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Breaking: Flatbush Avenue Five Guys is For Rent

Anybody want to buy a burger shop?

Many thanks to a tipster for sending along the above photo, of a "For Rent" sign that just went up in the window of the Five Guys on Park Place between Seventh and Flatbush Avenues.

It's a fairly new addition to the block, opening just over a year ago in the large space previously occupied by Park Heights Stationers. It was a lengthy, expensive buildout, and the rent on such a cavernous space (in such a prime location) must be astronomical. 5 Guys is an incredibly successful brand, however, so it's surprising to see that an outpost with such heavy foot traffic is presumably being shut down (unless different forces are at work here).

The manager I spoke with was unaware as to why the sign is up, but the number leads to Sol Goldman Investments, one of the city's largest private landowners.

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Better call Sol!

November 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPollos Hermano

My guess is that Sol is trying to see if he can get a higher rent for the space now that the arena's open. It doesn't sound like Five Guys is going to close, and they probably have a lease longer than one year. If he can't find a willing business, Five Guys stays. If he can, he'll buy out Five Guys.

November 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBen K.

The place is usually empty. I knew it would close as soon as they announced it. Terrible food, used to be okay.

The brand new Subway on 7th Avenue has zero customers, ever. I expect they will close within the year.

November 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhans

Perfect location for a yogurt shop!

November 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEric McClure

Pls. Open A SUPER FRO-YO in this space... 'Cause we need another Fro-yo opening!!

November 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJust Shlopin

I agree with the person who said it's always empty, despite being in one of the most optimal foot-traffic locations, and close to Barclay's Center. I've never eaten there, but the day last summer when i saw raw hamburger meat and fries strewn across the sidewalk (from the garbage), ended any plans i might have had to go there.

I hope it closes and they open some nice, cozy little cafe, which perhaps offers take-out food.

November 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterABB

Just one of those chains I have never tried and probably won't! If you live in the hood and want a great burger and fried there are options (might be cost a little more) but mostly I BBQ burgers at home and make a nice salad instead. The probability of eating out if I ever went to Barclay is non existent. I would eat somewhere else and walk over. It would seem that the possibility of another business coming in is not likely... seems like just the opening of a bidding war on real estate that well might have more value than owner ever imagined. We live in strange times.

November 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterportie

They're nothing special and there are about ten better burger options in the immediate neighborhood. A wonderful neighborhood standby in Park Heights Stationers had to close for this flavorless garbage. Can you imagine what would happen to this place if the rumored Shake Shack were to open in the hood?

As for great cafes with take-out, while I understand the value of having one near every subway stop, the best one ever exists in Hungry Ghost nearby,

November 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMr. Manoo


November 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNew Pony

Hope you're right about Subway, hans. I like 234 Burger on Flatbush. Five Guys has really poor quality control - good sometimes & awful others.

November 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrkd

Same thing happening at this moment at the Flatbush/Fulton Street location!!!

February 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJim J

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