Long Island burger lovers, get in line. Shake Shack is planning to open a branch of its cult burger joint in Westbury in late 2012.
Since Danny Meyer's first Shake Shack opened in 2004 in Manhattan's Madison Square Park, it has developed an army of obsessive followers; in fine weather the lines frequently fill the southern quadrant of the park, and a "shack cam," at shakeshack.com offers a live video feed to help customers plan ahead.
Shake Shack's burgers are made from ground Angus beef custom blended by LaFrieda Meats, New York's butcher to the star chefs. The menu also features split-and-griddled "flat top" hot dogs, Yukon Gold fries and frozen custard.
There are six Shake Shacks in New York City, as well as locations in Miami, Washington, D.C., Dubai and Kuwait City. The newest Shack opened this summer in Westport, Conn. and was, according to chief operating officer Randy Garutti, the chain's first foray into the suburbs.
"It's ironic," he said, "we always considered Shake Shack the modern version of the roadside burger stand -- but [the Connecticut location] was the first one that had cars."
The Westbury Shake Shack is planning to have about 125 seats (indoor and out). The eatery will be built at 900 Old Country Rd., in the Gallery at Westbury Plaza, a new shopping center whose completion is also targeted at late 2012. Other tenants are to include the Container Store, Nordstrom Rack and Trader Joe's.