American burger chain Five Guys is opening its first Singapore restaurant this year, and you have Zouk to thank

Singapore will get American burger chain Five Guys in the later part of 2019.
Five Guys

Get your bellies ready: American burger restaurant chain Five Guys is coming to Singapore later this year.

In a press statement on Wednesday (June 12), Singapore’s Zouk Group said it would be launching the chain’s first Singapore outlet in the last quarter of 2019.

The opening of Five Guys will mark the family-owned brand’s further expansion in Asia, after it opened its doors in Hong Kong’s Wan Chai district last year.

According to Zouk, the Singapore branch will feature the brand’s iconic fresh-to-order burgers with customisable toppings, as well as its hot dogs and hand-cut fries.

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Zouk added that the opening is its “first big step” towards diversifying its F&B offerings.

“We have been very cautious when it comes to curating our lifestyle portfolio, in the sense that the brands we take on must share a similar synergy with the Zouk brand. Five Guys, quite simply, ticks all the boxes – customer-centric, true to its vision and a commitment to providing only the best,” Andrew Li, CEO of Zouk Group, said.

Li also said the company would be introducing more “fan-favourite” F&B concepts to the region in the coming year.

Here are 5 things to know about Five Guys:

1) From family business to 1,600 restaurants worldwide

Five Guys

The restaurant was started in 1986, in Arlington, Virginia by the Murrell family. Not long after, Five Guys became known for its option to stuff customisable toppings in freshly-made burgers.

While franchising began in 2003, till today, the company is owned and led by the Murrells.

It currently has over 1,600 restaurants worldwide across North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia, with the largest presence in the United States and United Kingdom. According to Five Guys, another 1,500 units are in development worldwide.

2) No freezers in all restaurants

Tycho Müller, Tycho’s Eye Photo via Five Guys

Five Guys claims that there are no freezers, microwaves or timers in its restaurants. Instead, it uses coolers to chill ingredients.

As such, it uses fresh ground beef to make its burgers. Additionally, all its fries are hand-cut and cooked in 100 per cent pure peanut oil.

3) Milkshakes were the first additions after 28 years

Tycho Müller, Tycho’s Eye Photo via Five Guys

After 28 years of selling its famous burgers, Five Guys added its popular milkshakes in test markets in 2014.

Today, the hand-spun milkshakes remain a favourite among fans. There is even bacon as a mix-in option!

However, it seems not all locations serve milkshakes, so we will have to wait and see if Singapore is lucky enough to get these.

4) Recognised employee practices

Apart from being one of the most popular cult burger chains in the US’ East Coast, the brand was also named UK’s most popular food chain by Market Force in 2018.

But that’s not all.

Last year, Five Guys was also certified as one of the best workplaces to work in the US by the Great Place to Work organisation, and was also listed among Forbes’ Top 500 Best Employers.

5) Here’s what a typical Five Guys menu looks like

The menu could vary by location, but it maintains its fuss-free red and white look in all Five Guys restaurants.
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