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Shake Shack coming to Grand Central before end of year
Metro-North is shaking up the mix of eateries at Grand Central Terminal, where it racked up record-breaking revenue last year.
Before the end of the year, Shake Shack, the burger, fries and, oh yeah, shake joint, will replace Zocalo, a Mexican restaurant that has been in litigation with the MTA for several years, officials said Wednesday.
The Danny Meyer chain, which among other places has a location at Citi Field, has signed a 10-year lease for $435,000 a year. That's about $100,000 more than what Zocalo is paying. By the end of the lease, annual rent will grow to $567,000, MTA officials said.
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Over the past year, the MTA has been renegotiating tenant leases once they expire and bringing in new ones at higher rents.
Last year, Metro-North took in $51.4 million in so-called nonpassenger revenue from its Grand Central base. It was the highest total in the railroad's 30-year history.
Spiking the surge was a 14.2 percent jump in tenant rents in 2012, to $23.76 million, $3 million more than 2011.
Among the most notable additions to Grand Central is the Apple store, which took over the East Balcony space in December 2011.
Shake Shack, which started as a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park in 2004, joins 68 other shops and eateries now housed at Grand Central.