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Cult-Favourite US Burger Chain Five Guys Is Opening Its First Melbourne Store Next Week

Adding some inner-city burgers to your winter, the American fast food joint will open at Southbank on Monday, August 8.
By Sarah Ward
August 03, 2022
By Sarah Ward
August 03, 2022

Burger fiends of Sydney scored a new go-to joint back in 2021, when US-born brand Five Guys opened its first Australian store in Penrith. It also backed that up with a second outpost in Sydney's CBD this winter, too. But if you're keen to give the chain's combination of meat and buns a try down in Melbourne, get ready to add a trip to Southbank to your menu — with Five Guys launching its first Victorian eatery, and third Aussie spot overall, on Monday, August 8.

Setting up shop at 3 Freshwater Place, the new store will sit on the promenade in front of Queensbridge Square, seat 79 burger lovers and — unsurprisingly — sport Five Guys' red-and-white colour scheme. On the menu: burgs, fries, hotdogs, sandwiches and shakes, aka Five Guys' usual range.

If you're wondering why the brand has built up such a following, the fact that its made-to-order burgers skew in the classic direction is one good reason. These burgs come with two hand-formed patties on toasted buns, with your choice of free toppings (including pickles, grilled mushrooms and jalapeños). Five Guys also does bacon cheeseburgers that add two strips of bacon and two slices of Kraft American cheese as well.

Prefer hotdogs, sandwiches (in veggie, cheese or BLT varieties), hand-cut fries (with or without Cajun spices) and vanilla milkshakes? They're all on the menu as well. Don't go thinking that the latter are boring, though — you can add bacon, bananas, peanut butter, salted caramel and even Oreo pieces to your design-your-own beverage.

As anyone with allergies should note, though, Five Guys only cooks its fries in peanut oil.

The popular chain already has more than 1600 stores to its name across America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia since starting back in 1986 in the Washington, DC area — and has amassed quite the reputation in the process. Even given the number of big-name US burger chains with hefty followings, such as Shake Shack and In-N-Out, it stands out.

More Aussie Five Guys stores are in the works, too, in including additional Melbourne locations in 2023. Seagrass Boutique Hospitality Group, aka the folks behind The Meat & Wine Co, Hunter & Barrel, 6 Head, Ribs & Burgers, Italian Street Kitchen and Butcher and the Farmer, hold the master franchise for Five Guys in Australia and New Zealand — and while it hasn't revealed where more burgs will be coming everyone's ways just yet, setting up plenty of locations has always been the company's plan.

When news that Five Guys was launching stores Down Under first hit in 2020, at least 20 spots were earmarked for Australia alone.

Find Five Guys' first Melbourne store at 3 Freshwater Place, Southbank, Melbourne, from Monday, August 8 — open from 11am–10pm daily.

Published on August 03, 2022 by Sarah Ward
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