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Five Guys Plans to Open Joliet Restaurant

The owners are pouring nearly a half million dollars into renovating the former KFC building near the Louis Joliet Mall.

It took awhile, but Five Guys is finally opening a burger restaurant in Joliet.

The fast-food restaurant chain known for its red-and-white-checked decor, laundry list of free toppings and complimentary peanuts in the shell is filling the former KFC location at the corner of Plainfield Road and Hennepin Drive.

There's no opening date yet, in part because the company is "pretty much gutting the place" and installing all new equipment and seating, said Dave Mackley, director of building services for the city of Joliet.

According to the building permit issued by the city, the owners will be spending about $450,000 to renovate the structure.

For those unfamiliar with the family-owned chain, which got its start in Arlington, Va., in 1986, Five Guys prides itself on a small menu that's essentially limited to regular and "small" sizes of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, bacon burgers and bacon cheeseburgers and Kosher-style hot dogs that can be topped with bacon and/or cheese.

Unlike most fast-food restaurants, they also cater to a vegetarian crowd by selling veggie sandwiches and grilled cheese.

Among the 15 toppings you can add are green peppers, grilled mushrooms, A-1 Steak Sauce and pickle relish.

The chain has 1,000 restaurants in 47 states, and has plans to add 1,500 more, according to its Web site. There are 36 in Illinois, including two in Naperville, Bolingbrook and Orland Park.

Infamous Steve October 12, 2012 at 03:15 PM
YES!!!!!! I can't wait until they open. Ate at the one in bolingbrook....let me jus say their food is great and fresh. But I am sure some of you know that. See now this story should be on the Shorewood Patch since I am sure some of the people of Shorewood don't read the Joliet Patch. Either way can't wait to find out when they will open.
Rozeeta October 12, 2012 at 06:14 PM
OMG! I love this place!!! Cant wait for them to open!
Brandon April 15, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Today they opened! Overall impressions: The food was decent. Fries were a bit on the soggy side. They had PLENTY of staff, but it still seemed to take a lot longer than it should. I was surprised that they don't have a drive thru. You can order online or call ahead. I had a bacon cheeseburger, little fries and a drink and it was just under $14 with tax. Burger was big (I think I will get the little one next time) and you can have all the toppings you want for free. The price is a kinda high, but this was my first time at one of their places, so I was not familiar with their pricing. No combo meals, everything is prices separately. I would go again, but not on a regular basis because of the prices. I heard many people are glad they opened this location, so I am sure it will be a busy one for them. Try it out, and then comment. I would like to see more reviews.
Mike H April 15, 2013 at 07:09 PM
@Brandon, i agree and disagree with your comments. The $14 for bacon cheeseburger, fries and drink is just too much. But i had the same thing and found the food very good. And i wondered the same thing "no combo meals" ?

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