Hold onto your hats policy wonks, government employees, interns, and lobbyists, Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group just announced plans to open a Shake Shack location in Washington, DC. in the historic Dupont Circle district. Says the press release: "DC's inaugural Shake Shack will be centrally located in the vibrant, bustling neighborhood of Dupont Circle at 1216 18th Street Northwest, on the southwest corner of Connecticut."
This is only the second time a Shake Shack has opened outside of New York City (the first was in Miami Beach back in June). Right in heart of Five Guys' territory, it's also somewhat close to Spike Mendehlson's burger joint Good Stuff Eatery, which is eyeing expansion of its own.
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010 New York – The people have spoken: Shake Shack to open in Washington, DC. Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) plans to bring its Shake Shack to Washington in 2011. One of NYC’s most lauded eateries and beloved gathering places, Shake Shack is a modern day "roadside" burger stand known for its delicious burgers, hot dogs, frozen custard, beer, wine and more. Shake Shack’s move to DC marks the second time Shake Shack has opened outside of New York (Miami Beach, June 2010).
DC’s inaugural Shake Shack will be centrally located in the vibrant, bustling neighborhood of Dupont Circle at 1216 18th Street Northwest, on the southwest corner of Connecticut (just a few blocks away from the Dupont Circle Metro station).
“My colleagues and I are incredibly excited to introduce Shake Shack to our nation’s capital. I’ve been in love with Washington ever since renting my very first apartment there many years ago while working as a Senate Intern,” said Danny Meyer, CEO of USHG. “Washingtonians are burger experts, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to open a Shake Shack in this city – especially the dynamic Dupont Circle community. Shake Shack brings together people of all demographics, and I’m confident this menu will bridge all party lines.”
The Washington, DC, Shake Shack will build upon the success of five siblings throughout New York City – Madison Square Park (the original Shack, founded in 2004), Upper West Side (2008), Citi Field – home of the New York Mets (2009), Theater District (July 2010) and Upper East Side (August 2010), as well as its new Miami Beach Shack (June 2010) and Saratoga Race Course, Saratoga Springs, NY (2010). Shake Shack also recently announced plans for a location in NYC’s Battery Park City in 2011.