BIZNOTE: New restaurant for Westwood Village

More than three years after Payless Shoe Source closed its store on the south side of Westwood Village, its sign finally came down recently. Now we know why: A new tenant is listed for the space. the burgers-and-fries chain Five Guys. (Yes, right next to McDonald’s.) This is revealed via an update to the map and directory maintained by the center’s new ownership/management firm, Shopcore Properties (although the logo version used on the site map may not be the one they intended). Shopcore has also used the map/directory to announce other on-the-way-to-Westwood businesses including Pet Supplies Plus and America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses. This would be Five Guys’ 14th location in the greater Seattle metro area. According to a company factsheet, Five Guys started with a Washington, D.C.-area burger joint in the ’80s and started expanding nationwide in the early 2000s. We have an inquiry out to the company asking about the timeline for opening here.

81 Replies to "BIZNOTE: New restaurant for Westwood Village"

  • Pietro May 31, 2022 (4:10 pm)

    Darn.  I was hoping for a pizza joint.

    • Boop May 31, 2022 (6:41 pm)

      Hahaha!!  I get it!!! Oh, the 80’s….

    • DAFFY May 31, 2022 (11:09 pm)

      MOD Pizza !

    • West Seattle local June 1, 2022 (1:49 pm)

      I was hoping for a Panera 

  • Justin May 31, 2022 (4:25 pm)

    Is there a WSB post of yore that could enlighten me as to why there’s no Dick’s in West Seattle? 

    • WSB May 31, 2022 (4:51 pm)

      Mostly, they just haven’t decided to move here. Might be the criteria they listed in this post about the 2017 vote:

    • Ken May 31, 2022 (5:29 pm)

      @ Justin – The scuttlebutt from an employee during one of their food truck stops in West Seattle is that Dick’s will not entertain the prospect of opening any more locations within the Seattle city limits.  Not surprising really considering the city’s current political climate and lawlessness in so many neighborhoods. Disappointing for sure, but absolutely not surprising.

      • Amy May 31, 2022 (5:54 pm)

        Hi- just wondering if the employee stated Dick’s won’t move into Seattle because of the political climate and lack of laws, or just your personal take.

      • aa May 31, 2022 (6:14 pm)

        It seems like a leap to connect no more locations within city limits to your perception of Seattle’s  “political climate and lawlessness”.  Do you even know the political affiliation of the owners and management of Dicks?  To me the more realistic intention would be to reach more people who don’t have access to the Seattle locations. 

      • Rumbles May 31, 2022 (6:21 pm)

        We can’t have nice things….

      • K May 31, 2022 (6:32 pm)

        That comment from the employee seems rather disingenuous. Though the Spady family have some well-known outspoken conservative family members who receive robust media attention making statements like the one you heard, they continue to run 5 locations in the city limits, and are even remodeling one now. If it was that bad and their businesses were suffering, why would they continue to invest in Seattle? (I’m glad they do, I was just there yesterday!)

      • Falcon May 31, 2022 (9:45 pm)

        Political climate and lawlessness.. hahaha.. get the hell out of here with that crap. No restaurant is making decisions based on right wing perceived atmosphere of Seattle. Capitalism says if there is money to be made, it will be made. If Dick’s saw a market for it, they would do it. No one is out protesting Dick’s because they hate Republicans!

      • Seagull June 1, 2022 (8:09 am)

        Cheeseburgers are American.

  • Bus rider May 31, 2022 (4:25 pm)

    Looking forward to Five Guys! I like their burgers.

    • ricky June 2, 2022 (12:30 pm)


  • KT May 31, 2022 (4:32 pm)

    So weird McDonalds does not have an exclusive in their lease for that property.

    • Auntie May 31, 2022 (5:11 pm)

      Well, Westwood Village management is bringing in another pet supply store when we already have PetPros. I guess they have to take what they can get and hope it works out.

    • Anne May 31, 2022 (5:35 pm)

      So glad they don’ having a burger alternative to McDonalds at WWV. 

    • HS May 31, 2022 (6:41 pm)

      It’s because McDonalds, Target and the Post Office are not part of Westwood Village. 

    • k1dwest June 1, 2022 (12:58 pm)

      having a five guys will have 0 affect on Mcdonalds, five guys is a gourmet burger and more pricey then mcdonalds nobody goes to Mickey D’s because they have the best food they go because its quick and cheap.

