The following is taken from a press release.
One of NYC’s most beloved gathering places is now coming to New Haven. Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) plans to bring its Shake Shack to the Elm City this year. 2012. The restaurant is a modern day "roadside" burger stand known for its delicious burgers, hot dogs, frozen custard, beer, wine and more.
The New Haven Shake Shack will be located at 986 Chapel St., across from the New Haven Green. The company brands the grand opening this fall as "the start of the Shack-ademic calendar."
"We are delighted to welcome Shake Shack to New Haven," said Abigail Rider, Director of (Yale)University Properties. "Shake Shack is an excellent addition to the many dining options that New Haven offers and will attract diners from the city and beyond to Chapel Street."
“My colleagues and I are proud to bring Shake Shack to New Haven,” said Danny Meyer, CEO of USHG. “We are incredibly excited to establish roots in this food-loving, bustling city – which some even say is the birthplace of the hamburger. New Haven is staging a thrilling urban renaissance and we are excited for the opportunity to join this community as employers and citizens.”
The New Haven Shake Shack will build upon the popular success of seven siblings throughout New York City. It also operates locations in Wesptort, Miami Beach, Washington, D.C., Saratoga Race Course. Additionally, Shake Shack has locations in Dubai, UAE, and Kuwait City.
Shake Shack was born from a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park created by Union Square Hospitality Group to support the Madison Square Park Conservancy’s first art installation “I ♥Taxi.” The cart was a success and lines formed daily, so it re-opened for an additional two summers in 2002 and 2003. In July 2004 USHG was awarded the contract from New York City’sDepartment of Parks & Recreation and the Madison Square Park Conservancy to create a permanent food kiosk in the park.