Shake Shack To Open Flagship San Diego Restaurant In Little Italy With Another Scheduled For Del Mar

January 31, 2018

With two San Diego locations already open, NYC-based Shake Shack is far from done with its expansion plans for America's Finest City. The fast-casual brand of upscale burger joints has announced that it will open its flagship San Diego restaurant in the heart of the culinary mecca of Little Italy, with another outpost scheduled for Del Mar.

Shake Shack is a critically acclaimed, modern day "roadside" burger stand known for its 100% all-natural Angus beef burgers and chicken sandwiches (no added hormones or antibiotics), griddled flat-top dogs, fresh-made frozen custard, crispy crinkle cut fries and more. The New York City-based Shake Shack has earned a cult-like following around the world since its inception in 2004. Celebrity Chef Danny Meyer's "fine-casual" burger chain opened its first San Diego branch within the revived Westfield UTC in La Jolla in October 2017, with the second location debuting in Mission Valley last December. The third San Diego branch will land in Little Italy, taking over the site on the corner of Grape and India streets where Break Stop & Auto Repair currently sits.

"We’re thrilled by the prospect of bringing Shake Shack to Little Italy - a neighborhood at the very pulse of the city’s culinary movement," said Andrew McCaughan, VP of Development for Shake Shack. "While we are still in the midst of the application process, we are optimistic about this location and look forward to one day being part of this tight-knit community."

Shake Shack's Little Italy restaurant will offer 2,740 square-foot of indoor and outdoor dining space within a standalone building that will also offer parking for up to 12 vehicles. The design will be similar to the chain's original NYC Madison Square Park location, with accents specifically for Little Italy. Expect a large outdoor seating area with yard games like ping pong, bocce ball and shuffle board, anticipated to open in late 2018.

Shake Shack also has plans in place to open its fourth San Diego restaurant within the One Paseo mixed-use development, which we recently announced will house other big name restaurants, including International Smoke by San Francisco chef Michael Mina and cookbook author Ayesha Curry, modern organic Mexican eatery Tocaya Organica, Top Chef Dakota Weiss’ Cali-meets-Hawaii Sweetfin Poké, and Huntington Beach’s Ways & Means Oyster House. Shake Shack Del Mar is not expected to open until early 2019.

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