In Penn Station's ongoing effort to be more appealing, the transit hub is now bringing Shake Shack to commuters next year, according to the Post. Danny Meyer's uber popular fast food joint signed a ten-year lease for a nearly 2,500-square-foot space, at $500 per square foot. The burger restaurant told the Observer that it would be opening in 2017, in the underground concourse at the station.
Shake Shack, which also has a location at JFK, Citi Field, and Grand Central, is part of the growing roster of food destinations at Penn Station. Earlier this year, celebrity chef food hall The Pennsy opened at the street level of the area in a former Borders space, with stands from chefs like Marc Forgione and Mario Batali. Eater critic Robert Sietsema found on his early visits that most of the diners seemed to be there for the food, instead of travelers stopping in for a bite.
The owner of the new corridors, Vornado Realty Trust, is trying to make the stores nicer, better designed, and au courant, the Post writes. Aside from Shake Shack, Vornado has brought in Magnolia Bakery and Pret A Manger. As leases for other retailers expire, expect to see more turnover at Penn Station, with new businesses more in the line of Shake Shack.