OGDEN -- One nationally known hamburger chain is set to make a star-spangled debut in downtown Ogden and another is planning to eventually operate in Riverdale.
Five Guys Burgers and Fries plans to open around July 4 at 2325 Washington Blvd. in a portion of a building previously occupied by Santa Monica Pizza Company, said Steve Fishburn, the city's business development manager.
In addition, Irvine Calif.-based In-N-Out Burger has purchased the former Toys 'R' Us property at 4040 Riverdale Road for the eventual construction of an eatery, said Randy Daily, Riverdale community development administrator.
Ogden officials have been courting Five Guys for about six months, Fishburn said.
Officials with Five Guys, who could not be reached for comment, are impressed with the vitality of the downtown area, he added.
"They will draw a lot of people to downtown Ogden," Fishburn said.
The first Five Guys location opened in 1986 in Arlington, Va. Since then, the chain has expanded to more than 750 locations in more than 40 states and four Canadian provinces.
Five Guys has nine restaurants in Utah, in West Valley, Midvale, Sandy, Orem, St. George Bountiful, Layton, West Jordan and Olympus. Another is planned in American Fork.
Five Guys serves hamburgers that are handmade, toppings such as mushrooms and onions at no extra charge and fresh-cut fries.
In-N-Out-Burger finalized the purchase of the Toys 'R' Us property within the last several weeks, Daily said. In-N-Out Burger plans to build a new restaurant at the front of the property and may subdivide the Toys 'R' Us building for lease or sale, said Daily.
Construction of the In-N-Out Burger eatery may begin by the end of the year, said Daily. "They are excited about the Riverdale location. They spent extra money purchasing the Toys 'R' Us site, which means they really want to be here."
Officials with In-N-Out burger could not be reached for comment.