Shake Shack is coming to Midtown Tampa

By  – Senior Reporter, Tampa Bay Business Journal

Shake Shack, the New York burger joint with a cult following, is finally bringing Shack Stacks and custard concretes to Tampa Bay.

New York-based Bromley Cos., the developer of Midtown, said Wednesday that Shake Shack (NYSE: SHAK) has signed a deal for 3,200 square feet at Midtown’s main entrance off of Cypress Street.

Bromley did not provide an opening date for Shake Shack but said that the district, which began vertical construction in May 2019, should open in early 2021. Midtown spans 22 acres at Dale Mabry Highway and Interstate 275 and is set to include three office towers, 390 upscale apartments, a dual-flag hotel and 220,000 square feet of retail.

The Tampa Bay Business Journal first reported that Shake Shack was working on a location in Midtown in September. The burger chain’s interest in the bay region dates back to at least 2016, when it first started scouting real estate in the area.

Bromley Cos. CEO Nick Haines called Shake Shack “another first-to-market restaurant that we’re thrilled to bring to Tampa.” The developer has also signed deals with True Foods Kitchen, the Oprah Winfrey-backed health food restaurant, as well as REI, an outdoor gear store. Both are new to the Tampa Bay area.

Shake Shack opened in Sarasota’s Mall at University Town Center in 2019. It has more than 170 locations, 70 of which are outside the U.S.

“We’ve followed Shake Shack from its first location next to our office in New York’s Madison Square Park, and appreciate the delight and appeal it has to its customers,” Haines said in a statement.