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Five Guys
Type Private
Genre Fast Food Restaurants
Founded 1986
Headquarters Lorton, Virginia, U.S.
Products Hamburgers, french fries, hot dogs, soft drinks
Five Guys near the campus of the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood.
Typical interior of a Five Guys.

Five Guys is a fast food restaurant chain that originated in Arlington, Virginia. The chain sells mainly hamburgers, hot dogs and french fries.



Five Guys was founded in 1986 by Janie and Jerry Murrell and their four sons (with Jerry and the sons being the original "Five Guys").[1] Jerry and Janie had a fifth son two years after opening their first restaurant; all five sons, the current "Five Guys", are now involved in the business.[citation needed] The first location, which no longer exists, was in the Westmont Shopping Center at the corner of South Glebe Road and Columbia Pike. Buns were baked by Brenner's Bakery of Arlington Inc., which was owned and operated by William "Randy" Christian and Gino E. Pellegrino and located in the same shopping center. Brenner's made all the rolls by hand until 2001.

In 2002, there were six locations in Northern Virginia run by the family. The restaurants had gained popularity among locals, and the Murrells decided to franchise the stores. The Murrells began franchising their concept with the help of Fransmart, a franchise sales organization started by Dan Rowe, located in Alexandria, Virginia. Former Washington Redskins kicker Mark Moseley, who had gone to work for Fransmart after his football career, played a key role in the sales of franchises, and went on to become Five Guys' director of franchise development after the Murrells ended their business relationship with Fransmart.[citation needed]

As of October 2009, there are more than 450 locations in over 30 states.[2]


Five Guys has received numerous awards in Washington area publications, including "Number 1 Burger" by Washingtonian Magazine for seven years. The Pitt News named Five Guys "Best Hamburger" in Pittsburgh in 2007.[3]

Since franchising, it has also received awards in other cities, including Annapolis, Maryland; Charlotte, North Carolina; Richmond, Virginia; Charlottesville, Virginia; Johnstown, Pennsylvania; State College, Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;[4] Virginia Beach, Virginia;[5]Jacksonville, Florida;[6] Youngstown, Ohio; and Hampton.


Men's Health Magazine criticized the burger chain for how unhealthy their meals are.[7] A standard double patty burger, for example, contains almost 800 calories and 97% of the recommended daily saturated fat intake.[8] Men's Health also rated Five Guys french fries as the 4th most unhealthy food in America, noting that a standard large order of fries contains almost 1,500 calories.[9]


Five Guys bacon cheeseburger
Complimentary peanuts

The Five Guys' menu is centered on hamburgers, with several other options available. The hamburgers are divided into a "regular" burger, which consists of two beef patties, and a "little" burger that has only one patty. Both burgers are offered with American cheese, bacon, and a combination of the two for an additional charge of 60 cents. All other toppings are included at no additional charge. These toppings consist of: mayo, mustard, ketchup, relish, onion, lettuce, pickle, tomato, green pepper, jalapeño, grilled onion, and grilled mushrooms. Sauces include BBQ, hot sauce and A1.

The menu also includes kosher-style hot dogs, available with cheese and bacon, and grilled cheese and vegetable sandwiches. There is only one side item, fresh-cut French fries served boardwalk-style and fried in pure peanut oil. The French fries come in two sizes and two varieties, regular "Five Guys style" or "Cajun" style. Most locations offer free in-the-shell peanuts for patrons to eat while they wait for their food to be cooked.

The locations at Washington Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport also sell breakfast, consisting of egg sandwiches on Five Guys' buns.


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