NEW YORK — Hamburger chain Shake Shack plans to open its first Staten Island location at Empire Outlets when it debuts next spring.
Empire Outlets will be New York City’s first and only premium retail outlet center. The new Shake Shack restaurant, located alongside 100 designer retailers and steps from the Staten Island Ferry and New York Wheel, is expected to draw millions of New York City residents and tourists beginning in 2018. New York Wheel is a 630-foot ferris wheel under construction that will be the largest in the world when completed.
Shake Shack’s new location will allow Staten Island visitors and residents are able to enjoy the 100% all-natural Angus beef burgers, crinkle cut fries and hand-spun shakes that have made the New York City-based restaurant so popular since its founding in 2004. Shake Shack’s 3,865-square-foot restaurant at Empire Outlets will include a 947-square-foot outdoor dining area offering extraordinary views of the Lower Manhattan skyline. The restaurant is expected to open in March 2018, concurrently with the opening of Empire Outlets.
“Shake Shack is a perfect addition to the mix of retail and restaurants that makes Empire Outlets the future of shopping and dining in New York. Just as Empire Outlets is the city’s first and only premium outlet center, we’re proud to make it the home of Shake Shack’s first Staten Island location,” said Joseph Ferrara, principal at BFC Partners, developer of Empire Outlets. “We are so excited to bring Shake Shack to this community and we can’t wait to see what their team will achieve here. We look forward to creating a fantastic visitor experience and making Empire Outlets one of the city’s top shopping, dining and food and beverage destinations.”
“For years, so many of our guests and team members have hailed from Staten Island and continually asked us to bring a Shack to their neighborhood,” said Randy Garutti, Shake Shack CEO. “With the opening of the Empire Outlets, we’re excited to call Staten Island home.”
Shake Shack’s new location at Empire Outlets will join the outlet center’s diverse group of dining options curated by Michael Brais of Douglas Elliman Commercial, including Two Boots Pizza, Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque, Nathan’s Famous and MRKTPL, Staten Island’s first-ever artisanal food hall.
MRKTPL, a 12,723-square-foot artisanal food hall with a 3,000-square-foot outdoor dining space, will include more than 30 diverse and unique concepts that showcase the best local and international purveyors in an elegant environment. This best-in-class culinary fare will attract and impress foodies visiting from across the world and cement Empire Outlets as an unmatched dining destination.
Located adjacent to the St. George Ferry Terminal, Empire Outlets will feature over 100 designer outlet retailers, a boutique hotel with a rooftop venue and a 1,250-space parking garage. Major retailers at the center already include H&M, Nordstrom Rack, Banana Republic, NIKE Factory, Gap Factory and Columbia Sporting Goods, among others. E