Five Guys Burgers and Fries opening in Groton

I've been driving by that sad, empty, silver diner in Groton everyday for months now, hoping that something exciting would open. You know the one I'm talking about - across the street from the Walmart on Rte. 184.

As long as I've lived here it's either been empty or held a series of mediocre greasy-spoon breakfast joints.

Well, the giant Dumpsters made an appearance late last week and I've been crossing my fingers. Maybe a bagel shop? Or a diner that makes homemade doughnuts? A retro-themed Chick-fil-A? A girl could only wish.

The sign went up in the window this week - COMING SOON: Five Guys Burgers and Fries. I was kind of surprised, considering there's one ten minutes down the road in Mystic and ten minutes the other direction in East Lyme. Could it be true?

Sure enough, I checked the Five Guys website and it's there. Coming soon - 143 Gold Star Hwy.

Look for a full story about the opening in tomorrow's Day and on

Personally, I think there are better burgers in the area, but I think Five Guys is the best of the fast food options. What do you think? Are you a Five Guys fan?

--Jennifer Sammons

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