Dayton Daily News:

It was during a golf trip to South Carolina more than a year ago that Chris Mastin got his first taste of the Five Guys Burgers and Fries fast-casual restaurant.

“It was, bar none, the best burger and fries I’ve had,” Mastin said.

Good enough that he and a handful of other investors, whom he declined to name, have decided to bring the concept to Dayton.

Mastin’s group inked a franchise agreement with the Virginia-based restaurant chain about six months ago. The agreement covers not only Dayton, but also Chillicothe and Ashland in Ohio, as well as Richmond, Ind., said Mastin, a former vice president with Ladd Industries.

But in the near term, the group will focus on Dayton.

The first Five Guys restaurant, at 1057 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, will launch Oct. 19, Mastin said.

The group also wants to open another store in Beavercreek, preferably this year, and they have begun scouting locations there, he said. Further plans call for them to add a third location near the University of Dayton.

Photo: Ron Alvey.