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Five Guys, Already in Avon, May Open in West Hartford

The upscale burger restaurant has applied for space in Bishops Corner.

The well known burger chain Five Guys Burgers and Fries, which already has locations in Avon and Farmington, may soon add its brand to the swelling ranks of upscale burger joints that call West Hartford home.

"Burgers are a big deal in West Hartford," said Town Manager Ron Van Winkle who confirmed that Five Guys has had an interest in West Hartford for some time. He had previously spoken with the Avon franchise owner about buying a building in town, but there was nothing available.

Town Clerk Essie Labrot confirmed Thursday afternoon that an application has been filed by Five Guys to renovate the space in Bishops Corner formerly occupied by Oreck and a portion of space currently leased by Bertucci's. The application is listed as "New Business" on the agenda for the Tuesday, Oct. 9 Town Council meeting.

Because the Bishops Corner shopping center, which currently includes Whole Foods (324-348 North Main St. and 2495 Albany Ave.), is a Special Development District, changes need to be approved by the Town Council. A public hearing will be held at a future date and the application will also be reviewed by the Town Planning and Zoning Commission.

According to the application, Five Guys proposes a 2,551 square foot restaurant with seasonal outdoor seating for 12 persons in front of the restaurant.

According to the Five Guys website, the company, which opened its first restaurant in Arlington, VA in 1986, is a franchise operation which currently has more than 1,000 locations in 47 states and six Canadian provinces.

Five Guys currently has 16 locations in Connecticut, and according to its website will be opening one in Shelton soon. Nearby restaurants include Farmington and Avon.

Bishops Corner got its first upscale burger restaurant when Mooyah opened in in the spring. Another fast casual restaurant, Noodles & Company, opened in Bishops Corner earlier this week.

Nick Frazee October 07, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Fast fact: no freezers @ five guys! (all fresh)

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