Shake Shack coming to Dupont Circle in 2011
Well that was quick. After rumors yesterday that the Shake Shack was coming to D.C., things were confirmed in short order. Burger fans, get ready: The uber-hyped New York patty pushers are bringing their roadside (read: griddle-cooked) style burgers, crinkle fries, frozen custards and titular shakes to the former Fuddruckers location at 1216 18th ST. NW, a crowded area that already houses Public Bar, Fly Lounge and Nando's. According to Theresa Mullen of the Union Square Hospitality Group, the Shake Shack's parent company, the menu will be the same at its core, including prices (burgers run $3.75-$7.25, shakes are $8.75), as its Gotham forebears. Additionally, as is the Shack's tradition whenever it moves into a new location, there will be a selection of frozen custard flavors unique to the Dupont Circle neighborhood. There will also be a rotating selection of seasonal beers on tap.
There is no firm opening date yet, but the company is aiming for sometime in the first half of 2011. As for the timing of their arrival, it seems like for the Shake Shack it was just a matter of finding the right fit. "D.C. has definitely been on the radar for the shack team for a while," Mullen said. "We have a real love for the city, and Dupont is a bustling and dynamic area. We've been looking for an opportunity to open there, and this was it."
The announcement caps a busy summer for the company, which opened a location in Miami in June, and another in Saratoga Springs, which is only open during racing season, in July.
-- Justin Rude
| August 11, 2010; 2:07 PM ET
Categories: Restaurants | Tags: dupont circle, hamburgers, shake shack
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