Massimo Bottura, the renowned Italian chef, is coming to town, and on Monday he’ll be at Shake Shack’s original Madison Square Park location, where just 1,000 of his limited-edition hamburgers will be served. In a move reminiscent of the chain’s bonkers chef collaborations from the summer, Bottura collaborated with culinary director Mark Rosati on this powerhouse, which has got Parmigiano-Reggiano mixed right into the LaFrieda-blend beef, as well as two rounds of ultrapork-y cotechino, some bright salsa verde, and fancy balsamic mayo on top. Monday is also the Shack’s final day in the park, it turns out, until next year.
The “Emilia” — thankfully, no one decided to name the Columbus Day special the Niña, Pinta, or Santa María — will go for $8.95 a pop, and also commemorates the last day of operations at Shake Shack before the ten-year-old kiosk closes for renovations. Edwin Bragg, a Shake Shack rep, said previously that the renovations will take approximately five months to complete. Today, Danny Meyer’s restaurant group says that the location will reopen in “mid 2015.”