Public policy researcher and analyst with a specialty in cartography. I do data analysis and visualization for news media, non profits, and private firms.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Map of Five Guys Locations (six years ago)
Burgers are a big part of my life. I love making them, trying new ones, visiting old favorites. But despite the thousands of burgers I've devoured, it's tough to beat an "all the way" burger from Five Guys.
Having spent a lot of time in the Washington area, I expect to find the red and white check logo and distinctive peanut oil smell in most commercial developments. But a lot of the country isn't so lucky. (I remember when New Yorkers lined up around the block when the first NYC location opened).
This dataset displays all of the Five Guys Restaurant locations across the United States and was downloaded from GeoCommons. The dataset contains the store's full physical address and addresses were geocoded to obtain their lat/lon coordinates.
The chain has grown exponentially since 2007, and I'd love to map a more recent dataset. I asked Five Guys marketing department for more recent data, but they declined to oblige:
RE: Message from Five Guys Website Marketing/Advertising Form
Jan 10 (1 day ago)
Thanks for reaching out to Five Guys!
While we really appreciate your interest, unfortunately we don’t have that type of information to give out at this time. However we certainly welcome you to use our store locator feature at our website.
Thanks again for thinking of us! We wish you luck with your map making J
Customer Service & Marketing Administrator
I'm definitely not going to copy and paste every single address from their store list into an organized dataset.
Anyone have any other datasets they'd like to see rastered? In-N-Out locations maybe?