Shake Shack to open Fishers restaurant, looking in downtown Indianapolis

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A Shake Shack restaurant in downtown Washington, D.C. (Photo by Kristoffer Tripplaar)

With a restaurant already in the works at Indianapolis International Airport, Shake Shack also is paving the way for a Fishers location and is in the hunt for spot in downtown Indianapolis.

A construction design permit filed for 9701 E. 116th St. on behalf of Shake Shack Indiana LLC indicates the popular burger chain will fill an outlot building at the northwest corner of the Fishers District mixed-use development.

After being contacted by IBJ, Shake Shack confirmed late Thursday morning that it planned to open the 4,200-square-foot eatery in late 2020. It also said that it planned to hire 70 full- and part-time employees.

Retail real estate broker Steve Delaney, a first vice president with CBRE who specializes in restaurants, also confirmed the Fishers District location and said there might be another Shake Shack in the works.

“I know they’re looking downtown, but I don’t think they’ve got anything signed yet,” Delaney said.

Andrew Clifford, a partner in the Indianapolis office of 7D Commercial Real Estate who is representing the chain in selecting sites, declined to comment.

Last March, IBJ reported that the popular New York-based chain was scouting sites in the Indianapolis-area market and running ads to recruit managers. Its first confirmed location is in the airport, which is in the midst of a major retail overhaul.

The restaurant is scheduled to open this summer, according to an airport spokeswoman.

Shake Shack grew out of a hot dog stand that celebrity chef Danny Meyer opened in New York City’s Madison Square Park in 2000 as part of an effort to revitalize the park.

In 2004, Meyer and Garutti converted the cart into a full restaurant serving hot dogs, hamburgers, crinkle-cut fries and milkshakes. The restaurant quickly developed a cult following, with diners drawn to its simplicity and quality, ethically sourced food and excellent customer service.

Shake Shack restaurants average more than $4 million in annual revenue—far higher than most fast-food chains. McDonald’s restaurants average $2.6 million.

The chain now has more than 280 locations in 30 U.S. States and the District of Columbia. Shake Shack also has more than 95 international locations including London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Philippines, Mexico, Istanbul, Dubai, Tokyo, Moscow, Seoul and other countries.

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12 thoughts on “Shake Shack to open Fishers restaurant, looking in downtown Indianapolis

  1. I’m curious about the Drive thru speaker ban in the Fishers District. Will Shake Shack have a Drive Thru that’s online ordering only like Chipotle down the street (and soon to be Fishers Test Kitchen) or will they make an exception & start down that slippery slope…

    1. The speaker ban should be interesting in its attempt to block places such as Chez Ronald from sprouting up when the economy eventually turns sour and they need tenants.

  2. Yes Scotty Mcfadness keeps bringing the low wage jobs to Fishers! It is good to see Scotty branching out into generic fast food! But Speaking for myself and Lincoln Fibness keep bringing the pizza Scotty!

  3. Thank God they’re building downtown! I hate having to go to car dependent Fishers for everything. The traffic odds awful, and tourists don’t want to go to the suburbs either!

  4. I can always count on the same few folks to come on here and spew negativity about every development that comes along. I have no idea why some of you pay for this subscription unless it simply feeds your need to complain….anyway…Keep it up! I always get a good chuckle out of it.

  5. The old Scotty’s location on Pennsylvania & Virginia would be a great location! Close to Banker’s Life and has a nice open space for seating, fire pits, etc.