Customers no longer need to travel to the nearest one – over the border in Manchester
“The first customer through our doors had been emailing us for months asking for our opening date, he was that excited to come.” Those were the words of Five Guys district manager Adam Short just days after the chain threw open the doors to its new fast food restaurant in Preston.
And that customer was not alone in his anticipation – diners have been patiently waiting for almost a decade to see a branch of the famous American burger bar in Lancashire. First launched in Virginia in the in 1986, the company saw rapid expansion across the USA in the years that followed before the first English branch of Five Guys opened in Covent Garden back in 2013.
Since then, Adam has played a key part in launching restaurants in the north, including the first one outside of London at The Trafford Centre in Greater Manchester. The Preston venue is housed inside the former Frankie & Benny’s at the Deepdale Retail Park and has been busy with a constant flow of customers since it first threw open its doors at 11am on October 3.
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“When we advertised for staff, we got an amazing response and I knew there would be quite a bit of excitement about the first one to open in Lancashire,” said Adam, who travelled to America to learn about the brand before bringing his expertise back home with him.
“People had been travelling over to Manchester to get their Five Guys fix, and now they don’t have to. I’ve been working for Five Guys for eight years and we have worked hard, spent a lot of money getting his restaurant ready.
“We pride ourselves in treating the staff well, we are a family and hopefully this will be the first of many in Lancashire.”
Over the years Five Guys have garnered a fierce reputation for their custom-made burgers – of which there are a possible 250,000 ingredient combinations – fresh fries, thick signature milkshakes and a variety of different soft drinks. The Deepdale restaurant is decked out in the chain’s iconic white and red chequered-flag design with tall tables, booth seating and huge sacks of potatoes on display inside the American-style diner.
How it all works
There are no freezers or microwaves in the kitchen, with every burger made from scratch using fresh ingredients sourced in the UK. For instance, the potatoes used on the day of our visit were brought in from Homme Farm in Hertfordshire.
Ordering is pretty simple. Customers choose from one of the base burgers, which offer a choice of single or double patty with bacon and more (£7.95 to £9.65). They will then be required to choose what topping and sauces they would like, picking as many as they like for no extra cost.
Fries come in two different sizes (little and large) with the option to upgrade to Cajun fires for an extra cost. A beef dog range is on offer, with veggie and grilled cheese sandwiches also on the menu. Pick up a cup for your soft drink when you pay, or order one of the set milkshake flavours or make your own (£5.25).
You will be given an order number, which will be called when your food is ready. Food is available to takeaway or eat in. Straw are option, with the recyclable cups designed to drink straight out of with limited spillage.
- 17:44, 5 OCT 2022
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