Community leaders in Ipswich have welcomed the plans of a new Five Guys restaurant in Cardinal Park. 

It is understood that the fast food chain is eyeing up a unit in the Ipswich business park after a number of job adverts have appeared on Indeed for staff.

If the restaurant does open in Cardinal Park, it will be one of only three trading restaurants at the site after firms such as Frankie & Benny's vacated their units.

John Cook, councillor for the Alexandra ward, which includes the town centre, said: "Ipswich has some great restaurants, and we all have our personal favourites.

Ipswich Star: John CookJohn Cook (Image: Charlotte Bond)

"The current economic climate has forced a number of restaurants to close, so I'm delighted that Five Guys are planning to open in Cardinal Park.

"The restaurant will be a very welcome addition to dining opportunities for Ipswich residents and visitors to our town."

This newspaper recently asked our readers which restaurant they would like to see open in Ipswich – and one of the most common answers was Five Guys

Councillor Colin Kreidewolf said the possibility of Five Guys opening is "really positive" for both Ipswich and Cardinal Park. 

Ipswich Star: Colin KreidewolfColin Kreidewolf (Image: Charlotte Bond)

He added: "If Five Guys come to Cardinal Park then that is really good news.

"It shows continual investment in the restaurant sector in the town which is really positive. 

"They are a popular chain and I am sure residents will be pleased to see it open in the town.

"And if it takes up an empty unit at Cardinal Park then that is really positive.

"You have the housing development going up opposite so it is good for the whole area."

The restaurant, which is best known for its burgers, hot dogs, milkshakes and chips, which are fried in peanut oil, is looking to hire a new store manager, assistant manager and shift manager. 

An exact location and details about the opening is not yet clear. 

Five Guys has been approached for a comment.