Five Guys celebrates Christiansburg birthday
The Christiansburg location of Five Guys Burgers and Fries officially came to life Tuesday and now shares a birthday with one of its biggest fans.
The restaurant, which boasts of more than 250,000 ways a customer can order a burger, was slated to open at 11 a.m., but was forced to delay the opening over an hour due to what general manager Josh Shonts called a “power glitch.”
Once the doors did open, the workers found close to 50 people ready to order and among them 82-year-old T.G. Gearheart, sporting his oversized birthday button and ribbon that read “39 Forever.”
“I’ve been 39 for 43 years,” T.G. Gearheart told one of the employees.
Gearheart’s wife, Marychapman, said they’d been excited for months about the restaurant opening because of its close proximity to Wheatland Hills Assisted Living, where Gearheart now lives.
According to Marychapman Gearheart, the two, along with their daughter Sara, have been big Five Guys fans for years because of the restaurant’s consistent nature no matter its location.
“He knows this is the place where he gets his peanuts,” Marychapman Gearheart said.
She added that she’d originally thought the opening was in July, but was actually very happy to see it delayed.
“I thought, ‘That’s great. That’s his birthday, what a neat treat,” she said.
On Tuesday, T.G. Gearheart did in fact get a treat — a custom-made hamburger hand-delivered by a Five Guys employee and accompanied by a rousing birthday cheer from the rest of the workers.
The new Five Guys venue is located in the Spradlin Farm shopping center and is open Sunday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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