Shake Shack, restaurateur Danny Meyer’s beloved New York-based burger chain, appears to be bent on world domination. There are currently seven of them in New York City (with an eighth in the works at Grand Central Terminal), and additional locations in Florida, Saratoga Springs and Long Island, N.Y., Westport and New Haven, Conn., Philadelphia, Chestnut Hill, Mass., a couple East Coast ballparks, seven in the Middle East, and ones planned for London, Istanbul, and Las Vegas. The American locations obviously skew to the East Coast, but with one on the way in Vegas, there’s certainly a question worth asking: why not Chicago?
That very question was posed to Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti earlier today on Twitter, and he responded with a very promising response: "Someday soon — promise…"
Even though Shake Shack is based in New York, there’s plenty of Chicago in its DNA. Just take a look at their hot dog, which is an authentic Chicago-style dog, right down to the pickles and sport peppers (it also happens to be one of the country’s best). We say that Chicago deserves a Shake Shack. Sure, they might have Kuma’s Corner, but no city should be deprived of both Shake Shack and In-N-Out Burger.