Is Shake Shack Finally Coming To Downtown Walnut Creek?


No one knows precisely when, but the answer to this question is most likely ‘yes.’

Shake Shack is a popular burger joint located all over the United States. They’re famous for their crinkle-cut French fries, craft beer, and milkshakes in unique flavors, such as their Cornflake Chocolate Drizzle Shake.

Source: Blair Heagerty / SFGate

The exciting news of one of the most popular fast-food restaurants opening its first Walnut Creek store has been spreading like wildfire. It was also revealed a few days prior in several food sites based in the Bay Area.

There’s a big chance. However, the deal is not even close to finished yet.

Shake Shack submitted a conditional use permit and design review application to the City of Walnut Creek associate planner Haley Croffoot in November 2020. According to the filing, 1604 Mt. Diablo Boulevard would be home to two stories built by New York-based Shake Shack Inc.—one main level on top of another that includes storage space, restrooms, and employee break room facilities—as well as an outdoor patio area.

Source: Twitter (@AndrewCrow)

On a meeting scheduled last March 17, 2021, The Design Review Commission met to discuss Shake Shack’s proposed project—a remodeled exterior building and new outdoor patios at the corner of Locust Street where Destination Maternity formerly stood. The conditional use permit would also allow Shake Shack to place a take-out window on the south side of the building.

Source: Paul Chinn/The Chronicle

Approval by the Planning Commission and then final approval from the Design Review Commission is required before moving forward with a project that involves conditional use of specific areas. This process can take time, especially when committees continue to meet following state ordinances. No future meetings have been scheduled for this project, but check back here or visit one of the Bay Area’s six Shake Shack locations—Oakland, Larkspur, Palo Alto San Jose, and more!

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