Five Guys

Facebook: Five Guys Burgers and Fries
Twitter: @Five_Guys
Founders: Murrell Family - Janie, Jerry, Matt, Jum , Chad, and Ben


Five Guys is a fast food restaurant chain known for its made-to-order hamburgers, hot dogs, and French fries. The chain uses only fresh 80/20 ground beef, peanut oil, and no frozen products. There are over 250,000 possible ways to order a burger at Five Guys, and customers can help themselves to free self-serve buckets of salted shell-on peanuts while they wait for their orders to arrive.  Currently Five Guys has over 1,000 locations in the United States and Canada, and over 1,500 locations in development. [2] 


Headquartered in Fairfax County, Virginia, Five Guys is a privately owned company that was founded in 1986 by Janie and Jerry Murrell. Jerry and Janie's five sons Matt, Jim, Chad, Ben, and Tyler are the namesake of "Five Guys."[3]  Beginning in 1986 the Murrell Family ran a few restaurants in the DC Metro area and continued to build a local following for 16 years. [5] In 2002, the family's sons opted to buy out the family business and turn it into a franchise, and the chain grew rapidly. While Five Guys had only six units in Alexandria, VA in 2003, by 2005 it expanded to 75 units, with an estimated $50 million in sales.  Former Washington Redskins kicker Mark Moseley helped Five Guys expand and eventually became their director of franchise development. [4]  By the end of 2004, over 300 units were developed in the Northeast. The chain rapidly opened locations in 47 states in the United States and extended into Canada, amassing over 1,000 locations by 2012. [3]  The first UK location opened in London in July 2013 on Long Acre in Covent Garden [6] Three more locations soon opened throughout South England. [7]  In December of 2014, the company opened their first location in Scottland in Glasgow. [8]


  1. Five Guys "Contact UsNovember 28, 2006
  2. Five Guys "About Us" 
  3. Michael S Rosenwald "Five Guys, Taking a Bigger Bite" April 3, 2006
  4. Restaurant Business "Number 1 with a Burger" August 2006
  5. Karen Weise "Behind Five Guys’ Beloved Burgers" BusinessWeek August 11, 2011
  6. James Thompson "Dunstone fleshes out business with Five Guys launch in the UK" London Evening Standard April 5, 2013
  7. Lisa Hannah Raven "Uxbridge Five Guys Scheduled for June Opening" Get West London April 4, 2014
  8. Mary McCool "Five Guys 'army' gets ready to battle Glasgow's appetite for burgers" STV Glasgow December 8, 2014 
  9. Liz Welch  "How I Did It: Jerry Murrell, Five Guys Burgers and Fries" Mansueto Ventures LLC April 1, 2010