If you’ve spent any time in New York, you’ve likely heard of their equivalent to the west coast’s In-N-Out Burger. But, as of late, Shake Shack headed west and opened up locations in West Hollywood, Glendale, Century City and in Hollywood. The following are some of the most interesting facts and figures you probably don’t know about this famed burger spot.


1.) Shake Shack Didn’t Start Out As A Burger Spot
Yep, it’s true. When Shake Shack started in 2001, it was just a small cart in the heart of New York City’s Madison Square Park selling hot dogs and lemonade. Three years later, the company changed the concept and improved it by adding not only burgers, but fries, custards and more.

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(credit: Stocksnapper/shutterstock)

2.) It May Be Known As A New York City Spot, But It’s Located Across The U.S.
What began as a hot dog and lemonade stand in Madison Square Park in New York eventually evolved into a permanent building. Today, Shake Shack has expanded into 18 states in the U.S., as well as 6 countries around the world. The United States’ Shake Shack states include Arizona, California, New York, Florida, Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, Georgia, Illinois, Texas, Minnesota, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Nevada and more. Globally, there are Shake Shack locations in Japan, Turkey, Russia, South Korea, The United Kingdom, and elsewhere!

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(Credit: Sean Pavone/shutterstock)

3.) New York Has The Most Locations

Although Shake Shack can be found in many cities throughout the U.S. and the world, New York state continues to have the most locations with 23 and counting.


4.) The French Fries Have Not Been A Huge Hit
While patrons love them, the French Fries at Shake Shack received a less than stellar review from the New York Times in 2012. According to them, “You can get better fries just about anywhere.”

JFK Airport (credit: Kotsovolos Panagiotis/shutterstock)

JFK Airport (credit: Kotsovolos Panagiotis/shutterstock)

5.) John F. Kennedy’s Shake Shack Serves Up Breakfast Items!
Unlike most other Shake Shack spots, the JFK location offers breakfast items, including a Sausage, Egg N’ Cheese with a griddled egg with all natural Shack pork sausage and American cheese, as well as an Egg N’ Cheese sandwich and more. You won’t find that in many other locations!

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(credit: BravoKiloVideo/shutterstock)

6.) There’s A Secret Menu!

In-N-Out is well known for their secret menu, but Shake Shack also offers some special items that aren’t on the menu. Included on this secret menu are items like their grilled cheese sandwich, or pepper cheese fries. And, for a great dessert, make sure to sip on their Shack beer float, or ice cream in between a burger bun!

7.) You’ll Never See A Drive Thru

CEO Randy Garutti once gave an interview to the Connecticut Post where he famously went on to make it clear that Shake Shack will never make drive-thru’s at their establishments. The focus on the stores is not to just get you in and out. Instead, it’s an experience.


8.) Momofuku Teamed Up With Shake Shack And It Resulted In The Longest Line Ever
David Chang of the famous Momofuku restaurant chain teamed up with owner Danny Meyer to offer a special edition Momofuku Shrimp Stack in 2014. The result was over 450+ people and it resulted in the longest line in the history of Shake Shack.


9.) Owner Danny Meyer Dreamed Up His Idea On A Napkin
It’s true! Restauranteur Danny Meyer drew his idea of Shake Shack on the back of a napkin. And the rest is history.

11.) Shake Shack Reportedly Beats Out McDonalds In Sales Per Restaurant
According to an article in the New York Times, Shake Shack averages around $4 million a year whereas the grand-daddy of burger chains, McDonalds, pulls in less at $2.29 million.

12.) Shake Shack Will Cater Your Wedding!
Whether you want to have a fancy wedding with Shake Shack as an after-party treat, or have a toned down wedding with burgers and fries, this burger establishment will oblige! It turns out all you need to do is get the attention of the owner of Danny Meyer.


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