Burger war: Shake Shack coming to Palo Alto

Shake Shack's burgers and fries. Photo courtesy of Shake Shack.

Daily Post Staff Writer

Get ready for the great West Coast-East Coast burger powers to wage war in Palo Alto.

The original Shake Shack location in New York City’s Madison Square Park. Photo courtesy of Shake Shack.

Shake Shack, the New York City burger chain said to rival In-N-Out, announced yesterday that its first Bay Area outpost would open at Stanford Shopping Center this fall.

The restaurant is going to take over the Wells Fargo bank attached to the P.F. Chang’s in the area of the shopping center nearest to El Camino Real.

The 14-year-old chain started as a food cart at Madison Square Park. Since then, it’s opened more than 100 restaurants in 19 states and more than 50 locations abroad, including London, Istanbul, Dubai, Tokyo, Moscow and Seoul.

There are already eight locations in Southern California. And Palo Alto isn’t the chain’s Bay Area endgame: the burger honchos are already planning to expand north into San Francisco’s Marina district and Marin County.

Shake Shack sells hamburgers, chicken sandwiches and hot dogs along with crinkle-cut fries and frozen custard. Some locations sell beer and wine.

Shake Shack spokeswoman Kristyn Clark said the chain was seeking city permission to use a small piece of park land that the restaurant faces.

“Think tables, chairs, string lights, games. Reminiscent of our original Shack in NYC’s Madison Square Park,” Clark said in an email.

The restaurant will be vying for hungry Stanford Shopping Center diners against 19 other on-site eateries, including the Melt, Lobster ShackXpress and hot dog spot Gourmet Franks.