'Cult' burger chain Five Guys coming to Lakeside this summer

Washington DC-based Five Guys has opened seven restaurants acrossEngland since its first in Covent Garden last summer

Washington DC-based Five Guys has opened seven restaurants acrossEngland since its first in Covent Garden last summer

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A CULT burger restaurant from Washington DC is coming to Lakeside as part of intu’s £9m food court revamp.

Five Guys, which opened its first UK restaurant in Covent Garden in July, will be coming to units 420-421 of the expanded Lakeside food court, in the latest of a rapid spread across the country which has already seen eight restaurants open.

Described by the Hamburger Me blog as garnering “immediate cult status” in London, the chain has a ‘Fanatics’ section on its website and was described by business magazine Forbes as America’s fastest growing restaurant in 2012.

Currently the nearest Five Guys is on the other side of the Dartford Crossing at the Bluewater Shopping Centre, Kent, making the move far more convenient for burger fans across south Essex – particularly as the franchise was named best fast food burger restaurant by ZAGAT in 2010.

ZAGAT top Mexican restaurant winner 2013, Tortilla, may also be coming to the food court after applying to Thurrock Council for an alcohol license earlier this month, together with Nando’s, which looks set to open a third restaurant at the shopping centre.

Joining them will be only the second Rhythm Kitchen jerk chicken joint in the country.

Former hotel chef and TV chief Delroy Dixon ploughed his life savings into his first outlet at the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford and said he decided to expand into Thurrock after being badgered by his Essex customers to open closer to home.

As well as chicken, the kitchen serves barbecue ribs and braised oxtail, all Caribbean fare inspired by his West Indian mother’s cooking.

“Our portions are big and Caribbean food is completely underrepresented in shopping centres and High Streets, so Rhythm Kitchen is a nice alternative to have,” he said.

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2:11pm Wed 28 May 14

ejgorham says...

Must be a slooooow day in the news for this to be the leading article.
Must be a slooooow day in the news for this to be the leading article. ejgorham
  • Score: 5

2:50pm Wed 28 May 14

Mattster says...

Hmm! £10 per burger and more than double the fat of a Big Mac.
Hmm! £10 per burger and more than double the fat of a Big Mac. Mattster
  • Score: 2

3:43pm Wed 28 May 14

ebagumtrebor says...

An interesting story that catches the imagination of most people. We all need to know about a new burger joint and to be able to express our views on that. It's our democratic right to freedom of speech.
An interesting story that catches the imagination of most people. We all need to know about a new burger joint and to be able to express our views on that. It's our democratic right to freedom of speech. ebagumtrebor
  • Score: 14

6:48pm Wed 28 May 14

skinthegoat says...

ebagumtrebor wrote:
An interesting story that catches the imagination of most people. We all need to know about a new burger joint and to be able to express our views on that. It's our democratic right to freedom of speech.
Absolutely old friend, the same way that we are allowed, (ahem) to comment on Millibands visit to Thurrock....
Roll on cultural Marxism.....
[quote][p][bold]ebagumtrebor[/bold] wrote: An interesting story that catches the imagination of most people. We all need to know about a new burger joint and to be able to express our views on that. It's our democratic right to freedom of speech.[/p][/quote]Absolutely old friend, the same way that we are allowed, (ahem) to comment on Millibands visit to Thurrock.... Roll on cultural Marxism..... skinthegoat
  • Score: 15

8:52am Fri 30 May 14

Drunken Master says...

At least it will keep the local Eastern Europeans employed.
At least it will keep the local Eastern Europeans employed. Drunken Master
  • Score: 0

4:49pm Fri 30 May 14

Thurrockbob says...

Great, more fast food rubbish!
Great, more fast food rubbish! Thurrockbob
  • Score: 2

7:16pm Sat 31 May 14

Make Thurrock Better says...

How about a Greek restaurant? There's not one for miles around.
How about a Greek restaurant? There's not one for miles around. Make Thurrock Better
  • Score: 0

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