Shake Shack nears opening day for first San Francisco location, with more in the works

Shake Shack nears opening day for first San Francisco location, with more in the works
Photo: Shake Shack/Facebook
By Alisa Scerrato - Published on November 11, 2019.

Good news for burger lovers: Shake Shack is finally opening in San Francisco. Next month, the popular New York-based chain will open its first SF location at 3060 Fillmore St. in Cow Hollow.

Via email, the location's general manager, Crystal Lopez, said that it will open its doors in December. However, she declined to specify an exact date. 

Founded as a kiosk in New York City's Madison Square Park in 2004, Shake Shack, owned by famed restaurateur Danny Meyer, has become a juggernaut.

The chain currently boasts 168 locations in the U.S. and another 86 around the globe, serving its popular "Shackburgers," crinkle-cut fries, shakes and "concretes" (frozen custard blended with toppings and mix-ins).

Photo: Shake Shack/Yelp

The chain was a fairly late arrival to the Bay Area, having debuted its first area location in Palo Alto last December. A second opened in Larkspur in March, and a third is reportedly destined for the Uptown Oakland building that is soon to become Square's Bay Area headquarters. 

But while Shake Shack may have gotten a late start locally, it's making up for lost time. Last month, the chain announced it planned to open a second San Francisco outpost in the Westfield San Francisco Centre mall in 2020.

Now, it appears a third San Francisco location could be destined for the Inner Sunset.

Tipster Steve H. spotted a sign on the recently closed Lemonade at 1266 9th Ave., indicating that the chain is hiring for the Fillmore outpost. 

Photo: Steve H/Hoodline Tipline

A representative for Shake Shack declined to comment on whether the restaurant is taking over for Lemonade, and there's no indication of a handover in public records so far. But we'll continue to keep an eye on the space, and let you know who's moving in next.

Update, 11/13, 11:56 a.m.: A representative for Shake Shack has confirmed that the chain is not moving into the former Lemonade space on 9th Avenue. We'll continue to keep an eye out for who might be the space's next tenant.

Thanks to tipster Steve H.! If you've seen something new (or closing) in the neighborhood, text your tips and photos to (415) 200-3233, or email [email protected]. If we use your info in a story, we'll give you credit.