CWE Shake Shack Still Expected to Open this Fall
St. Louis, MO/September 19, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Everyone who has ever been a child understands the concept of time slowing down when you’re waiting for something good. The more you want it, the longer it seems to take for the minutes, days, weeks, and months to tick by. It seems that ever since St. Louis native Danny Meyer announced he was finally bringing his wildly successful Shake Shack restaurant to his hometown, time has crawled. And we continue to wait for the Central West End burger and shake joint to materialize.
Meyer started Shake Shack inside a small kiosk in New York City’s Madison Square Park more than a dozen years ago. The burger and shake chain now has more than 100 stores across the globe. In America, there are Shake Shacks in 18 states and the District of Columbia (which has six). Chicago has four, Texas has seven, and Pennsylvania five. They are all over Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and London. Tokyo has four, as does South Korea. Even Moscow has three. St. Louis has been waiting with bated breath for our own Shake Shack. So, when plans for the first St. Louis Shake Shack in the Central West End were announced in February 2016, the countdown began.
The Shake Shack offers flat iron grilled burgers and hot dogs, crinkle-cut fries, shakes, and concretes made with frozen custard and locally-sourced mix-ins. Meyer credits food memories of his childhood in St. Louis with inspiring the restaurant’s menu. The Missouri native is now one of the most well-respected restaurateurs in the nation. His New York-based Union Square Hospitality Group owns and operates several celebrated restaurants in the Big Apple, including Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, The Modern, The North End Grill, and others. Shake Shack has itself been critically acclaimed for its use of 100-percent antibiotic and hormone-free Angus beef and localized menus that include sustainably sourced ingredients, as well as the use of recycled and sustainable materials, energy-efficient kitchen equipment, and LED lighting in its restaurants.
The St. Louis Shake Shack is slated to open later this year on the ground floor of a new apartment building currently under construction in the Central West End. The Euclid is a six-story structure at the southeast corner of North Euclid and West Pine. When finished, it will house 72 boutique luxury apartments, which will be ready to rent next spring, along with ground floor retail clients. Besides Shake Shack, the building will also be home to a second ‘ZZA Pizza + Salad (the first opened Feb. 2017 at 282 North Skinker Blvd) and another Kaldi Coffee location. Initially it was thought the Shake Shack’s corner shop (at 32 N Euclid Ave.) would be operational sometime this summer. Now the company says late fall 2017. And so, St. Louis continues to wait for our promised new favorite burger and concrete joint, hungry to find out what everyone else in the world already seems to know. Tick…tick…tick.
32 North Euclid Avenue
Central West End
St. Louis, MO 63108