At long last, the New York City-based retro fast food phenomenon Shake Shack may have plans to open in Vegas, right on the Strip. The franchise, known for its burgers and mind-bendingly long lines, looks like it's planning to open a 4,081-square-foot, split-level restaurant in the former Carnaval Wine & Spirits and neighboring Starbucks space in the Carnaval Court. Located between Harrah's Las Vegas and Imperial Palace/The Quad, that entire stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard is now undergoing renovations as part of the $550 million entertainment complex The Linq.
Inside, customers can belly up to the burger counter to order and sit at one of the 150 seats upstairs in a mezzanine or 96 outside seats. The burger joint would sit right on the Strip facing the Forum Shops at Caesars.
In an interview with The New York Times in September, Shake Shack poobah Danny Meyer said despite the high number of requests from Vegas casinos, he wouldn't open any of his restaurants in Las Vegas, with the exception of Shake Shack. "We never know who's eating there day-to-day anyway," Meyer wrote in an e-mail to the Times. "There's no reservation sheet to scour; no dining room to host."
Reps with Caesars Entertainment say they do not know of any plans for the trendy burger joint at Harrah's. Shake Shack reps issued the following statement: "As you can imagine, rumors often circulate about our potential openings. We have decided not to comment on any of these rumors until we have something specific to share."
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