American chain Five Guys wades into Toronto’s burger wars
Subway may have just surpassed McDonald’s as the world’s largest food chain, but that doesn’t mean the burger craze is dead. Patty pushers like M:Brgr and The Burger’s Priest have been going gangbusters since opening (the same can’t be said for Oh Boy! Burger Market; RIP), and now there’s a new kid on the block: Five Guys Burgers and Fries, a Virginia-based restaurant chain whose business is sizzling stateside (pun intended). There are already two outposts just outside the city, in Vaughan and Mississauga, and a new location is set to open at 800 Warden Avenue in Scarborough in either June or July.
More akin to The Burger’s Priest’s stripped-down approach than M:Brgr’s upscale effort (their $100 burger is already the stuff of legend), Five Guys offers a bare-bones menu and a wide assortment of toppings for their flat-top grilled patties. Apparently, Shaquille O’Neal and Barack Obama are fans. Curious carnivores unwilling to make the trek to Scarborough can simply wait: a Five Guys spokesman confirmed that locations will open in the downtown core in the near future.