US burger chain Five Guys has opened its first restaurant in Australia, with huge crowds of fans waiting in line to get their hands on burgers, fries and milkshakes.
The franchise – famous for its made-to-order burgers with 15 toppings and American-style milkshakes – opened its doors in Penrith in Sydney’s west on Monday.
On opening day, dozens of diners waited in a long queue stretching out the door to get the first taste of the world-famous burgers.
The restaurant is offering diners takeaway only until Covid-19 restrictions ease.
Sydney customers living in the 5km radius of the store were lucky to tuck into the famous menu items have been sharing their rave reviews online.
‘The best burger I’ve ever had! Oh my god was so bloody delicious,’ one wrote.
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US burger chain Five Guys has opened its first restaurant in Australia, with huge crowds of fans waiting in line to get their hands on burgers, fries and milkshakes
Dozens of diners waited in a long queue to get the first taste of the world-famous burgers
The franchise – renowned for its fresh, customisable made-to-order burgers and American-style milkshakes – opened its doors in Penrith in Sydney’s west on Monday
Revealed: The epic Five Guys menu
BURGERS: Five Guys burgers are made with only the highest quality and freshest ingredients. Hand-formed burger patties with no preservatives, no hormones, and no antibiotics. Buns are baked fresh daily with a secret recipe and warmed on a dedicated grill to get the perfect toast.
HOT DOGS: All-beef hot dogs, split and grilled lengthwise for a caramelized exterior. With the added option of melted American-style cheese, crispy smoked bacon, or both.
FRIES: Fries are hand cut daily, cooked in peanut oil and made boardwalk style, firm on the outside with a creamy, mashed potato filling. Get them the traditional Five Guys way or try them with spicy Cajun seasoning.
SHAKES: Five Guys shakes have a creamy, vanilla base. Customise them by adding one or more of the 10 premium mix-ins like crispy bacon, real bananas, fresh strawberries or cold-brewed coffee made daily in store.
Another said: ‘Best milkshakes. Fresh and juicy burger. Chips well-seasoned and yummy. Quantities bigger than other burger joints.’
While one man added: ‘Real fast food has finally made it to Australia. The not-frozen beef makes an enormous difference.
‘Having tried Five Guys in the US, I can say the quality standards are the same if not better. Definitely worth the drive to try it out, the hand cut fries and milkshakes are fantastic as well.’
The store opening comes after years of rumours swirling about Five Guys heading Down Under.
Seagrass Boutique Hospitality in Sydney confirmed in mid-2020 it had secured the rights to the brand’s master franchisee in Australia.
On opening day, dozens of diners waited in a long queue stretching out the door to get the first taste of the world-famous burgers
US burger chain Five Guys has opened its first ever restaurant in Australia – complete with its famous burgers with 15 toppings, fries and shakes (picture of the new Penrith store)
A first look inside the new Five Guys store in Penrith in Sydney’s west that’s set to open
‘It’s been an incredibly fun journey to bring the Five Guys opening to this point,’ Robby Andronikos, brand manager of Five Guys Australia, said last week.
‘I’m excited to finally be able to open the doors to our first store in Penrith with many more Australian Five Guys restaurants on the horizon already planned.’
Five Guys is a family-run burgers and fries joint that started in America in 1986, offering a craveable menu made from scratch.
Now, decades after Five Guys first opened, there are locations across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and soon in Australia, with planned expansion into New Zealand.
During the 1980s and 1990s, the Murrell brothers perfected their simple concept.
Five Guys became the place to get a fresh, juicy burger with all the toppings you could stuff between two fresh-baked buns.
After years of rumours swirling about Five Guys heading Down Under, Seagrass Boutique Hospitality in Sydney confirmed in mid-2020 it had secured the rights to the brand’s master franchisee in Australia (picture of the new Penrith restaurant)
Decades after Five Guys first opened, there are locations across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and in Australia, with planned expansion into New Zealand
Two more brothers joined the team and as the family grew, so did the business. Early in 2003, Jerry and Janie, together with the ‘FIVE GUYS’, began offering franchise opportunities. In just less than 18 months, more than 300 units had been sold.
The Murrell brothers redefined the global burger landscape by focusing on freshness and quality. With no freezers and no microwaves, it’s built on the premise that all burgers and fries are made fresh every day.
The meat is a perfected 80/20 lean-to-fat ratio. Patties are hand-made seven days a week on site. The bread is baked fresh five days a week in a locally contracted bakery. The same unique recipe is used globally.
Potatoes are cut fresh daily, soaked to remove the starch and double-fried in pure, no cholesterol peanut oil to create the firm exterior and ‘mashed-potato’ interior that Five Guys fries are known for.
‘From the beginning, we wanted our customers to know that we put all our money into the food. That’s why the décor is so simple; only red and white tiles. We don’t spend money on décor, or guys in chicken suits,’ Chad Murrell said.
‘We’ll go overboard on food. By maintaining a simple ethos, coupled with highest quality ingredients, we continue to follow through on the vision since 1986.’