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Five Guys Burgers and Fries Coming to West Caldwell

Planning Board okays application for burger franchise.

The West Caldwell Planning Board approved an application for a Five Guys Burgers and Fries franchise in the Essex Mall Monday night.

The 2,240-square-foot restaurant will occupy the former space of Book World at 905 Bloomfield Ave. in the strip mall.

Franchise operator Edward Sheridan told the Planning Board he expects to open a total of four or five restaurants in Essex County, where he has exclusive rights to the franchise.

Construction is expected to begin on the 48-seat eatery in about a month, according to Planning Board Clerk Joseph Dunn.

According to Dunn, Sheridan told the Planning Board approximately 75% of customers eat-in, but all meals are purchased at the counter.

Dunn said it’s important to note for those who have peanut allergies that the restaurant cooks with peanut oil.

According to their website, the first Five Guys opened in 1986 in Alexandria, Va. Five Guys began franchising in 2002 and now has more than 900 locations around the country.

Five Guys restaurants do not have freezers because they say their food is never frozen. The simple menu includes burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and two kinds of fries, and there is no additional charge for toppings.

West Caldwell Mayor Joseph Tempesta said Tuesday that Five Guys is just one of several new eateries coming to the township. Tempesta said a Muscle Maker Grill franchise is set to open soon in the West Caldwell Plaza near, and another restaurant is expected to take over the space formerly occupied by .

“I am seeing a lot more business activity coming, which I hope is a sign of the economy turning,” Tempesta said.

Laura Byrne Cristiano January 11, 2012 at 02:42 PM
If he owns all Essex County franchises, I'm curious what happened to the franchise in Upper Montclair on Valley Road. It was barely open a year and it suddenly closed. It always seemed packed whenever I went by, and the food and service was terrific.
Danelectro59 January 11, 2012 at 03:20 PM
My understanding is that he had a major dispute with the landlord in Montclair and simply walked away from the lease. There were a few postings about this on Baristanet.
Kevin January 11, 2012 at 03:29 PM
I like Smashburger better.
Scott Williams January 11, 2012 at 04:22 PM
I agree with Kevin. Would have preferred to see Smashburger open there.
John Loconsolo January 11, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Just Wait for 25 Burger to open near WIllowbrook. It is better than all of them. http://www.25gourmetburgers.com/index.htm. I get them in Linden, they are great.
Leslie Silver January 11, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Is this the next teen hangout....? (I was kind of happy thinking I could usually find my son at Chipotle, getting beans, salads, and other organic food..... <sigh>....)
bbbnto January 11, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Great hamburgers and fries. If you're with other people when you go, just place one order of fries. They litterally fill the bag with fries, and there's always extra. Can't wait for it to open!
Roseanne Cavallo January 12, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Would have preferred Smashburger! They don't use peanut oil!
PimpJuice January 14, 2012 at 03:11 AM
I can't Wait. I can workout at New York Sports Club and Fill up on Burgers n Fries LoL!!
anthony j. popola April 12, 2012 at 09:38 PM
it's a chain operated by Mcdonalds...and not very good at that. everything tastes the same.
Danelectro59 April 12, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Mr. Popola: 5 Guys is NOT "operated by McDonad's". There is no connection whatsoever between the two. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5_Guys
anthony j. popola April 13, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Chipotle is....that is what I meant
Danelectro59 April 13, 2012 at 11:15 AM
No, they have no connection to Chipotle, either.
anthony j. popola April 13, 2012 at 09:08 PM
i stand corrected....my apologies..i'll take burgers and fries over mexican food any day...i have eaten there a few times and wasn't impressed...my digestive system can't handle that slop...

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