NYC’s Popular Shake Shack to Open in West Hollywood

Shake Shack, a popular East Coast fast food chain, is opening its first California restaurant in the long-empty space on Santa Monica Boulevard once occupied by Koo Koo Roo.

Shake Shack in New York City's Madison Square Park.
Shake Shack in New York City’s Madison Square Park.

“We’ve heard from our West Coast fans for years that they’d love a Shake Shack in California, and at long last, we’re delighted to say Shake Shack LA is on its way,” said Randy Garutti, Shake Shack’s CEO.

Garutti said the WeHo Shake Shack would open sometime next year in a new building designed by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture. “The architecture of the first LA Shack will build on Shake Shack’s history of creating restaurants with leading-edge design,” the company said in a press release. The restaurant will have dedicated parking and a large outdoor patio.

Shake Shack offers 100 percent antibiotic- and hormone-free Angus beef burgers, hot dogs and fries along with beer and wine. In New York City it is known for the long lines of customers who gather outside it at Madison Square Park.

Located at 8520 Santa Monica Blvd. at its intersection with West Knoll Drive, Shake Shack will be the latest development to invigorate a prominent but empty space on the city’s main thoroughfare. The city also has approved a development just to the west at 8550 Santa Monica Blvd. that will include a grocery store, a gym/fitness studio, a restaurant/cafe and office space with rooftop parking. The 20,000-square-foot grocery store space would be occupied by Sprouts Farmers Market, a Phoenix-based chain that sells natural and organic food.

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Ken Howard
Ken Howard
6 years ago

As long as they have a veggie option, I’m OK with it. Some of us finding eating beef abhorrent for the animals and for the environment in this age of drought, global warming, and rainforest devastation, and consumption of beef hurts all of these. And a burger/fries/shakes place right next 24 Hour Fitness, one of the biggest gyms around? Part of Koo Koo Roo’s appeal was that it had many healthy, non-fast-food options. Are the fit WeHo boys REALLY that interested in that kind of food, right before or right after the gym? And to fit into the really skinny/fitted… Read more »

luca d
luca d
6 years ago

100% all-natural Angus beef. No hormones and no antibiotics ever. Our proprietary Shack blend is freshly ground. All burgers are cooked medium unless otherwise requested, served on a non-GMO Martin’s Potato Roll. Add lettuce, tomato, pickle or onion – your choice! All you veggie-lovers, check out our ’Shroom Burger which stars a whole portobello mushroom roasted low and slow.

reflexive liberalism has become such a bore. sorry to bust”Rc” with facts from the company’s own website.

Rob Bergstein
Rob Bergstein
6 years ago

Can’t wait!

Brad
Brad
6 years ago

Shake Shack moves into quake country.

JJ
JJ
6 years ago

one less person in line. =)

Rc
Rc
6 years ago

hot dogs and burgers….gmo, no organic, no thanks.

Disco Dan
Disco Dan
6 years ago

On my way to 24 Hour Fitness earlier today, I saw notices on the front door. Oh, Shake Shack – never heard of them but at least that very large space will not be demolished to make for way for yet ANOTHER (and unnecessary) mixed use edifice !

Jim Nasium
Jim Nasium
6 years ago

I saw former governor Grey Davis and “Mission Impossible’s” Martin Landau eating chicken there.

SAVE The Koo Koo Roo building!

Relocate the chicken head!!!!

JJ
JJ
6 years ago

@ Flores St. LOL. SAVE the KooKooRoo building!

Todd Bianco
6 years ago

Fantastic! It sounds like there will either be new construction or a heavy remodel of the existing building. When Koo Koo Roo first opened, they had lines out the door and the parking lot was so busy they had to hire a valet. Shake Shack promises to be a very popular restaurant and it will be a huge draw to that corner again. Glad Shake Shack choose West Hollywood as its first California location. Now the challenge will be to manage the traffic this is going to be created during the first few frenzied months of operation.

luca d
luca d
6 years ago

now this is some yummy good news.

Flores St.
Flores St.
6 years ago

This means that the Koo Koo Roo building will be demolished? Didn’t Charlie Chaplin take his pet goldfish there once for a check-up?

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