Hundreds flocked to Five Guys on 53rd Street during its opening day to check out the popular burgers and fries joint.
“I kept watching the progress of the building and began to get really excited,” said Kristena Lucky-Bloom, who hung out in the new seating area with her two-year-old-dog Bella. “It’s absolutely beautiful. My husband and I wanted to come out to get a bite to eat at Five Guys today and we’re glad to actually see the changes taking place in Hyde Park.”
Save the date for Monday, Sept. 5 when Five Guys will open in Hyde Park. Starting at 11 a.m., hamburger lovers are invited to visit the popular restaurant. The tentative daily hours are 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. seven days a week.
“We are very excited to see this project come full circle as we continue our revitalization efforts along the 53rd Street corridor with key tenants ranging in expertise from food to retail and much more,” said James Hennessy, Director of Commercial Real Estate at the University of Chicago.
Officials said minor touches on other parts of the building, such as completing the awnings and some of the terra cotta work will take place next week, but will not impact Five Guys.
With new signage and the scaffolding recently removed from the soon-to-be home for the first-ever Five Guys restaurant in Hyde Park, the renovation is nearing completion. Officials said the project scope of the University-owned office and theater buildings at 53rd and Harper Avenue includes façade work, tuck-pointing and a complete interior rehab.
A tentative opening date is scheduled for next month.
“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.