In just a week, what was once a humble dry cleaners at 20th and Sansom will be a Shake Shack outpost, adding heft to the city's burger dominance. Travel & Leisure recently reported that Philadelphia ranked No. 2 among the country's 35 major metropolitan areas for best burgers, up from No. 22 last year. Though Fairmount's Hickory Lane was cited heavily in the piece, the Shack's opening near Village Whiskey (also cited) makes Rittenhouse the burger-iest neighborhood in the city.
During the Shack's construction, Danny Meyer's NY-based company did something quite unusual: It covered the in-progress building with a wall of green by Philly's Shift_Design. It was a way to beautify the neighborhood rather than blight it with all the ugly trappings that usually accompany construction. So planters covered the plywood. If the Shake Shack burgers are as good as that idea, we may well be ranked No. 1 next year.
· Shake Shack Philly Unveils Wall of Green [Eater Philly]
· It’s Official: Shake Shack To Open Next Wednesday, June 6; Take A Sneak Peek At The Opening Menu [uwishunu]
· America's Best Burger Cities 2012: Philadelphia [T+L]