They just celebrated their official ten year anniversary yet, our beloved Shake Shack in Madison Square Park will unfortunately close for about 5 months at some point this year. Its temporary of course, but Danny Meyer and crew are going to uplift and upgrade the original Shake Shack locale to expand the kitchen and create additional storage space in the basement. They will also expand the kiosk space by four feet. Shake Shack is on public park land (they pay a hefty rent based off revenue by the way), but the pending renovations will not close down or affect the operation of the park.
We are looking forward to making some much-needed improvements to the Madison Square Park Shake Shack. The Shake Shack building will be in the exact same space that it’s in now, and it won’t take up additional public park space. The renovations will be focused in and around the Shack, and will not impede the use of the park by the public. The kiosk’s footprint will be slightly expanded (by 4 feet) into the existing Shake Shack exterior space to ensure additional room for food preparation. The downstairs renovations will allow for more storage.
All of the seating will still remain outside. Shake Shack is covering the cost of the renovations. The renovations will not shut down the public park, but the Shack will be closed for approximately five months, hopefully in the winter. The plans have been approved by the PDC, and we plan to pursue all permits and approvals so we can begin improvements later this year.
So all things point towards the Shack being closed during the brutal winter months. Which even though its probably their slowest time, we literally went to this location in the middle of a near-blizzard condition and the lines were still in full effect. Bonus photo of that day below…