Five Guys Manchester Business School

Five Guys opened at Manchester University Green in the summer of 2018 as part of the university’s new development project. This is the U.S. burger chains first site on a U.K. university campus and will be the third to join the city of Manchester – the others being at the Arndale Centre and Trafford Centre. The opening created 35 new local jobs, seats 66 people, and is the perfect spot for students to enjoy a meal, work and relax in-between their classes.

“This is a really exciting project to have been a part of as it was the brands first UK university site. It is a great location and it will be a real winner with students. It’s a fantastic addition to the campus.”

Tony Ball - Project Manager of Five Guys Manchester Business School

The concept

Five Guys is a build-your-own burger concept that uses a wide range of toppings and sauces. The chain prides itself on being able to serve 250,000 possible burger and hotdog combinations. All the burgers are handcrafted and made to order, even the fries are hand cut each morning and cooked in peanut oil. Aside from burgers, Five Guys are also famous for their milkshakes. The milkshakes are entirely customisable with a number of ‘mixes’ to choose from including: peanut butter, chocolate, Oreo cookies, and bacon…yes bacon!

The challenges of working at a univeristy

Five Guys Manchester Business School is in the middle of the university block which meant that we had to install a system to eliminate all perceptible traces of smoke, grease and odour. I think it’s safe to say that a Five Guys kitchen is the focal point of any restaurant the brand has, so it is important that our equipment fits in with the look and feel of all Five Guys sites. We installed a 7.1m Canopy Containment Air (CCA) hood which is the most efficient and effective product to ensure that smoke and grease to not spill out into the restaurant itself. We also installed red duct work, in line with the brands famous red, around the restaurant to ensure that the restaurant is kept cool and comfortable at all times.

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