The Bay Area's First Shake Shack Opens This Weekend

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ShackBurgers and fries (Kristyn Clark/Shake Shack)

Shake Shack fans can start planning their visit — the first Bay Area Shake Shack is set to open this Saturday, December 15 at 11 a.m. in Palo Alto. In addition to the classics you know and love (or have heard of from friends) like the ShackBurger, this new location at the Stanford Shopping Center will also have unique menu items exclusive to Palo Alto.

One is the Golden State Double, a burger made with all-natural Angus beef patties from Richards Grassfed Beef, white cheddar cheese, McVicker Pickles bread and butter pickles and a Tartine Bakery sweet potato bun.

The Golden State Double
The Golden State Double (Kristyn Clark/Shake Shack)

Keeping with the "stay local" theme, Palo Alto's Shake Shack will serve frozen custard concretes made in collaboration with local businesses Pie Dreams, Dandelion Chocolate and Manresa Bread. The Pie Oh My is a vanilla custard with a slice of Pie Dreams seasonal pie, the Shack Attack is a chocolate custard, fudge sauce, chocolate truffle cookie dough, Dandelion Chocolate dark chocolate chunks, topped with chocolate sprinkle and the MB Malt is a vanilla custard, Manresa Bread whole wheat chocolate chip walnut cookie and fudge sauce. Oh my!

Shake Shack's frozen custard concretes in collaboration with local purveyors.
Shake Shack's frozen custard concretes in collaboration with local purveyors. (Kristyn Clark/Shake Shack)

And it doesn't stop there. The new Shake Shack is selling beer and wine from local names as well, such as Fort Point Beer Company, 21st Amendment, Broc Cellars, Hunt & Harvest and more. The Palo Alto location will have an outdoor covered patio that will be nice when summer swings back around next year, but there's supposedly ample seating for guests either way in this 2,491 square-foot space.


If you're on the fence, just know that 25% of proceeds from the opening day, along with 5% of sales from the Pie Oh My concrete, will be donated to La Cocina.

And if you're not feeling super eager to wait in potentially long lines, here's a reminder that Shake Shack has further West Coast expansion plans and Palo Alto is just the first step. Next up, they will open in San Francisco's Cow Hollow neighborhood, and they also plan to open a location in the Marin County Market.

Shake Shack
180 El Camino Real, Suite #950
Palo Alto, CA
Opening hours:
Sunday-Thursday: 11AM - 10PM
Friday & Saturday: 11AM-11PM