[Updated 15/4/13 with Twitter account details]
It'd been rumoured for a while that Danny Meyer was bringing New York's most famous burger institution to London - and now we have confirmation. As revealed by Richard Vines this morning, Shake Shack will be arriving in Covent Garden in the Market Building mid 2013, with outdoor seating planned too. Yes, that's the Market Building just across from MEATMarket (which clearly has the Shack among its influences), so we may have to prepare for a burger war...
For those who aren't aware of the Shack, its flagship is in Madison Square Park in New York (with more around dotted around the US) and a visit is pretty much mandatory for any burger fans visiting New York. And if you're not a fan of the queues at Meat Liquor - just try queueing at that Shake Shack in August - you'll have really earned your burger by the end.
"For years an enormous number of friends in London have asked us when we would bring our first restaurant to their home,” said Danny Meyer. “We’ve looked high and wide for just the right time and spot, and at last we’ve found it. We’re positively in love with London’s thriving food culture, and are humbled and excited to bring Shake Shack to the UK.”
Menu details aren't available, but they have confirmed that we will be getting some dishes of our own "The menu will showcase all the Shake Shack classics, and items available only at this location," said a spokesperson. Those will probably be the concretes - frozen custard - which have specific flavours for each shack location.
Now if we can just have a permanent In n' Out, there will be no need to ever go to the States for a burger again.
Shake Shack London will open in the Covent Garden Market Building this summer. Keep up to speed with what they're up to by following them @shakeshackuk on Twitter.