Uh oh, Shake Shack closing Dec. 1
It's this time of year again, where the Shack closes for the winter season. I was there 2x this week, and each time I had to wait in a 20-minute line, although pick-up was very quick. Judging from the weather, or simply the sheer amount of business it brings in, it really isn't sensible for Danny Meyer to close Shake Shack for the winter months anymore, because really - WHY do this?
Alas, it has been a great season - everything from my first 'shroom burger, to the health-inspection fiasco, to the always enjoyable Oktoberfest and the comeback of the pumpkin concrete. And also the various fond memories I've had waiting on line (or lack thereof) and eating under the lights, I can't wait to ring in Spring with the reopening of the Shack. I'll be sure to bid them farewell on Dec. 1.
Helloo, JG Melon's, Corner Bistro & Molly's.
I've asked staff members there about the closing date, and they say it gets really depressing when it's cold out and everybody gets their food to go. Part of the Shake Shack experience is being able to sit and eat your food in the park, you know? Additionally, since they have the windows open, if it's cold and windy, it gets very cold inside the kitchen when the wind blows.
It's also economic, too, right? We might go and stand in line for a shack burger in the middle of January or February, but plenty of other people wouldn't, and they'd still have to pay the staff, etc. Don't forget that it's been a pretty warm November, overall.
Lucky for me, I've got a few pints of to-go custard in my freezer.
I share your pain. Frankly, I would line up in the freezing cold for a Shack Burger ... not that there would be a line in the freezing cold anyway. I guess closing it during the winter months maintains the Shack's mystique and boosts business when it re-opens in the spring.
According to the burger blog "A Hamburger Today", Meyer's Blue Smoke will be happy to split their massive burger into two Shack-sized burgers to sustain you while the Shack is closed: