Five Guys Is Setting Up Shop In University City

Media Relations Contact:
Jennifer Rizzi, Communications Director
Penn Facilities & Real Estate Services

Five Guys will be serving its popular burgers, fries and shakes in its newest Philadelphia location at 3714 Spruce Street, anticipated to open in late Fall of 2021, announced Penn’s Division of Facilities & Real Estate Services. The new University City spot – a 2,296 square foot space – will be Five Guys’ fourth store in the city. With more than 1,700 restaurants, Five Guys has become a customer favorite worldwide.

Five Guys has been a Washington, D.C., area favorite since 1986 when Jerry and Janie Murrell advised their five sons to "Start a business or go to college.” The business route won out and shortly thereafter, the Murrell family proceeded to open up a carry-out burger joint in Arlington, Virginia. Since then, Five Guys has expanded and franchised throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, with University City becoming one of the latest spots where they are setting up shop.

“We are so excited to open a Five Guys on Spruce Street on the University of Pennsylvania campus,” said Molly Catalano, Chief Marketing Officer for Five Guys. “We look forward to serving our burgers, fries and shakes to students, faculty, staff and neighbors.”

Over the past 30 years, the Murrell family perfected their simple system for a dining experience that many can enjoy. Five Guys is the place to get a fresh, juicy burger with all the toppings you can stuff between fresh-baked buns. They pride themselves on serving ingredients hand-prepped daily, only the freshest ground beef (there are no freezers at locations), as well as fresh cut French fries, double-cooked in pure peanut oil. With over 250,000 ways to customize your burger, more than 1,000 milkshake combinations, and peanuts served while you wait, Five Guys is committed to serving our community a satisfying and made-to-order meal with each visit.

“Penn is always looking to add popular retail offerings to the district and enhance our eclectic mix of local and national dining options around campus,” said Ed Datz, Penn’s Executive Director of Real Estate. “Five Guys is a brand recognized for delivering on their fresh food experience and customized menu. We are excited that they have chosen our University City neighborhood to open up their next restaurant.”

Learn more about the story of Five Guys and their passion for hand-prepared fresh food at

MSC Retail represented the University of Pennsylvania in the transaction.

About SHOP PENN Retail District
Penn’s retail district offers an inspired, contemporary shopping and dining experience, open to all. Spanning ten city blocks from 30th to 40th Streets and across Spruce, Walnut, and Chestnut Streets, the district features more than 75 curated shopping and dining outlets immersed in the region’s most beautiful and historic university campus. The diverse collection of retail offerings—including national brands and independent shops—provides the highest quality options at every price point for the Penn community, surrounding neighborhoods, and beyond. Visit the SHOP PENN website for a full listing of retailers.