Shake Shack to open in downtown Detroit

Michael Martinez
The Detroit News

Downtown Detroit is getting its own Shake Shack.

The popular New York City burger chain will open in the First National Building at 600 Woodward in 2017, according to a press release. The building will have an outdoor patio overlooking Campus Martius.

No further details about the store’s opening date, number of employees or size of the space were available Monday, according to a spokeswoman.

“We’re proud to be part of the incredible renaissance happening in Detroit,” Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to being an active participant in this creative and forward-looking community. It’s an honor and a privilege for Shake Shack to add to the dynamic fabric of this great city.”

The burger joint is known for its Angus beef burgers, chicken, flat-top hot dogs, frozen custard and crinkle cut fries. The Detroit menu will include local craft beer and wine, as well as location-specific frozen-custard concretes.

The First National Building is owned by Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock Detroit. The space that Shake Shack will occupy is vacant and previously was occupied by First National Grille.

“Detroiters love burgers and hot dogs and we’re excited to bring some of the best out there to the people of this city,” said Dan Mullen, Bedrock Detroit executive vice president. “Shake Shack’s great service, small-business mentality and commitment to integrating themselves into the local landscapes of their stores makes them a perfect fit for our one-of-a-kind collection of retailers and eateries on Woodward Avenue.”

Shake Shack will join a growing number of burger chains in downtown Detroit, including Five Guys, Square Burger and soon-to-open Wahlburgers.

Shake Shack started as a food cart in Manhattan’s Madison Square Park in 2001. Owners opened the first brick-and-mortar store there in 2004 and has it since expanded to 14 states and the District of Columbia, as well as international locations in London, Istanbul, Dubai, Tokyo, Moscow and others, according to the company.

The company went public in January 2015 with an initial public offering of $21 a share. Its stock closed Monday at $34.81.

Since going public, the burger company has expanded its menu, offering its first-ever chicken sandwich — the Chick’n Shack — earlier this year.

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