Three days before the opening of Charlotte's first outpost of the red-hot popular Shake Shack chain, The Observer has learned that a second location already is being planned.
That second location will open late this year in Blakeney Village, the mixed-used development in South Charlotte, according to a source with the Shake Shack team.
Another Blakeney restaurant, Bravo! Cucina Italiana, will close April 29, but it isn't confirmed whether Shake Shack will take that spot. The Columbus, Ohio-based Bravo chain confirmed Monday that the Blakeney location is closing.
Shake Shack was started by New York restaurateur Danny Meyer as a small hot dog cart in 2001 and eventually moved into a small snack bar in Manhattan's Madison Park in 2004. With a simple menu of burgers, crinkle fries and frozen custard, it quickly developed a following, including legendarily long lines on summer nights. The concept now has more than 130 locations across the country.
Charlotte's first location opens in Park Road Shopping Center on Thursday.
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