Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer may not have been rooting for the Cubs during the World Series, but that won’t prevent the New York-based phenom burger chain from opening a restaurant around the corner from Wrigley Field. The outpost should open in mid-2019 inside the Addison & Clark development, according to the Tribune. The new restaurant would effectively replace Goose Island’s former Wrigleyville location at 3535 N. Clark St.
Chicago’s first Shake Shack opened two years ago in River North. Meyer and Co. followed by opening a location inside the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, and then a third in suburban Skokie. There’s a fourth planned for a 2017 opening at Fulton Market.
Shake Shack is not the only burger chain with interest in Cubs fans. Culver’s has long planned to open a location at 3500 N. Clark St., which is around 250 feet away across the street. Culver’s now claims they’ll start serving butter-burgers next year near Wrigley.
Baseball and Shake Shack already established a relationship when the burger chain opened in 2009 inside the home of the New York Mets, Citi Field, followed by a location inside Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals. Shake Shack also has a location for Philadelphia basketball and hockey fans inside Wells Fargo Center. While this location is outside of Wrigley Field, baseball fans have already showed they have a hunger for the Shack’s griddled patties.
Despite Meyer’s reluctance to support the Cubbies, Shake Shack did peddle a Cubs-inspired burger with Stephanie Izard after the team broke the curse of the Billy Goat and won a world championship. He'll soon peddle burgers just a couple blocks from the Cubs' home.