Unraveling the Story of Five Guys Burgers

by Mayniaga

Founded in 1986 by Jerry and Janie Murrell, Five Guys started as a family-owned burger joint in Arlington, Virginia, following Jerry's mother's advice that serving a good hamburger could lead to success in America.

The Murrell family focused on hand-formed burgers and fresh-cut fries cooked in peanut oil, perfecting their simple system over the years.

With the addition of a fifth brother, the family expanded their business, opening four more restaurants with sit-down seating to accommodate their growing clientele.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Five Guys gained popularity as the go-to spot for delicious burgers with customizable toppings, served between fresh-baked buns.

Within 18 months, they sold options for over 300 units, making national headlines and attracting attention from trade publications such as Nation’s Restaurant News and Restaurant Business Magazine.

In 2003, Five Guys began offering franchise opportunities under the guidance of Jerry and Janie Murrell.

Despite its exponential growth, Five Guys remains committed to using only fresh ground beef and peanut oil for cooking, and each location is equipped with coolers instead of freezers.

Today, almost 1,700 Five Guys locations operate worldwide, with another 1,500 units in development.

rooted in its founders' dedication to quality ingredients and simple, yet delicious, food.

With its cult-like following and continuous media attention, Five Guys has cemented its status as a beloved burger chain,

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