By Steve Dreyer
The menu of Poway restaurants will soon grow by two with the coming additions of a Five Guys Burgers and Fries and a new, locally owned upscale eatery.
The Five Guys Burgers and Fries chain has signed a lease for Poway Plaza space once occupied by Pick Up Stix, according to John Jennings, a senior director with Cushman & Wakefield.
Five Guys Burgers and Fries is based in Virginia. Its restaurants are known for its hamburgers, hot dogs and especially french fries. In recent years the chain has expanded to San Diego County, which now has a dozen outlets, including one in Escondido.
Calls to the corporate headquarters were not returned this week. The company’s website notes that a Poway location is “coming soon.”
Meanwhile, longtime Poway resident Harry Rogers has leased the old Le Peep Restaurant, plus some adjoining space, within the Poway Plaza and plans to open “Mainstream Bar and Grill” in early May.
Rogers said Friday he has owned several restaurant over the past 40 years and most recently operated the Ramona Pub and Grub, which he sold in 2004. He is also the longtime owner of the Poway Valley Stock Farm on Tierra Bonita Road.
His plans call for a 5,500-square-foot restaurant with a capacity for 200 diners, plus a banquet room that will accommodate 80-100 people. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner and for a Sunday brunch, he said. The menu will feature prime rib, which is something Rogers said he has been known for over the years. Menu choices will all be under $20, he said. The pub portion of the building will have TVs and a full selection of beers, he said.