Sunday, November 27, 2011

More from the Rumor Mill: Is The Shake Shack Coming to Chestnut Hill?

Two years ago, it appeared that New York City's Shake Shack may be coming to downtown Boston, but that never materialized. Now, according to one of the members of The Phantom Gourmet, the popular burger stand could be coming to the Boston area after all, with a possible opening a few miles west of the city.

According to Michael Andelman (who teams up with brothers Dave and Dan on the Phantom's Saturday radio show on 96.9 FM - WTKK), The Shake Shack may be looking to open somewhere in Chestnut Hill. Andelman, who mentioned this during the "restaurant news" section of the radio show, did not give a specific source for the news, though he did indicate that it was someone in the real estate industry. We are currently waiting to hear back from the eatery on this possibility; as soon as we find out any new information from then, we will post an update here.

The Shake Shack is a group of food stands that feature such items as burgers, hot dogs, frozen custard, shakes, and alcoholic beverages. Locations of the eatery can be found in Madison Square Park, the Theater District, Battery Park City, the Upper East Side, and the Upper West Side in Manhattan, as well as in Brooklyn, Queens, Saratoga Springs, Westport, CT, Washington, DC, and Miami Beach, FL.

The space that The Shake Shack had been looking at in Boston is the former rest room on Boston Common near Tremont Street. (A dining spot called the Earl of Sandwich will be opening in that space.)

The website for The Shake Shack can be found at

[November 29 update: We just heard back from The Shake Shack, with a spokesperson telling us the following: "...we have openly expressed our intention to bring Shake Shack to compelling sites in great neighborhoods. As such, rumors often circulate about potential openings. We have decided not to comment on any of these rumors until we have something concrete to share." She also went on to say that "at this time we are focusing our efforts on our existing Shacks as well as those scheduled to open in the next year: Brooklyn (mid-December), Philadelphia (mid-2012), Coral Gables (mid-2012) and Long Island (late 2012).]

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