Sunday, August 24, 2014

Here It Comes!

From time to time we have blogged about the sacrifices made when we moved to Montana, notable among them, forgoing Dunkin' Donuts. We also toil through existence in a Slurpee free zone (no Seven Elevens), and had to give up our Five Guys habit.

Going cold turkey on Five Guys proved most difficult. Accordingly, when I traveled to Bismarck, North Dakota, last winter, I trudged through a blizzard for Five Guys. When we got down to Huntsville, Texas last Christmas and then in June, Five Guys was our first commercial establishment stop. Whenever we motor to or through western Montana, I put a jog in our route to ensure we go through Missoula, which has been home to the only Five Guys in Montana. You get the drift.  

We came to Five Guys early and naturally. The first store was actually located in our tiny neighborhood Westmont shopping center in Arlington Virginia. Its buns were supplied by our local neighborhood bakery, Brenner's, also once located therein.  A Virginia blogger relates:

Original Five Guys at Columbia Pike and
South Glebe Road, Arlington, Virginia.
In 1986, while living in Arlington and working out of Washington, DC, we tried a new burger joint that had just opened in a run-down strip mall at the intersection of Glebe Road and Columbia Pike, not far from the Pentagon.
That burger joint, started by a husband and wife with four sons, was called Five Guys.
Five Guys sold burgers and fries based on a simple formula: Cooked from scratch food served quickly. The tasty burgers and boardwalk-style fries.
We loved simple food places with fare served at reasonable prices: Bob & Edith’s Diner on Columbia Pike, Hard Times Cafe — a chili parlor — in Alexandria, Whiteys on Washington Boulevard and — after just one visit — Five Guys.
The first time we ate in a Five Guys was around 2002-2003. By then the original location had closed and moved to larger quarters, just outside of Arlington, in Alexandria, at the corner of King and Beauregard streets. It was recommended by friends. One meal and I was hooked. Preparing the fries in peanut oil is brilliant. The founders opened three or four additional stores in Northern Virginia that were gangbusters patronized. We picked up the vibe that the business was franchising. Teresa said we should get on board. I scoffed citing risk and insecurity. Now 2,500 locations later, all I can say is "What a stupid I am."

This morning I was paging through the one Listserv from back in Arlington that hasn't thrown me off for moving out of town, and saw this posting.

That made me wonder if Five Guys has expanded beyond Missoula in Montana. So I went to the corporate website, and, there it was, Bozeman is coming, voila! 

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Coming Soon!
2855 North 19th Ave, Suite I
Bozeman, MT 57915
Hours: 11am-10pm Every Day

Mountain View Shopping Center

2415 US-93 N
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: 406-752-4567
Hours: 11am - 10pm Every Day


820 East Broadway
Missoula, MT 59801
Phone: 406-830-3262
Fax: 406-830-3263
Hours: 11am - 10pm Every Day

So when the wife and the girls stock up craft or baking supplies at Michaels (they are in Suite B) or discount shop at Ross Dress for Less (Suite A) I will be a willing chauffeur on account of the culinary attraction nearby.  

Please be advised Five Guys that we are a potato growing valley. We expect locally grown, fresh Gallitan Valley potatoes sourced in our fries. We know you will be true.


Update, August 30, 2014.

A local news outlet announced the coming of Five Guys on Facebook (in Bozeman 100 likes and a couple of dozen comments is huge) to an overwhelming response.

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