Service Industry

Five Guys plans approved


PLATTSBURGH — Plans to bring a Five Guys Burger and Fries and TCBY to the former Mangia's property continue to move forward.

David White, president of Albany-based White Management, said he closed on the deal to sell the former Mangia property to Hada Plattsburgh LLC late last week. 

"I think they (Five Guys) will be a credit to the community," he said.

Bill Rabbit, director of operations for the Hada Group, said work is expected to start soon.

"We're looking, hopefully, for a June or July opening," he said. 

The project still needs State Department of Transportation approval for its access to Route 3. They have had talks with DOT, Rabbit said, and he doesn't expect approval to be a major issue.

He said they will probably hire a general manager, two assistant managers and between 25 and 30 full- and part-time employees.

The Hada Group had previously received City Planning Board approval to locate at the former Carsana's location near the intersection of Cornelia and Broad streets. It backed off that plan due to concerns about below-ground contamination from a service station that used to be located on the property.

The Hada Group has eight Five Guys franchises located between Glenmont and Queensbury, as well as four TCBY franchises. The Five Guys restaurant closest to Plattsburgh is in South Burlington, Vt.

Five Guys was founded in Arlington, Va., in 1986. The company started to offer franchises in 2003 and now has more than 1,000 locations in 47 states and six provinces in Canada.

The company offers hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese, veggie sandwiches and french fries. Burgers feature only fresh ground beef, as there are no freezers in each restaurant, only coolers. The fries are cooked in pure peanut oil.

Diners can opt for any combination of 15 available toppings at no extra charge. The chain states there are more than 250,000 combinations.

Five Guys also offers its customers free bulk, in-shell peanuts. All items on the menu are free of transfats.

Gift cards and apparel are also available.

TCBY (The Country's Best Yogurt) was founded in Arkansas in 1981. There are now more than 450 locations across the nation.

The chain offers soft-serve and hand-scooped frozen yogurt, smoothies, shakes, sundaes and cakes. Fruits, nuts, syrups and other toppings are also available.

Plattsburgh Town Supervisor Bernie Bassett said he was pleased to hear the project is moving forward. 

"We're happy to have them coming to the Town of Plattsburgh and bringing a number of jobs with them," he said. "These are names people will recognize."

Email Dan Heath: dheath@press