Work starts to convert Yates’s pub into burger chain Five Guys in Croydon town centre

Work to convert the former Yates’s bar in Croydon town centre into a branch of popular fast food chain Five Guys appears to have gotten underway.

Hoardings around the pub, which closed in April 2015, have been put up on the site in High Street this week. Workmen were spotted constructing the hoarding on Wednesday afternoon (June 28). In January, the Advertiser revealed that the burger chain wanted to open a new eatery on the site of the pub. Five Guys confirmed in April that it hopes the restaurant will open in about September.

A licensing application submitted to Croydon Council, which was published online last month, showed that Five Guys intends to open from 8am until 12.30am every day of the week except for Friday and Saturday, when it will open from 8am until 1.30am. The chain also intends to sell alcohol on the premises. As well as revamping the pub to provide a 209-seater restaurant, Five Guys wants to rebrand the clock above the entrance so that it displays its own corporate branding instead of Yates’s.

John Eckbert, CEO of Five Guys UK, previously said the new restaurant will create dozens of jobs. “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,” he said. “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 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.

Source: Croydon Advertiser