One of the few burger restaurants located near Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus closed permanently Tuesday, officials said.
Five Guys Burgers and Fries ( located at 6477 N. Sheridan Road) posted a sign on its door announcing the location’s closing.
“We apologize for the inconvenience, but this location is now permanently closed,” the sign read. “We appreciate all the love and business over the years.”
The store’s general manager said the decision to close was made because the lease ended after six years and they didn’t renew it, but wouldn’t provide any further details.
The restaurant is known for their heavy-on-the-toppings burgers, and hand-cut french fries fried in peanut oil.
Some Loyola students expressed disappointment with the loss of the restaurant.
“I’m very upset,” said Kora Elms Fleming, an 18-year-old first-year who’s majoring in political science. “The burgers and the fries are my favorite thing ever, and this sucks. … Where the heck am I going to get my burgers now?”
Savvy Rankin, a first-year nursing major from Madison, Wisconsin, also said she’s sad to see the Five Guys go.
“I was really excited when they had a Five Guys [near campus] because I have one at home and I love it,” the 18-year-old said.
The first Five Guys location opened in Washington D.C. in 1986 by three brothers who were advised to either go to college or start a business, according to the franchise’s website. In 2003, after two more brothers joined the business, the “five guys” began to franchise across the United States. Today, the company has more than 1,600 locations worldwide.
Madelyn DeAndrade, an 18-year-old biology major, said she’s going to miss the milkshakes at Five Guys.
“They’re really good with the fries,” the first-year said.
The two Five Guys locations closest two Loyola are now at 3315 W. Touhy Ave. and 2368 N. Clark St., the sign read.