Is Paris becoming a haven for fast food? The gastronomic world mecca will now be home to a new Five Guys Burgers and Fries restaurant. Five Guys will be opening on the famous Champs-Élysées Avenue, the posh street now home to a Burger King and McDonald’s. The 1,200-square-foot restaurant opened this week with five floors and seating for more than 350 people.
This is not the first Five Guys to open in Paris. According to The Local, France edition, the burger chain opened its first restaurant at Cour Saint-Émilion, Bercy Village in the 12th arrondissement, and a third outlet is planned for next year.
Is this a sign of changing times for French food? The battle of “L’ Hamburger Américain” on Champs-Élysées is already becoming more popular in France, and according to a 2014 menu, the classic burger is on 75 percent of traditional French menus, as American food has grown in popularity — especially among young people — in recent years.