Is Shake Shack coming to FiDi?

December 22, 2009 04:01PM

The Department of Transportation’s Plaza Food Court, a four-kiosk public space in the Financial District in Police Plaza near Centre Street, is seeking new vendors to sign five-year leases starting March 15, and Shake Shack could turn out to be one of them. Randy Garutti, Shake Shack’s new COO, has reportedly visited the site and in an e-mail obtained by, he wrote that he is interested in the space, which he called a “good prospect.” The four spaces could be subdivided or combined by a single entity, DOT, which has been making efforts to increase public plaza space across the city, wrote in a letter to prospective vendors. The new vendors would be subleasing from the current operator, which has been running the site for the past 10 years. “Our goal is to make the Plaza Food Court a destination-hot spot,” the letter said. If the deal with Shake Shack pans out, it would be the latest in the chain’s expansion plan for the city after the success of the original Shake Shack Madison Park. In October, Shake Shack opened on the Upper West Side, and the company recently announced a new Nolita branch. [Eater]