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Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - By Kevin Donohue - No comments
Like every member of the New Haven Community, our stomachs rumbled in approval at the recent news that Shake Shack will be opening a location here in town; in fact, it will be right down the street from our office on Chapel Street. For those of you who don’t know, Shake Shack is a mini-chain that originated in New York that has developed a devoted following, especially for its signature “roadside” burgers. A problematic temptation for those trying to abide by diets? Perhaps. A positive development for the “thrilling urban renaissance,” in the words of Shake Shack Founder Danny Meyer, currently underway in New Haven? Definitely.
In fact, the restaurant will open in a space that is owned by Yale University, but has been unoccupied for years. For some New Haveners, this became a source of frustration, because they felt that this prime location should not have languished, underutilized, for so long. Where do engaged citizens turn when they want to express themselves on an issue relevant to their community? SeeClickFix, of course.
In SeeClickFix Issue # 14074, New Haven residents bandied about ideas for the space, and encouraged Yale to find a suitable tenant for the location. The issue received a lot of attention, garnering nearly six thousand views. Yale representative Bruce Anderson even contributed to the comment thread, writing, “...we are within 30-60 days of announcing a tenant for this space.” This is another great example of how we’re helping to bring communities together, and its especially satisfying since it concerns our own neighborhood.
So, a hearty welcome to our soon to be neighbors, Shake Shack. We look forward to enjoying a burger in the near future.
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