More Shake Shacks Headed to Washington

The New York-based burger chain expands in the District and Virginia.

More addictive Shack Burgers are headed to Washington. Photograph by Scott Suchman

Shack Burgers galore! New York-based chain Shake Shack just announced two upcoming locations in Washington: one in Union Station, and another
in Tysons Corner, Virginia. Both are slated to open by mid-2014, which will mark a
total of five branches in the area. Others currently dish out burgers, griddled hot
dogs, and frozen custards in Dupont Circle and Penn Quarter and at Nationals Stadium.

Amtrak commuters will be happy to find the Union Station Shake Shack in the West Hall
(flyers, keep your fingers crossed for a Reagan Airport sibling like JFK has). While
no address has been given, the Virginia branch will be located next to Tysons Corner
Center in an independent building that press materials describe as “an elevated plaza
with lush green spaces and gardens.” It will also be within walking distance of the
Silver Line, whenever that little project wraps up.

Back in June during the opening of the Penn Quarter Shack, CEO
Randy Garutti told us that while the company was looking for more locations, “we’re not a company that descends
on a city and tries to open, open, open.” Come 2014, Washington will boast the most
Shake Shacks in one city save New York. Given this town’s fondness for burger chains—there
are a lot
could expect even more.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.