Shake Shack Officially Opening on Thayer on Wednesday

The famous burger and shake restaurant launches its first Rhode Island location in Providence.

Shake Shack burgers.

Shake Shack is opening its first Rhode Island location in Providence on Wednesday, March 20 at 11 a.m. The first 100 people in line with receive a free notebook and totebag by artist Jing Wei, a RISD alum who designed the mural inside the restaurant. The restaurant is located at 249 Thayer Street in College Hill, which will probably see a long, winding line down the block next week filled with patrons seeking out the famous burgers and shakes that became all the rage in New York City in 2004.

Shake Shack was born out of a hot dog cart located in Madison Square Park in Manhattan from 2001 to 2003 to support the Madison Square Park Conservancy’s first art installation. In 2004, the sensation was turned into a permanent kiosk. That’s where it turned up the menu to serve burgers, hot dogs, shakes and frozen custard. Now there are 162 Shake Shacks around the world, including twelve countries and twenty states, plus Washington, D.C.

Shake Shack is known as a modern-day “roadside” burger stand that serves 100 percent all-natural Angus beef burgers and griddled hot dogs, chicken sandwiches and crinkle fries. It’s also renowned for frozen custard which comes in both classic and unique flavors at the Thayer Street location, including Pie Oh My (vanilla custard with a slice of Four and Twenty seasonal pie), Chocolate Thayer Cake (chocolate custard, Shack fudge sauce, PVDonuts chocolate sea salt doughnut and chocolate toffee), and A La Rhode (vanilla custard, salted caramel, malt powder, banana and chocolate sprinkles).

Frozen custard at Shake Shake.

The Thayer Street spot will also support local breweries by serving beer by Narragansett, Foolproof Brewing Company and Whalers Brewing Company, plus Shake Shack’s exclusive beer made in partnership with Brooklyn Brewery, the Brooklyn ShackMeister Ale. There will also be red and white wine from the Gotham Project.

In keeping with its roots to support art, the Thayer Street Shake Shack will also donate five percent of sales from Pie Oh My to the Thayer Street District Management Authority’s Public Art Fund, which partners with local community members to bring public art projects to the Thayer Street District.


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