  • Also John May 31, 2022 (5:21 pm)

    Yes!!!!…..they have great burgers.  Much better than their neighbor.

    • Want Lies with That? May 31, 2022 (6:57 pm)

      But who has the better and saltier “lies”?  (If you don’t get it, then check out the GIF that the landlord picked to share the tenant’s logo.)  Nice catch West Seattle Blog!

  • Buddy May 31, 2022 (5:47 pm)

    Another pet store how flipping stupid, there’s already a pet store and plus target and many people now buy pet items on Amazon.  It will be interesting to see how long 5 guys make it at this location because I thought many years ago one went into down Alki on a corner building where the old Alki Bakery was or some place like that and didn’t last in that location for very long.  would be 100% better to just put in a Red Robin Restaurant! Or something like that a real restaurant!

    • WSB May 31, 2022 (6:49 pm)

      No, that was Fatburger that closed after a three-year Alki run.

    • datamuse May 31, 2022 (7:31 pm)

      There used to be a Keg in Westwood, where the Rite Aid is now.

      • Auntie May 31, 2022 (7:49 pm)

        I wanna jump in my time machine and go to The Red Baron!

        • Herongrrrl June 1, 2022 (2:57 am)

          Aw, yeah. That was the “fancy” restaurant my folks took me to when I was little. Thanks for the reminder!

    • Jim P. June 1, 2022 (2:20 pm)

      Would love to see a coffee shop/Denny’s/IHOP/whatever in the Village.  I still miss that little cafe where the wing place is.Not sure we need two pet stores in one small shopping center.  Lots of other things we could use more.  Hardware store would sure be nice or furniture.

  • M.B. May 31, 2022 (6:00 pm)

    I’ll still be going down the road to a locally owned smaller business like Boss  Zippy’s or Lil Woody’s.

    • Anne May 31, 2022 (6:42 pm)

      Good for you-I go to those places too-but I also like Five Guys-so if I’m at WWV & want a burger that’s where I’ll go. If I’m out & around -I’ll head to one of those others -laces. I keep hoping WWV will entice some new business to move in-that could help turn it into a more vibrant shopping mall.Might be whistling into the wind with that expectation-but maybe a franchise like Five Guys can be a first step.

    • East Coast Cynic June 1, 2022 (6:50 am)

      Boss isn’t really worth the trouble – burgers about the size of a small drink coaster, with minimal fixings and taste.  Plus you have to wait too long for the burgers.

    • Katrina June 1, 2022 (1:35 pm)

      Fantastic flame broiled burgers at Wanna Burger & Teriyaki at 16th & Holden. Seriously. We never go anywhere else for a burger craving, and the onion rings are amazing also

  • Buddy May 31, 2022 (8:25 pm)

    $10.00 for a cheeseburger. That’s a lot of money. Especially for people who ordered fries and drink to go with it. I have never eaten there before and probably never will. Hopefully they are employing a guard to patrol the hamburger place since West Wood Village Area has had lots of problems in the past.  It will be interesting to to have two hamburgers places so close together. I guess people who want a hamburger with onion rings they can drive up the hill to White Center area to go to Lil Woodys. On the plus side this hamburger place has parking, which is a real pain if you try to go to Lil Woody’s and it’s also expensive to eat at. 

    • Christopher Boffoli June 1, 2022 (6:48 am)

      $10.00 is objectively NOT a lot of money for a cheeseburger. But I understand that it might seem that way to some who might not understand the economics of low cost, fast food burgers, which involves a significant amount of government subsidies,  unnatural feedlot practices, exploitation of workers who don’t earn a living wage, and massive costs to the environment and to human health.  

      • Auntie June 1, 2022 (2:59 pm)

        I beg to differ. $10 IS A LOT for a cheeseburger. You can get a really good one at Zippy’s, Habit, Lil Woody’s – any of those for way less than $10. And none of them have the nasty practices to which you allude.  Sorry Five Guys, but you have priced yourselves out of quite a few customers. Check your local demographic and location. This isn’t Alki.

