Shake Shack Opens First New Jersey Location

The outpost is located on Route 17 in Paramus Shake Shack

Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti (center) celebrates the grand opening with Danny Meyer (right) and employees.

It’s a little odd to think that Shake Shack hadn’t yet opened a New Jersey location until this past weekend, especially because it’s right across the river from their New York City home base and ones have opened as far away as London and Dubai. But the Shack has finally come to the Garden State, opening this past Saturday, Nov. 9, on Route 17 in Paramus.

At 11 a.m. on Saturday, the stand-alone location opened its doors for the first time. It boasts an eco-friendly design, using materials like walls made from red oak salvaged from a local barn, tabletops made from reclaimed bowling alley lanes, and Forest Stewardship Council-certified tables and chairs.

Along with the usual menu of burgers, hot dogs, and frozen custard, the location serves hand-cut fries (which were just recently rolled out) as well as a couple of concretes that are unique to the location: Salt Water Toffee, with vanilla and chocolate custard, salted chocolate toffee, and caramel sauce, and Bergen Country Blend, with vanilla custard, chunks of pecan sticky bun from New York’s Balthazar Bakery, and banana. Five percent of sales from the Bergen Country Blend will be donated to Buddies of New Jersey, a resource center for those coping with HIV/AIDS.

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The location will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.