It’s been a two year wait, but Shake Shack finally has opened in Grand Central Station. The 34th NYC Shake Shack is in the downstairs food court, alongside other strictly local NYC eateries including Junior’s and Magnolia Bakery. The GCT location is the 34th in the growing Shake Shack empire, and it has some original menu items, including the chain’s new hand-cut fries, on-the-go ShackMeister Ale bottles, and a signature dessert called the “GCT Crunch-stellation” with vanilla frozen custard, malt, Valrhona chocolate, and chocolate toffee pieces.
Business Insider says the opening is the finale to a two-and-a-half-year real estate saga that stared in 2011 when Shake Shack bought the 2,300-square-foot location occupied by Zócalo, which refused to vacate when its lease was up, claming the bidding process was “corrupted.” Zocalo eventually filed for bankruptcy and was evicted early this year.
Crain’s reports that Shake Shack’s 10-year lease will be $100,000 higher than what Zócalo was paying, at $435,000 a year. New York Magazine’s Grub Street food blog did the math, and said that it equals roughly 94,565 single ShackBurgers.