        • Westwood June 1, 2022 (11:28 pm)

          Might want to check the price next time you’re at Zippy’s. A Zip Royale, which is comparable to a Five Guy’s cheeseburger, is $11.75. Don’t get me wrong, I love Zippy’s, but I would not describe them as inexpensive. 

          • zark00 June 2, 2022 (10:42 am)

            Zip Royale is a double burg – but yer still right and Auntie is 100% wrong. Zippy’s is still slightly more expensive than 5-guys. Regular Zip w/ cheese is $8, Reg cheese burger at 5-Guys is $7.69.  

          • Auntie June 2, 2022 (1:16 pm)

            I just looked at Five Guys Tukwila menu. Regular cheeseburger is $10.29. A ZipBurger with cheese is $8.00.

        • Westwood June 2, 2022 (6:58 pm)

          You have to compare apples to apples. A Zip burger is a single patty, comparable to a Five Guys Little CheeseBurger, which is $7.99. Their regular burger IS a double. 

    • shotinthefoot June 1, 2022 (10:01 am)

      I wouldn’t classify McDonalds as a “burger place” – there is really nothing similar about what they serve. For instance, 5 Guys serves FOOD. McDonalds? Not sure what that is exactly. 

  • KD May 31, 2022 (8:37 pm)

    Five Guys is better tasting and healthier than ‘the neighbor’ burger place, good fries too, but with all the open spaces at WWV.. ANYWHERE in WS or WC is needed a good and quality sit down Chinese Restaurant with a large menu. Now with Mr. Lee’s recent closure, there’s practically no-thing of just good Chinese in WSea!! 

    • Rick June 1, 2022 (5:29 am)

      Um, New Luck Toy? 

      • Auntie June 1, 2022 (10:22 am)

        Only if it’s like the original – not the New Mock Toy…

      • East Coast Cynic June 1, 2022 (1:01 pm)

        I’m still waiting for New Luck Toy to activate their online take out menu and expand the menu so it is a full fledged Chinese Restaurant, not a bar that does a little Chinese on the side.

        • James June 1, 2022 (9:36 pm)

          Can the bar be what it wants to be? Jeeze

        • Ely June 2, 2022 (4:27 pm)

          Even though the owner has repeatedly and clearly stated repeatedly that it is NOT a restaurant and is instead a bar that happens to serve good snacks? Weird entitlement you’ve got going on here.

      • Katrina June 1, 2022 (1:37 pm)

        Hardly a large menu, and definitely  not a traditional Chinese restaurant menu if that’s what some ( like Rick) is looking for. That said, we love their food.

    • zark00 June 2, 2022 (10:51 am)

      How is 5-guys healthier?  A regular burger no cheese at 5-guys is 840 calories, 43 grams of fat. A BigMac is 540 calories and 25 grams of fat.  Not saying MacDonalds is good, 5-guys is a lot better tasting, but don’t fool yourself that’s somehow healthier. 5-guys uses condiments with high fructose, full fat mayo, etc. etc. – it’s not healthier by any stretch of the imagination. 

  • Arbor Heights Resident May 31, 2022 (9:43 pm)

    Anyone else hoping for Red Robin to move to WWV?  That’d be a total game changer. 

    • ACG June 1, 2022 (8:58 am)

      My kids would love that!!!!

    • James June 1, 2022 (9:36 pm)

      No. Go to the Landing if you want tasteless chains. 

  • Trickycoolj May 31, 2022 (10:34 pm)

    Boss still has my heart.  Dub-C, Tub o Fries to share, and an M&M Blurry for the freezer for later.  Yum!

  • ACG June 1, 2022 (6:40 am)

    On the map/directory of WWV linked in the article, quite a few or the spaces are listed as “Smile Brands”. What is that?

    • Lalaaa June 1, 2022 (9:36 am)

      It’s Reflections Dental, we’re now affiliated with them we’re in the process on expanding.. I work in Westwood and the management has change so it’s probably why all these new businesses are coming in.

      • ACG June 1, 2022 (11:09 am)

        Thank you for the information!

      • Auntie June 1, 2022 (11:22 am)

        I go to Reflections Dental and they are great! I recommend them if you are looking for a new dentist close to home.

        • LALAAA June 1, 2022 (12:28 pm)

          OH now I’m curious as to who you are haha. The infamous Auntie is a patient We’re currently booked through July for new patients and Sept for cleanings. Just a heads up.

