Burger fans in our area have yet another thing to be happy about: Five Guys Burgers is coming to Riverbank.
The Washington, D.C.-based fast casual chain shows a “coming soon” site at Oakdale and Claribel roads, seemingly confirming a rumor we have been hearing that the restaurant is going into the Crossroads shopping center.
Molly Catalano, spokeswoman for Five Guys, said she couldn’t confirm the location, but if everything works out, the restaurant plans to open a site in that area by March.
Five Guys has a cultlike following among burger fans. According to its website, there are more than 250,000 ways to order a burger there.
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What with the recently opened Habit Burger, Fuddruckers and, of course, longtime West Coast favorite In-N-Out, there are a plethora of choices for burgers in the Northern San Joaquin Valley. And those are just the chain restaurants – we are blessed with plenty of fabulous independent burger joints. Off the top of my head, I can think of George’s, Lula’s, Rockin’ B’s and Alcatraz. And I can’t tell you how many Fast Eddie’s MOABs I had in high school – I need to get back there. And there’s the iconic Scenic Drive-In, which hopefully will reopen after fire damage soon.
Have I missed any? Where is your favorite spot to grab a burger? Give me a call or send me an email; I will keep you posted on the results of this most informal of polls.
Elsewhere around the Business Beat:
It’s always fun to report about local businesses doing well. That is the case with KitchenCRATE, started in 2010 as a custom remodeling company by Modestans Scott Monday and Jared Oller.
The KitchenCRATE concept came about two years later. As Monday put it, he and Oller identified a market for the work: “We thought there would continue to be a need for a value proposition,” he said. “You can get your $75,000 or $100,000 custom remodel, or you can go and get your really low-dollar guy working out of his pickup truck for $5,000 or $7,000 that takes four months of your life.”
KitchenCRATE is in the middle: It offers remodeling for roughly $13,000, done in a week. Since then, they have expanded into BathCRATE, as well as shorter and longer-term projects.
Now, Monday said, they are taking the next step of franchising the business. They recently started promoting the idea, and response has already started.
“We’ve had good website traffic and downloads of our info guide,” he said. “We have two interested parties taking the next steps with us in the Tri-Valley area. ... It’s kind of exciting.”
The owners will continue to run the Modesto location themselves.
“We need a spot where we can do testing and see it in action every day,” Monday said.
And finally, some welcome news for local runners.
Fleet Feet, a Stockton running store, will open its Modesto location this month.
According to a post on the store’s Facebook page, Fleet Feet Modesto opens Nov. 27. The store is at 1427 Standiford Ave. Just in time for holiday shopping!