LAKEVIEW — A burger chain known for its heaps of toppings and well-seasoned fries closed its sole Lakeview location Saturday.
Five Guys Burgers and Fries closed at 3219 N. Broadway after five years in East Lakeview, one block north of Belmont Avenue.
The burger joint opened there in April 2011, replacing half of Chicago Sweat Shop. UFC Gym occupies the southern end of the storefront.
A sign at Five Guys details the closure and shares nearby locations. [DNAinfo/Ariel Cheung]
The franchisee did not respond to an inquiry into why the location was closing or whether he would reopen in a different spot.
Six locations remain in Chicago in Lincoln Park, Hyde Park, Rogers Park, South Loop and West Loop. Most are located near college campuses like Loyola or DePaul universities.
Five Guys founder Jerry Murrell opened his first restaurant in 1986 in search of the perfect burger. He and his five sons read French cookbooks, testing out recipes for the best French fries (they chose peanut oil).
The chain's 1,000 locations in 49 states and the District of Columbia all feature a simple menu, with burgers that come with a dozen optional free toppings. Along with the fries, a couple of sandwiches and hot dogs, the menu touts low-priced items made with simple ingredients.
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