The former Friendly Phil’s burger joint is being refurbished and will be given a new lease of life…as a burger joint.
Sitting on the corner of St Peter’s Street and St Peter’s Grove, the unit is currently being prepared for reopening as a restaurant in the Five Guys chain.
The company was founded in America in the 1980s and began to branch out across the globe in the 2000s.
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Five Guys first appeared in the UK in 2013.
It now has a total of 80 restaurants across the UK and and is renowned for its burgers made with fresh meat, freshly cooked buns, fries and milkshakes.
The organisation is currently undergoing a period of expansion with new restaurants opening up in Maidstone, Chelmsford and Canary Wharf.
There are already outlets at the Bluewater shopping centre and Westwood Cross in Broadstairs.
As well as burgers, customers to the new Canterbury restaurant will be able to enjoy hotdogs, and sandwiches such as the BLT plus vegetarian options.
Five Guys prides itself on having a simple no nonsense approach to its food, uses only peanut oil for its cooking and rejects the use of frozen ingredients.
In 2011, then President of the United States Barack Obama was seen buying a burger at a Five Guys outlet in Washington DC.
Five Guys will be competing with Canterbury’s existing burger outlets including the Gourmet Burger Kitchen just a few feet away in St Peter’s Street and Byron Burger in Burgate plus the numerous pubs and takeaways which offer the American classic.
As well as being Friendly Phil’s the building Five Guys will operate was previously the Andy 88 Cafe and for years was famous as independent music store Richard’s Records.