          • Auntie June 1, 2022 (12:46 pm)

            I’ll reveal that to you next time I’m in for cleaning!

  • Moongdaal June 1, 2022 (7:59 am)

    Great, more crappy fast food! Just what we need.

    • Westwood June 1, 2022 (10:46 am)

      Feel free not to patronize, any time. America!!!

  • LT June 1, 2022 (8:58 am)

    I just miss Taco del Mar. Not much lasts in Westwood. Poor Lamonts…or I mean Bed Bath and Beyond😅

  • John June 1, 2022 (10:10 am)

    Anyone hear what they’ll do with the old 24 hour space?  We really need a gym back bad!!

  • Crystal June 1, 2022 (11:01 am)

    Remember when ??? I have to show my age.   Remember when Burgers were 10¢ and cheeseburgers were 15¢ and they were better quality than any of them are now.

  • April June 1, 2022 (11:30 am)

    Yes! Happy dance!

  • Jen June 1, 2022 (11:55 am)

    Yesssssss love five guys! Woodys and Zippys are good too but sometimes I just want a chain (or hell – variety). This is a win! Now when are they opening?

  • Archie June 1, 2022 (12:35 pm)

    Planet Fitness and Panera Bread would be amazing in WWV

  • Lola June 1, 2022 (12:59 pm)

    Habit Burger is where I go since it is close to me.  Do not like Westwood Village since all I read is how peoples windows and cars get smashed out, or someone is always in Crisis in one of the stores or employees have to barricade themselves from someone trying to do something to them. 

  • skeeter June 1, 2022 (1:08 pm)

    While we’re talking about burgers – can we convince McDonald’s to bring back the $1.00 daily double?  I feel like that was a really good value.  Also, I miss the $1.00 sundae at McDonald’s.  Sigh.  

    • Steve June 1, 2022 (1:49 pm)

      the daily double was $1.99. perhaps you’re thinking of the double cheese, which I guess was $1 at some is doing you a favor.

  • ?? June 1, 2022 (1:57 pm)

    Wasn’t there talk of a Panda Express headed to Westwood?  What happened to that? 

    • WSB June 1, 2022 (5:13 pm)

      That was an early-stage filing we reported in 2013. Once in a rare while, early-stage projects don’t pan out. That space instead became a physical-therapy clinic (another booming business in WS these days).

  • anonyme June 1, 2022 (2:11 pm)

    Two burger joints, two pet supply stores, and two discount clothiers.  Westwood Village smells of desperation and some other things that aren’t too appetizing.

  • DaPuffin June 1, 2022 (2:20 pm)

    Is PetPros moving?   We shop there, yet another pet supply place coming in?

  • Rah June 1, 2022 (2:40 pm)

    Wish they would bring back the 24 hour fitness facility … not more fattening junk food .

    • LALAAA June 1, 2022 (3:19 pm)

      we were told an LA fitness might be taking over the old 24hr. People that work in WWV actually want more food option. Even a restaurant if possible now that Bed Bath is gone.

  • Stephanie June 1, 2022 (5:44 pm)

    Is there any info on the Bed Bath and Beyond space?

  • Paula June 1, 2022 (5:53 pm)

    Great – more junk food. Is that all anyone eats anymore.

  • waikikigirl June 1, 2022 (6:05 pm)

    Bring in Pita Pit…small Thai Chicken and a Lemonade!!!

  • Craig Threlkeld June 1, 2022 (7:31 pm)

    No one is being forced. I am a pretty good cook. I stay home if I need healthy food. Have you considered that?BTW, your lack of patronage won’t be noticed.

  • RJB June 1, 2022 (8:13 pm)

    I vote for a Sea Galley….heard they had crabs legs, yum!!! 

  • Armando June 2, 2022 (6:05 am)

    May I suggest a Hubby Daycare? A place where wives can leave their husbands while they shop.It would be cheap to operate, we just need a couple tv’s and few kegs of beer, maybe a few posters of old cars and. Guys could sit around and discuss real important issues like: The right  way to get a pickle out of a jar, best time to mow the lawn, exchange ideas on fishing rods and other real important issues. I personally would get married again so that I could join the Center and be in the company of the bros. 😂

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