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Shake Shack in Hoboken to Open Next Week

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The news {and a few rumors} that popular burger chain Shake Shack is coming to Hoboken has been buzzing around the city for a while now. However, that news — which we originally reported on back in October 2019 — is now becoming a reality. Known for its cheesiest of cheese fries and loaded shroomburger option for vegetarians, Shake Shack has announced its opening date in the new Mile Square location at 107-111 Washington Street. Read on to learn more about the Shake Shack coming to Hoboken and when it will be opening its doors.

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The Opening Date

Shake Shack initially announced that it was likely going to be opening in “quarter 2 or quarter 3 of 2020. It’s definitely still happening,” Michael Rawlins of RIPCO Real Estate {the company behind Shake Shack’s NJ locations} said, according to Patch. It’s likely that COVID-19 played a role in its postponement.

However, a rep from Shake Shack announced that the official opening date will be next week on March 29th. The eatery will operate from 11AM to 10PM Sunday through Thursday, and 11AM to 11AM Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Shake Shack in Hoboken

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Back in 2017, Shake Shack was in talks to come to the very same spot in Downtown Hoboken — the three vacant lots next to the Walgreen’s on 1st and Washington. According to Jersey Digs, the Mile Square City-based firm Nastasi Architects drew up plans for the lots, which featured five stories and more than 10 rental units. Shake Shack was reported to have taken the retail space on the building’s ground floor. Hoboken Girl reached out to Natasi Architects at the time to confirm, and they shared that the deal had fallen through.

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But by April of that same year, the Hoboken Zoning Board had squashed the plans. Well, not squashed them, so much as denied them. By the next release of the next round of renderings, Shake Shack’s signage was dropped from the images.

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At the time, there was no legal documentation that confirmed Shake Shack’s participation in the deal. However, the Zoning Board allegedly heard testimony regarding the application. Apparently, Shake Shack and Nastasi had reached a deal.

But ever since the Zoning Board dropped Shake Shack in 2017, not much word has been heard as far as what’s happening at 107 Washington Street. Until now, that is.

Back in October of 2019, the company’s official hiring page published a listing for a position at a Hoboken location, indicating that the Mile Square will soon be getting a new burger spot. Now, with the news of the opening date, that burger dream is about to become a reality in Hoboken.

From December 4th – 6th, Shake Shack opened a pop-up location in Jersey City and offered delivery to Hoboken as well.

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After all, Shake Shack is coming to a high-competition burger area — what with Bareburger down Washington Street at 5th, Arthur’s just a block away on 2nd, Zack’s over on Willow, and Onieals over on Park Street. Thick, juicy patties {and vegetarian/vegan options for plant-based eaters} can be found in nearly every food establishment in town — including Johnny Rocket’s, Grand Vin, The Ainsworth, Moran’s, 10th and Willow, and more.

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And while Shake Shack has established itself as one of the fastest-growing fast-food chains, we can’t forget its very humble origins. The original Shake Shack started out as a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park back in 2001. In 2004, SS upgraded to a hot dog stand, and the milkshake brand didn’t get a brick-and-mortar restaurant until 2010. Now years later, there are over 100 locations throughout the United States.

For more on where to score a delicious burger in Hoboken, check out our guide to some unique picks in Hoboken.

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