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The Scoop: Danny Meyer to open Shake Shack in St. Louis

February 12th 10:02am, 2016



Get ready, burger lovers. NYC restaurateur and St. Louis native Danny Meyer is bringing Shake Shack to The Lou. Meyer announced today, Feb. 12, that he will open a location at 32 N. Euclid Ave., in the Central West End in 2017.

Shake Shack is well known on the East Coast for its Midwest-inspired griddle burgers, griddle hot dog and frozen concretes. Meyer, who owns internationally acclaimed Union Square Hospitality Group, operates dozens of Shake Shack locations across the East Coast, Chicago, Austin and Las Vegas, as well as a handful of international locations.

“As much as my heart has wanted to bring this home to St. Louis, there was no way to do it unless we could do it really, really well,” Meyer said. “We finally have the leadership team ready to go and the distribution capability for the fresh food to feel like we could bring St. Louis what it deserves.”

Meyer said each Shake Shack’s menu and space is unique to that location, and St. Louisans will see a Shake Shack not just tailored to the city, but to the Central West End. “It just so happens that this corner is a block from where I was born and half a block from where my father grew up and where my grandparents lived,” Meyer said. “It was screaming, ‘This is the one.’”

If the CWE location does well, Meyer said he hopes to bring more Shake Shacks to the St. Louis market. “Whenever we go to a new city, the goal is to believe that it … is embraced by the community and does really well,” he said, adding that it was far too early to plan for anything just yet.


Editor’s note: This post was updated at 11 a.m. Feb. 12 to include comments from Danny Meyer. 

By Catherine Klene

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