High five! Five Guys Burgers opens in Georgetown

High five! Five Guys Burgers opens in Georgetown
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He’ll take fries with that!

Booming Georgetown is now even hotter with a new Five Guys Burgers and Fries restaurant that just opened in the neighborhood’s eponymous shopping center on Ralph Avenue on Oct. 18 — and locals are already salivating over the eatery’s juicy burgers and salty fries as a delicious new grub option in the close-knit community, said the president of the Georgetown Civic Association.

“I usually get their bacon cheeseburger with fries,” said Adam Diamond. “Everybody in the civic is very excited about it, the community is very excited about it.”

Diamond said his civic group had actually written to head honchos at the higher-end fast food chain about two years ago to see if it could open up a storefront in up-and-coming Georgetown, but he had heard only radio silence since then, so it was a nice surprise to see it was officially opening, said Diamond.

“There were rumors that Five Guys was coming in, and on behalf of the civic, I put in a request to corporate headquarters to have a Five Guys come into Georgetown — it was when there were a lot of empty stores, we figured that there’s no real speciality burger places in the neighborhood,” he said. “And I also love Five Guys so I also personally wanted it.”

Georgetown — bounded by Ralph, Bergen, and Veterans avenues — boasts an International House of Pancakes, China Star Buffet, a now-defunct Payless shoe store, and Five Below (a discount store not to be confused with Five Guys).

But its residents also welcomed a Fairway Market back in January, only the second in Brooklyn, which likely attracts shoppers from way beyond little-known Georgetown. It would be great if Five Guys also boosts the neighborhood’s wider reputation, said Diamond, but it’s mostly just a win for folks in the community.

“I think Fairway is more of a store where people go to shop and come from a distance,” he said. “I think Five Guys is more for local residents, more people coming locally, or if they are shopping at Fairway, they will go to Five Guys to grab something.”

Five Guys (2159 Ralph Avenue between Avenues K and L in Georgetown) Opened Oct. 18.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.