Shake Shack, the favorite burger restaurant that started as a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park in New York, finally reaches the Bay Area.
The inaugural restaurant will enter the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto – with an appearance reminiscent of that first Shake Shack. According to spokeswoman Kristyn Clark, the Wells Fargo bank at the site will be transformed into the restaurant, hoping to turn the small plot of land next to it into an outdoor park with string lights, games and outdoor seating.
An opening is planned for the fall of 2018. This will be the twentieth restaurant / food business in downtown Stanford; There is only one other place for burgers there (a McDonald's).
Although Shake Shack has opened more than 150 restaurants from Bahrain to the United Kingdom since its inception in 2004, the Bay Area need not feel discredited by the late arrival here. The founding restaurateur of New York, Danny Meyer, known for his luxury places like Gramercy Tavern, did not open Shake Shack in his hometown of St. Louis until last December, according to Sauce magazine.
The original company of Meyer Park, despite the appeal of hot dogs, quickly became famous for its all-natural Angus beef burgers. However, there is still a "flat dog" of all-natural Vienna beef on the menu, along with chicken sandwiches without cages, crispy fries, a popular variety of frozen custard made daily with non-GMO ingredients, more wine and beer.
"During the more than 30 years of our restaurant team's history at Union Square Hospitality Group, we have always admired the talented chefs, winemakers and artisans of the vibrant Bay Area dining scene", Randy Garutti, Shake CEO Shack said in a statement on Tuesday. "It is with great respect and humility that we entered that landscape, deepened our roots on the West Coast and brought a new meeting place of the community to this iconic city after so many years."
By iconic city, it means San Francisco. The company has long-term plans for locations in the Marina district there and in Marin County. Meanwhile, we promise to point them south.
To consult the menus and follow the progress of the expansion, go to www.shakeshack.com.