American fast food chain Five Guys has revealed more details about its new restaurant which will be opening in Croydon later this year.
In January it was reported that Five Guys wanted to convert the former Yates’s pub in the High Street – which has been boarded up since it closed in April 2015 – to a 209-seater eatery. Five Guys confirmed to the Advertiser in April that the restaurant was due to open “around September time” and as the opening date creeps ever closer more details have been released about the restaurant. A licensing application, which was submitted to Croydon Council and appeared on its website today (June 7), revealed that Five Guys intends to open from 8am until 12.30am on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. If the application is approved by the council, the restaurant will be open an extra hour on Fridays and Saturdays, meaning that it would be open from 8am until 1.30am. It also intends to sell alcohol on the premises.
John Eckbert, who is the CEO of Five Guys UK, previously told the Advertiser that the new restaurant will create dozens of jobs. He added: “We are excited to be coming to Croydon High Street in September this year. We’re gearing up to serve our fresh, handmade and fully customisable burgers, hot dogs and milkshakes. The new location will create 42 new local jobs, seat 209 people, and will hopefully be the perfect place for Croydon residents to sit back, relax and enjoy a great quality meal.”
The restaurant is set to be the chain’s 15th location in London – with 13 already open across the capital and another due to open in Kensington soon. The new Croydon branch would be the fifth south of the River Thames after restaurants were opened in Wimbledon, Putney, Greenwich and Kingston Upon Thames. Five Guys was founded in 1986 in Arlington, Virginia, by couple Janie and Jerry Murrell. The name Five Guys refers to the couple’s five sons. The chain first expanded to the UK in 2013 and now has more than 1,000 restaurants worldwide.