Five Guys at the Top of the List

Washington-based burger joint ranks as fastest growing in the country

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Five Guys is the fastest -- the fastest growing food chain in the country, that is.

Technomic, a consulting firm, put the Washington-based burger and fries restaurant at the top with $453 million in sales last year. That is a 50 percent hike from the year before. (Perhaps President Barack Obama's visit to its Capitol Hill location last year helped give it a bump.) 
Other familiar names were Chipotle at #8 and Potbelly Sandwich Works at #10.
The gains among the top ten come despite the recession and annual sales declines among the 500 largest chains, reports the Washington Business Journal.
Five Guys opened its first restaurant in Arlington back in 1986.
It’s now frying up burgers in 550 locations across 35 states. In the Washington region, there are now 23 Five Guys.
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