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With Smashburger closed, Five Guys reportedly coming to Highland Heights

Smashburger opened in Highland Heights in 2011.

by Robin Gee

The first Northern Kentucky area Smashburger franchise has closed, paving the way for another burger franchise to open in the same location. 

Smashburger, located at 2517 Wilson Avenue in the same Highland Heights commercial complex as Chipotle, has closed permanently. The burger franchise was the first of its kind in Northern Kentucky as was one of the primary tenants of the commercial property, which opened in 2011.

This week at the December 7 meeting of the Highland Heights City Council, City Engineer and Zoning Administrator Dave Whitacre announced some good news. 

"I got a call. As you know, Smashburger is out of business," Whitacre reported to council. "Five Guys is going to go in there. And they should be opened by March."

Five Guys Burgers and Fries is a fast casual chain focused on hamburgers, hot dogs, and French fries, and headquartered in Lorton, Virginia. The first Five Guys restaurant opened in 1986 in Arlington County, Virginia, and by 2001, the chain had expanded to five locations throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area.

In early 2003, the chain began franchising, beginning a period of rapid expansion. In a year and a half, permits had been sold for over 300 franchised locations and as of 2016, Five Guys had over 1,500 locations open worldwide, with 1,500 locations under development.

The company will move into the building formerly occupied by Smashburger at 2517 Wilson Avenue.

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The Highland Heights location will join other Five Guys Northern Kentucky locations at Newport on the Levee and in Florence. There are also five locations across the river in Cincinnati. 

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No further details were available, but Fort Thomas Matters will update as the story unfolds.

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