This is not a drill: Shake Shack, the East Coast’s cult-favorite burger chain, is adding a second Seattle-area location with a restaurant in Kirkland. It should be open for business late summer or early fall. Shake Shack is one of 14 tenants — including a Dough Zone Dumpling House — announced in a new mixed-use development called Kirkland Urban.
Kirkland Urban will have more than 1 million square feet of space for offices, retail, and housing. Other confirmed tenants include Evergreens Salad; Mud Bay; Caffe Ladro; QFC; and a new restaurant from Heavy Restaurant Group, which owns Purple, Pablo y Pablo, Barrio, and more. Most of these businesses should be open around August.
Shake Shack opened its first restaurant in this region in Denny Triangle this past October. That restaurant has consistently drawn long lines for its wildly successful fast food — Shackburgers, chicken sandwiches, concretes, milkshakes. Seattle had been on the company’s wishlist for a while: CEO Randy Garutti is tight with the Canlis family, having befriended Mark Canlis at Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration. Garutti even became general manager of the Canlis family’s Seattle’s famous fine-dining restaurant before moving back east to join the team of Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer.