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The Obama Effect

2009_11_fiveguyssign.jpgBack in 2002, when Five Guys decided to franchise itself, there were only five locations, all in northern Virginia. Seven years and presidential endorsement later, there are 500 locations with another 1,500 on the way (!). Now, people are musing that Five Guys "may be the biggest thing to hit the world of all-beef patties and sesame seed buns since brothers Dick and Mac McDonald decided to franchise their southern California hamburger restaurant." The next crucial question: will Five Guys accept one of the many offers to sell the company? [FT]