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Shake Shack Withdraws Application as Neighbors Cry Sacrilege

The full report on last night's Community Board 2's SLA Licensing meeting—complete with news on Michael White's newest—is up next, but first, let's take a moment for Shake Shack. As evidenced by the signs around Nolita (above) and the comments section of an Eater post on the matter yesterday ("I'm all for Shake Shack, just stay the f away from our street!"), the Shake Shack proposal for a liquor license for 47 Prince Street was a contentious one.

David Swinghamer, a Union Square Hospitality Group big wig, said, "We are excited for having a restaurant in this neighborhood...we've always admired it." It will officially be a one story building with eight seats on the ground floor and additional seating on the roof. The planned hours are 11 AM - midnight. When asked how it is going to be a good asset to the neighborhood, David said USHG will add landscaping to make it look aesthetically pleasing—a comment that was met with laughter from Soho/Little Italy residents who went to the meeting.

When the residents, primarily from 49 Prince, gave their anti-Shake Shack speeches, they mentioned how the traffic caused by the lines will be incompatible with the area, that it will be too noisy (especially since they claim that Delicatessen is already a 'burden' to the neighborhood), and that it will add trash to the neighborhood. One outraged resident said, "People will be eating burgers and looking over a cemetery - that's sacrilegious!" Others voiced concern over Shake Shack customers potentially sitting on the stairs of the nearby church, St. Patrick's Old Cathedral.

In the end, David said that listening to all of these complaints was important, and he was going to take all of this new-found information into consideration and deliberate with the whole USHG crew. He withdrew the beer/wine application.
· Dear Nolita: You Cannot and Will Not Stop Shake Shack [~ENY~]
—Reporting by Natassia Miller

Shake Shack Nolita

47 Prince St., New York, NY