Shake Shack, the burger stand and cultural phenomenon from restaurateur Danny Meyer, is coming to Easton Town Center in early 2019, the company announced today. The New York-based fast-casual chain serves all-natural Angus beef burgers, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, crinkle-cut fries and milkshakes.

After getting its start as a hot dog cart, the first Shake Shack opened in 2004 in NYC’s Madison Square Park and has since become one of the fastest-growing food chains in the U.S., now with 150 locations in 20 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, plus more than 50 international locations.

“We’re thrilled. I think this is one of the premier fast-casual concepts, and it just makes sense that they’re coming to Easton,” says Easton’s chief executive Jennifer Peterson, reached by phone on Tuesday. “We think they’ll be a great fit with our customer base and the community. They look to get very involved with not only activities and events at Easton but in the community overall. Columbus is getting a gem.”

Peterson declined at this time to give the exact location of the new restaurant.

According to a press release, the 3,523-square-foot, eco-friendly Shack at Easton will seat 100 customers and feature an outdoor patio. Tabletops will be made from reclaimed bowling alley lanes. The Easton eatery will mark the first Shake Shack in Central Ohio and second in Ohio, following a Cleveland-area location that opens this Thursday.

Columbus is not without its Shake Shack-inspired burgers. Chefs Matthew Heaggans and Catie Randazzo, owners of Preston’s Burgers, have named Shake Shack as one of their inspirations. Preston’s even sources its potato burger buns from the same place as Shake Shack—Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe in New York.

And in October 2016, Chipotle opened an experimental burger spot, Tasty Made, in Lancaster—a clear attempt to move into the same sector that the likes of Shake Shack and In-N-Out Burger have come to dominate. Chipotle closed the sole location of Tasty Made in March.


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