KINGSPORT — An award-winning eatery that specializes in burgers and fries plans to locate in Kingsport by early next year.
Five Guys Burgers & Fries is coming to Goose Creek Center on Jack White Drive behind O’Charley’s and behind and to the north of Golden Corral, according to a building permit filed Friday and Andy Brooks, who developed and owns the shopping center.
“They would like to open by Christmas, but it’s going to be right about the first of the year, I understand,” Brooks said Friday afternoon.
Brooks said the eatery will be in the already-built “end cap” of Goose Creek Center, facing Jack White Drive. Plans include an outdoor patio for eating.
The building permit indicates it will occupy 2,840 square feet and that additional work to finish the shell building will cost $240,000.
The Kingsport location would be the first for the Tri-Cities.
The nearest locations of Five Guys are in Knoxville, Alcoa and Asheville, N.C., according to the Five Guys Web site, www.fiveguys.com.
The business was named one of the International Shopping Center Council’s “Hot Retailers” of 2008, according to Assistant City Manager of Development Jeff Fleming and the Five Guys Web site.
The chain began in 1986 with the opening of the first location in Arlington, Va. Headquartered in Lorton, Va., Five Guys Enterprises LLC has more than 300 locations in 25 states.
According to the Web site, the chain uses 100 percent all-American fresh ground beef, never frozen. It also uses only peanut oil, only Idaho potatoes and has a trans-fat-free menu.
It also sells hot dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches, soft drinks and bottled water.
Other awards Five Guys has received include No. 1 ratings in the ZAGAT Survey 2001 through 2008; Best Bargain (Cheap Eats) 2000 through 2007 in Washington Magazine; “Reader’s Choice” No. 1 Hamburger 1999 through 2008 Washingtonian Magazine; voted Best Burger in Baltimore in the 2007 AOL City Guide; and was dubbed to have “Good burger, no doubt” in 2006 by the Orlando Sentinel.