Five Guys Burger and Fries, a Virginia-based chain, plans to open a store at 2000 W. 31st St., sharing a building with existing tenants D3 Sports and UPS Store and adjacent to On the Border near Home Depot and Best Buy.
The restaurant will be the chain's 292nd. Owners of the franchise for the Lawrence area are Dustin and Kathy Walker, and Mike and Holly Richey.
Signs already are up and gaining attention, said Kelly Kriegh, who will be general manager. He plans to hire 36 to 40 employees for the place that will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
Five Guys, founded in 1986, offers cooked-to-order burgers, kosher hot dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches and other fare, plus buckets of peanuts for people to nibble on while they wait.
"It's an open kitchen," Kriegh said. "Everything's grilled, well done."
The store is expected to open by the end of June, Kriegh said.
For more information, visit www.fiveguys.com.