ONTARIO -- Two new restaurant chains are eyeing August for the grand opening of Ontario franchises.
Richard Beil, CFO of Five Guys franchisee Wholesome Enterprises LLC, confirmed the burgers and fries chain’s newest location will open next month, or at the very latest, by Labor Day.
The new franchise will be located in the strip mall at 994 N. Lexington-Springmill Road, opposite Panda Express.
The company has been looking to open a Five Guys in Ontario for years. According to Beil, customers from Richland County often visit the Wooster location and have asked for a Five Guys closer to home.
“When we opened our Wooster location, we would get a lot of customers coming from that area,” Beil said. “We’ve been on the search for a while now to get a space in that area and come closer to our customers from that vicinity.”
Ontario zoning director Adam Gongwer can attest to the city’s excitement. His office has been inundated with questions since he became a city employee a year and a half ago.
“The Five Guys has probably my number one phone call,” he said. “I think they’re going to be busy as soon as they open.”
Beil said the company is eager to set up shop in Ontario.
“This is actually quite exciting for us to get to that intersection and region. It’s very vibrant, a lot of different businesses and a lot of consumers,” he said.
Five Guys isn’t the only new eatery coming to town. Pulp Juice and Smoothie Bar will be sandwiched between Panda Express and Five Guys.
Adam Grayber, owner and manager of the Ontario franchise, confirmed that his plans are to open sometime during the month of August.
Pulp Juice and Smoothie Bar is an Ohio-based chain that offers fruit and veggie smoothies, freshly squeezed juice and made-to-order wraps, salads and energy bowls. Guests can also try wheatgrass and ginger shots.