It's really happening. The long-rumored and long-desired first Massachusetts outpost of NYC's cult burger chain is on track to open later this month, according to a Shake Shack rep. It'll be setting up shop along Route 9 as part of the awkwardly named shopping/dining development The Street Chestnut Hill, with neighbors like Aquitaine, Legal Sea Foods, and the upcoming Del Frisco's Grille. The Chestnut Hill Shake Shack will feature all the classics from its big siblings in New York and beyond, and like the other locations, it'll have a few unique concretes (frozen custard with mix-ins). At the Upper West Side Shake Shack, for example, there's a Natural History Crunch-stellation concrete: vanilla custard, malt, Valrhona chocolate crunchies, and chocolate toffee. (A portion of its proceeds go to the American Museum of Natural History.) The Chestnut Hill concrete flavors will be announced on opening day.
Aside from the concretes, the standard Shake Shack menu features burgers (including a vegetarian "'Shroom Burger"), hot dogs, and fries - and of course, shakes. There will also be beer and wine. No word yet on whether the Chestnut Hill location will also feature dog treats. Several other locations serve a "Pooch-ini" (ShackBurger dog biscuits, peanut butter sauce, and vanilla custard) and a "Bag o' Bones" (five dog biscuits).
An exact opening date hasn't been determined as construction and the permitting process are ongoing, but stay tuned for updates, and keep your fingers crossed for more possible locations in the future. "We're definitely interested in bringing another Shake Shack to Boston," reports Edwin Bragg, Shake Shack's Director of Marketing and Communications, "but right now we're focused on and excited about our opening in Chestnut Hill!"