The team bringing burger chain Five Guys to Belfast say Derry is “an obvious location” for their second restaurant.
The three brothers who have brought the chain to the north are looking at the possibility of opening at a further two NI locations, following the launch in Belfast.
The Desmond brothers are launching their first restaurant at the Victoria Square complex on Monday, creating 55 jobs in the process.
However, in an interview with the Belfast Telegraph, brothers Brett (38), Ross (33) and Dery (27) spoke about their grand plans to open 10 of the US-owned chain of restaurants in the next couple of years.
Five Guys is eyeing up Derry next, with other outlets to soon follow.
“Our initial plan is 10 in Ireland and Northern Ireland. I would say we would like to open three or four, maybe five, in Dublin, dependent on locations,” Ross said.
“Londonderry is an obvious choice, and we are definitely targeting there - but it is site-dependent.
“We would hope to have another one in Northern Ireland by the end of next year, and then another one the year after,” Brett added.
Five Guys first launched in the US back in 1986. Since then, it has grown to have more than 1,200 outlets.
The expansion into Ireland and Northern Ireland comes after the chain landed in Great Britain two years ago.
Five Guys prides itself on not using freezers, with triple-cooked fries made fresh each day.
It offers a simple range of burgers with a range of topping, along with a selection of customised milkshakes.