Grand Central Terminal’s Shake Shack Finally Cleared for Opening

Zócalo has left the building.
Zócalo has left the building. Photo: Jed Egan

Shake Shack’s anticipated Grand Central Terminal outpost was delayed last fall after Richard Shapiro, owner of Zócalo, filed a suit with the New York Supreme Court alleging that the bidding process for incoming restaurateurs was “corrupt.” Union Square Hospitality Group announced it had been green-lit to open back in the summer of 2011, but Shapiro refused to vacate the space and pack up Zócalo’s pots and pans, despite the MTA’s complaint that the Mexican restaurant was more or less fruitlessly “pursuing any possible means to remain in possession of space.” The restaurant’s operators filed for Chapter 11 last October, the legal action fizzled, and now Crain’s reports Shapiro’s restaurant has left the station. The new, ever-expanding Shake Shack is on time or close to schedule for a grand opening later this year. [Crain’s, Earlier, Related]