Shake Shack opens in Detroit this month

Ian Thibodeau
The Detroit News

Detroit - Downtown Detroit's Shake Shack will open later this month.

Whitney Eichinger, spokeswoman for Dan Gilbert's real estate company Bedrock, said Friday that the popular New York City burger chain will open its new location in the First National Building downtown by the end of February. Bedrock manages that building.

The company began installing signage at the 600 Woodward location in late January after months of construction. Shake Shack in May had announced plans to open in Detroit.

Shake Shack representatives would not confirm an opening date on Friday.

The restaurant will be within walking distance of several fast-casual and burger restaurants, including the recently opened Wahlburgers and the Five Guys in Greektown. The news restaurant shares the building with Roasting Plant coffee shop and Central Kitchen and Bar.

When Shake Shack announced the plans in 2016, the company said the restaurant would have a patio space overlooking Campus Martius.

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.

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.

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