Dallas is at long last getting its own branch of Shake Shack, the New York burger chain that began in 2001 as a hot dog cart. The first Dallas location will open at la-dee-da The Crescent in Uptown Dallas.
Situated in The Crescent's newly proposed park area at the corner of McKinney Avenue and Pearl Street, the restaurant will have indoor and outdoor seating. It's expected to open in 2016.
"Shake Shack is a home run for The Crescent," says John Zogg, managing director of Crescent Real Estate Equities, in a release. "It will open just as The Crescent finalizes its first major renovation in three decades, and it will launch our new corner park in a big way, helping it to become a very energetic and vibrant spot.
"Based on the reception that Shake Shack gets at its restaurants across the world, we think those who live, work, and visit Uptown are going to love it," he says.
Shake Shack's menu includes Angus beef burgers, hot dogs, frozen custard, crinkle cut fries, beer, and wine. There's also an item for dogs, called a Pooch-ini, with dog biscuits and vanilla custard.
Like many big burger chains, Shake Shack has a cult-like following. It now has branches in Chicago, D.C., Atlanta, and Austin, plus international locations including London, Istanbul, and Dubai. The Dallas site will resemble Shake Shack's original 2004 location in Madison Square Park.
Crescent officials announced plans a year ago to spend more than $30 million to upgrade The Crescent, with an emphasis on opening the office towers and adjacent hotel, retail, and entertainment amenities as a gathering space for Uptown.
This is the first major renovation for the multi-office complex, designed by John Burgee and award-winning architect Philip Johnson, since its 1986 completion. Renovations are expected to be complete by mid-2016.
This is the second new restaurant coming to The Crescent. Ascension coffee house and wine bar, which originated in the Dallas Design District, will open its second location by early 2016 adjacent to the Bank of America offices at the 200 Lobby fronting the motor court. The Crescent will now operate a total of 12 restaurants, from casual spots to fine dining.