American burger chain Five Guys is coming to Britain.
Sir Charles Dunstone, who made his first fortune as the founder of Carphone Warehouse, has formed a joint venture with the fast food giant’s parent company that plans to open its first UK outlets next year, according to the Sunday Times.
Five Guys is credited with making burgers fashionable again in the United States. Barak Obama presented himself as a man of the people during his presidential campaign with a photo call at one of its restaurants.
Dunstone, who is worth £680 million, according to the Sunday Times Rich List, has created a 50/50 joint venture with Five Guys that will open its first restaurant in London.
The chain opened its 1000th store in the United States this year, making it one of the fastest growing franchises in the world.
The brand specialises in quality burgers that can be ordered in hundreds of combinations, requiring a more flexible kitchen with equipment including automatic bread ovens joining the more common grills and fryers. Details of approved suppliers have not been disclosed.