By this time tomorrow, you might have already eaten your very first Massachusetts Shake Shack burger...or maybe you'll still be in line. The Chestnut Hill location opens at 11 AM tomorrow, and if the buzz is to be believed, you better get there early. The cult burger chain was born from a New York City hot dog cart in 2004 and now boasts locations in six states and several other countries. There's more to Shake Shack than burgers and hot dogs (and shakes!); here are five things to know for opening day.
1. Like all Shake Shack locations, Chestnut Hill will have its own unique concretes- frozen custard with candy mix-ins. The starting line-up: Revere's Tracks (vanilla frozen custard, cheesecake blondie, peanut butter sauce, and chocolate sprinkles) and Lobstah Shell (vanilla frozen custard, lobster tail pastry shell from the North End, strawberry purée,and ricotta cream). A classic flavor from the original Madison Square Park location will also be on the menu: the Shack Attack (chocolate frozen custard, fudge sauce, chocolate truffle cookie dough, dark chocolate chunks, chocolate sprinkles). And if you're just there for a shake or concrete, you can use the express line.
2. You can wash your burger down with alcohol: wine and beer are available, including affordable house options. It's $5 for 16 ounces of ShackMeister Ale, brewed exclusively for Shake Shack by Brooklyn Brewery, and other options range from $4.50 to $5.50 for 12-ounce bottles. The house wines, which are from Napa, start at $7.50 per glass. On the non-alcoholic side, fountain soda is supplemented with lemonade, ice tea, a "fifty/fifty" mix of the two, and root beer on draught from Abita Brewing Co.
3. Shake Shack is heavily involved in community outreach, and each location works with local causes. The Chestnut Hill Shake Shack donates 5% of sales of Lobstah Shell concretes to Birthday Wishes, a Newton-based organization that throws birthday parties for homeless children.
4. From tabletops made of reclaimed bowling alley lanes to walls made of reclaimed wood from a Western Massachusetts paper mill, the Chestnut Hill Shake Shack features plenty of recycled materials, as well as an energy-efficient kitchen. And once the weather gets warmer, diners will be able to get more in touch with nature in the outdoor seating area.
5. Shake Shack wants to feed your dog, too! Two dog treats are available: a Bag o' Bones (doggie bag - ha! - of five ShackBurger dog biscuits by Bocce's Bakery) and a Pooch-ini (dog biscuits with peanut butter sauce and vanilla custard).
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