Rumor Killer: No Five Guys On Henry

In response to a comment by “ABC” claiming that a Five Guys Burgers and Fries outlet would be moving into the old Busy Chef space at Henry and Cranberry (as opposed to Court Street as previously rumored), Craig Cohen, owner of Brooklyn Five Guys franchises, tells BHB that there is no truth to the Henry Street rumor, but “I think it’s hysterical — I have brokers calling me saying, ‘Oh wow, you’re opening in this space?'” because the [wrong] word keeps traveling.

At any rate, he DID say that he’s considering moving to Remsen Street and expanding.

Update:BHB spoke to a representative at Five Guys’ corporate headquarters, who checked their real estate system and tells us, “[there is not a] Henry Street location [scheduled to open] in Brooklyn.” There is, however, a Five Guys slated to open this summer in Coney Island at 3065 Cropsey Avenue, which is the only Five Guys outpost that will open in Brooklyn currently listed in their system.

Note: BHB welcomes the Brooklyn Paper’s former Brooklyn Heights reporter Sarah Portlock as a new contributor.

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  • Chester

    Homer you keep this up and this site is going to be legit!

  • PJL

    Too bad…. Any word on what will be opening on Henry & Cranberry?

  • Gersh Kuntzman


    Congrats on inking that six-figure deal with Portlock. But be careful — she’s going to be writing 40 items a day, correcting all your typos, uncovering secret documents, staking out the Busy Chef, pitching three-part investigations and being all cheery and energetic around the office.

    How will you manage!

    The Brooklyn Paper

  • Anon

    All this confirms is that Cohen didn’t buy another franchise license for that location. I suspect you’d need to contact Five Guys Corporate to confirm that someone else didn’t buy a Five Guys franchise license for that location or see Cohen’s licensing agreement with Five Guys that shows a location that close wouldn’t be allowed.

  • Claude Scales

    Gersh: so I can stop proofreading Homer’s posts, now?

  • Senor Salsa

    If I had any money I would open a delicious Mission-Style Burrito Mexican place in the old Busy Chef…wink, wink.

  • ABC

    oh damn! too bad! I was really wishing that rumor was true.

  • peter h

    sarah portlock is a superstar and quite the cutie from what I hear. go bhb for the snag