Shake Shack Officially Headed to Philly

The ShackBurger.
The ShackBurger.

After opening yet another super-popular location in Manhattan, along with a location in Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., Shake Shack reps today confirmed that the next planned Shack location will be in Philadelphia! More specifically, the burger-and-dogs joint is headed to the corner of 20th and Sansom — right across the street from Jose Garces’s Village Whiskey. So, what do you think? Can Shack Stacks and crinkle fries coexist with Village Whiskey’s foie-and-bacon-covered Whiskey King, not to mention their duck-fat fries? Alas, we’ll have to wait until the new Shake Shack opens “in the second half of 2012” to find out. For all the official verbiage, check out the full release, straight ahead.

NYC’s Beloved Burger, Hot Dog and Frozen Custard Stand Will Make Its Home in Center City

Monday, June 13, 2011 New York - Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) plans to bring its Shake Shack to Philadelphia in 2012. One of NYC’s most lauded eateries and beloved gathering places, Shake Shack is a modern day “roadside” burger stand known for its delicious burgers, hot dogs, frozen custard, beer, wine and more.

Shake Shack’s Philly home is centrally located at 2000 Sansom Street (corner of 20th and Sansom), near beautiful Rittenhouse Square in Center City. The new Shack is slated to open in the second half of 2012.

“My colleagues and I are thrilled to introduce Shake Shack to Philadelphia,” said Danny Meyer, CEO of USHG. “We are incredibly excited to have the privilege to add our voice to the city’s vibrant culinary dialogue. Philadelphians are famously passionate about the things they love, and we truly hope they’ll embrace our ShackBurgers, hot dogs and frozen custard with that same enthusiasm.”

The Philadelphia Shake Shack will build upon the success of six siblings throughout New York City - Madison Square Park (the original Shack, founded in 2004), Upper West Side (2008), Citi Field - home of the New York Mets (2009), Theater District (2010), Upper East Side (2010) and Battery Park City (2011), as well as its locations in Miami Beach (2010), Washington, DC (Dupont Circle and Nationals Park, both in 2011) and Saratoga Race Course, NY (2010). Additionally, Shake Shack opened its first location overseas this spring in Dubai, UAE, with a second opening mid-Summer in Kuwait City.

Shake Shack was born from a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park created by Union Square Hospitality Group to support the Madison Square Park Conservancy’s first art installation “I ♥Taxi.” The cart was a success and lines formed daily, so it re-opened for an additional two summers in 2002 and 2003. In July 2004 USHG was awarded the contract from New York City’s Department of Parks & Recreation and the Madison Square Park Conservancy to create a permanent food kiosk in the park. Shake Shack opened and instantly became a NYC institution with a loyal following, receiving numerous accolades from the press including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Magazine, Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, Food Network and The TODAY Show among others, and was voted one of the Most Popular Restaurants in New York according to Zagat.

Related: Yup, There Are Already 45 Minute Lines at the New Shake Shack