One of the most highly anticipated restaurant openings of the year finally makes its debut on Dec. 29 when the very first Shake Shack on the West Coast arrives. The cult-favorite burger haven is so popular on the East Coast that the original location in Madison Park has a live feed to show hungry fans just how long they will have to wait.
This version, the largest in the Shake Shack empire, plans to make its home at the entrance to The Park, the new dining complex and arena opening between New York-New York and the Monte Carlo in 2016. It’s as if the restaurant is coming full circle, landing in a park in a hotel with the name of its original location. You can see the entire menu here. Here now, 26 things you need to know before you dine.
1. While Shake Shack is technically part of New York-New York, there will be no entrance from inside the resort. Diners will have to walk outside.
2. While Shake Shack won’t have a live video feed of the line, there will be one forming for the 11 a.m. opening on Monday.
3. Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group is behind the restaurant.
4. Shake Shack uses 100 percent all-natural Angus beef burgers with a grind created by butcher Pat LaFrieda in New York.
5. Shake Shake also has griddled-crisp flat-top dogs.
6. And frozen custard.
7. And crinkle cut fries.
8. A 2,500-square-foot patio will have roving waitstaff who can take orders on handheld devices.
9. You can also order shakes and beverages at an outdoor takeout window. No food though.
10. One of its famous Concretes uses Gimme Some Sugar for one ingredient. The All Shook Up includes vanilla frozen custard and chocolate toffee bits blended with a slice of banana peanut butter cheesecake from local bakery Gimme Some Sugar.
11. Another Vegas-only Concrete? The Jackpot with vanilla frozen custard, Belgian waffles, strawberry purée, marshmallow sauce and rainbow sprinkles.
12. You can also order The Shack Attack with chocolate custard, fudge sauce and chocolate truffle cookie dough, Mast Brothers dark chocolate chunks and chocolate sprinkles, which is a classic Shack fan favorite that originated at Shake Shack’s flagship location in New York City’s Madison Square Park.
13. Go bonkers and order the Shackapalooza, a colossal, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink-style frozen custard dessert with premium mix-ins — meant for sharing.
14. Starting Jan. 1, order the special off-the-menu, the ShackMeister Burger — a 100 percent all-natural Angus beef cheeseburger with crispy ShackMeister Ale-marinated shallots and ShackSauce. The ShackMeister Burger will be available for a limited time.
15. Vegas also lands an expanded beer and wine selection — both on tap. ShackMeister Ale, a beer meant to complement the ShackBurger that is brewed just for Shake Shack by Brooklyn Brewery, Bad Beat and Tenaya Creek are available as a pint, pitcher, or custom Shake Shack 32-ounce "Roadie."
16. The wine list will feature a range of varietals including house wines Shack Red and Shack White — made exclusively for Shake Shack by Frog’s Leap in Napa Valley, Calif.
17. Non-alcoholic beverages include Shack-made lemonade, bottled Stumptown iced coffee, draught root beer from Abita Brewing Co. in Louisiana, fresh brewed iced tea and more.
18. Las Vegas Shack is partnering with First Friday Foundation Las Vegas, which advances local artists and inspires civic art in Las Vegas. Five percent of sales from the All Shook Up concrete will benefit First Friday Foundation Las Vegas, and Shake Shack team members will volunteer at the foundation’s special events.
19. The location uses recycled and sustainable materials.
20. Custom chairs and booths are constructed from lumber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
21. Stools have been upcycled from Pacific NW telephone poles.
22. The Vegas Shack’s interior walls are made from Wyoming Snowfence reclaimed timber.
23. Reclaimed barn siding from eastern U.S. farming states lines the walls.
24. Tabletops are made from reclaimed bowling alley lanes designed in Brooklyn, N.Y.
25. Shake Shack will be open from 11 a.m. until midnight Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
26. This marks the first time you can taste In-N-Out Burger and Shake Shack burgers fresh in the same city.