. area, boasts that there are “25,000 possible ways order a burger,” and has plenty of awards to back up the buzz. At least one Hyde Parker is a believer: President Barack Obama made a highly publicized visit to a Washington, D.C. Five Guys location back in 2009, ordering jalapenos, tomato and mustard on his cheeseburger along with a side of fries. Check out the video!
“We are very excited to be a part of the Hyde Park area,” said Julie Speer, Five Guys area manager in the Chicago region. “We think it is a great fit for Five Guys and are excited to become a part of the community.”
Stay tuned — more news about new 53rd St. businesses is expected in the coming months.