Shake Shack, the popular burger joint with roots in New York City and over 200 locations across the country, announced its plan to open a location on the corner of Canal and North Peters streets in the Canal Place by the end of this year.
"A fun and lively community gathering place with widespread appeal," the company said in a press release, "Shake Shack has earned a cult-like following around the world." That "cult" will now look to add new followers from New Orleans.
The downtown site will be New Orleans's "flagship" Shake Shack location, joining two others under construction, one in Metairie at 3501 Veterans Blvd, the other in the new terminal of the Louis Armstrong International Airport.
The 3,411 square-foot restaurant, equipped with an outdoor eating space, will be built with "recycled and sustainable" materials. Patrons will eat in booths constructed with wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and on tables made from recycled bowling alley lanes.
New Orleanians who have visited a Shack in a different state can enjoy all the burger chain's classic options, from its Shackburger to its crinkle-cut fries and hand-spun shakes, along with chicken sandwiches and griddled flat-top Vienna beef dogs.
The company will bring its traditions of fresh, affordable food, sustainable architecture, and commitment to community to the Big Easy.