Austin’s and Texas’s first Shake Shack, the New York burger franchise from restaurateur Danny Meyer, is getting close to opening on South Lamar. Eater got a sneak peek at its plywood at the Lamar Union complex so far. Designed by architect Michael Hsu, the restaurant aims to bring the outside indoors with wood details and lots of greenery. The centerpiece is the large living green wall designed by Articulture Designs. The piece is made with varieties of moss, including mood, sheet, and deer, along with air plants, mushrooms, lichen, and wood.
The 3,500 square foot space can hold up to 79 people. Seating includes booth-style benches and community tables with high tops. Those tables were handcrafted in Brooklyn using wood from defunct bowling alleys. There will also be a handicap-accessible communal option. The 1,008 square foot outdoor patio features picnic tables and banquettes facing South Lamar for perfect people-watching. Planters will also line the deck, which can fit 60 people.
The menu will feature the Austin-specific Lockhart Link Burger, made with Kreuz Market's jalapeno cheese sausages, along with the franchise’s signature items like ShackBurgers, fries, custards, and concretes. The kitchen will implement a composting program, too. Near the entrance will be a dedicated puppy parking station for dogs indulging in Shake Shake’s pooch-inis and dog biscuits.
The bar menu highlights local Austin beers: Hops & Grain, Independence Brewing Co., Karbach Brewing Co., Real Ale Brewing, and Austin Eastciders. The wine selection includes a local bottle from Duchman Family Winery. The alcohol offerings are alongside the burger franchise’s custom-made Brooklyn Brewery beer the Shackmeister Ale and the Shack Red and White wines from Frog’s Leap Winery.
The mega-popular burger sensation is still currently hiring staff. For those who can’t wait for the East Coast burgers, Shake Shack’s Austin t-shirts are available, too. The expected debut of the South Austin Shake Shack is late April or early May, with the Domain location projected to open sometime in mid- to late summer.