Businesses earn reprieve from city fee until March 2013

February 21, 2012

City leaders offered entrepreneurs a reprieve from a fee for another year, as officials attempt to entice businesses to relocate to or remain in Issaquah.

In a unanimous decision, City Council members agreed to exempt businesses from paying the transportation impact fee until March 2013. The exemption applies to the initial 10,000 square feet of floor area per project.

The council action continues a project initiated in 2009 to roll back the transportation impact fee and encourage entrepreneurs to consider Issaquah. In 2009, officials earmarked $1.58 million — money left over from the canceled Southeast Bypass — to offset the fee. City planners said $976,589 remains available for businesses.

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Five Guys Burgers and Fries opens in Issaquah

November 22, 2011

Five Guys Burgers and Fries is open in the Issaquah Commons.

The chain announced the opening Nov. 14 on Twitter.

The chain features a no-frills menu — burgers, fries, hot dogs and the like — at restaurants from coast to coast. Five Guys is based in Lorton, Va.

Operators applied for a business license from the city and announced plans for the restaurant in February.

The market research firm Chain Store Guide ranked Five Guys at No. 3 last year among the 50 fastest-growing restaurant chains in the United States and Canada. Five Guys boasts more than 500 outlets nationwide.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries opens in Issaquah

November 14, 2011

NEW — 4:20 p.m. Nov. 14, 2011

Five Guys Burgers and Fries is open in the Issaquah Commons.

The chain announced the opening Monday afternoon on Twitter.

The chain features a no-frills menu — think burgers, fries and hot dogs — at restaurants from coast to coast. Five Guys is based in Lorton, Va.

Operators applied for a business license from the city and announced plans for the restaurant in February.

The market research firm Chain Store Guide ranked Five Guys at No. 3 last year among the 50 fastest-growing restaurant chains in the United States and Canada. Five Guys boasts more than 500 outlets nationwide.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries plans Issaquah restaurant

March 8, 2011

Five Guys Burgers and Fries is planning to open in the Issaquah Commons.

Operators applied for a business license from the city Feb. 16, and a sign announcing the restaurant appeared in a vacant storefront at the commons at about the same time. The opening date has not been announced, and a Five Guys spokeswoman could not be reached for comment.

The restaurant features a no-frills menu — think burgers, fries and hot dogs.

The market research firm Chain Store Guide ranked Five Guys at No. 3 last year among the 50 fastest-growing restaurant chains in the United States and Canada. Five Guys boasts more than 500 outlets nationwide.

The closest Five Guys restaurant to Issaquah is in The Landing in Renton, and another is planned to open soon at Overlake Fashion Plaza in Bellevue.

Five Guys is the latest national or regional chain to set up shop in the Issaquah Commons in recent months.

See’s Candies opened a shop just before Valentine’s Day and Bright Now! Dental settled in last November.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries plans Issaquah restaurant

March 3, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. March 3, 2011

Five Guys Burgers and Fries is planning to open in the Issaquah Commons.

Operators applied for a business license from the city Feb. 16, and a sign announcing the restaurant appeared in a vacant storefront at the Issaquah Commons at about the same time. The opening date has not been announced, and a Five Guys spokeswoman could not be reached for comment.

The restaurant’s no-frills menu — think burgers, fries and hot dogs — has earned a loyal following from coast to coast. In fact, the Virginia-based chain has a tab labeled “fanatics” on its website.

The market research firm Chain Store Guide ranked Five Guys at No. 3 last year among the 50 fastest-growing restaurant chains in the United States and Canada. Five Guys boasts more than 500 outlets nationwide.

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