ALAMEDA -- Five Guys Burgers and Fries is moving into the South Shore Center space vacated by Pearl's Deluxe Burgers in late January. The burger joint is set to open later this summer.

Owners of the restaurant franchise signed a seven-year lease for the location, which is next to Alameda Beauty Supply and across from Panera Bread. Five Guys first opened in 1986 in the Washington, D.C. area and now has more than 1,000 locations nationwide, including Bay Area sites in San Jose, Brentwood, Burlingame, Concord, Dublin, Fremont, Hayward, Pinole and Pleasant Hill.

"As more visitors come to South Shore Center for family events, dining and shopping, Five Guys saw an opportunity to serve the active Alameda community," said Julie Taylor, senior vice president of Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank, the leasing agent for South Shore Center, in a statement released Monday.

Pearl's Deluxe Burgers closed its doors earlier this year after opening at the retail center in August 2010. "The bottom line is that the food trucks were killing me," manager Young Han Yi, owner of two Pearl's restaurants in San Francisco, said at the time. Some residents say they are looking forward to visiting the new South Shore tenant.

"Sure. I'm always looking for the next great burger," said Mary Grace Basco, a teacher and mother of two.


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Meanwhile across town, the Planning Board on Monday approved a drive-through and late-night hours for an In-N-Out Burger, set to be built as part of the Alameda Landing project on the West End. The approval, however, requires the city to win approval from Caltrans for a pedestrian crosswalk that could better assure public safety for those crossing the busy street and tunnel exit.

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