International Burger Joint Five Guys Now Open

THE international burger joint Five Guys officially opened today (Monday 7 December) in Liverpool’s Queen Square It is the first tenant to open in the former Rat and Parrot pub, part of Promenade Estates’ £1m transformation of the building in to a retail and leisure complex. The scheme has seen the 14,500 sq ft building redesigned and fitted with aluminium cladding, LED lighting and will feature an outdoor roof terrace. The works were undertaken on behalf of Promenade Estates by W H Snow. It joins Nando’s, La Tasca and Buffalo Jacks amongst the restaurant offering at Queen Square in the St George’s Quarter. The restaurant is famous for its casual fast-food mantra, as well as its freshly made, fully customisable burgers, hand-cut fries and milkshakes. The group has more than 1,200 locations in the US and has taken the UK by storm, with a total of 31 restaurants opening since 2013. The Covent Garden branch is one of the busiest of all the Five Guys restaurants in the world, despite only opening its doors two years ago. Daniel Hynd, managing director of Promenade Estates, says: “The regeneration of the Rat and Parrot pub is part of the next phase of growth for Queen Square, so it’s brilliant to see the first tenant up and running, especially a fast growing international brand like Five Guys. “It is an exciting, family-run company that have taken off as one of the most successful restaurant brands in the world. The feedback we’ve had from the Liverpool public has been fantastic, so we’re thrilled to finally see it open.” Announcing the plans to launch in Liverpool earlier this year, John Eckbert, UK CEO for Five Guys, said: “Five Guys is very excited to be launching in Liverpool – one of England’s proudest and most important cities. Queen Square is a hub of activity from playhouses to galleries, attracting the kinds of customers that will be looking for our fresh burgers and fries.”