Here’s When You Can Expect Milwaukee’s First Shake Shack to Open

Milwaukee artist Gabriela Riveros created this illustrated map on the Shake Shack building.

The northeast corner of Water and Buffalo streets is quickly taking shake, I mean shape. Milwaukee’s first Shake Shack – the fast-growing chain started as a NYC food cart in 2004 – is due to open, the PR birds chirp, in early December. So just as you’re digesting that Thanksgiving turkey, you can start thinking about Angus ShackBurgers, crinkle-cut fries, Vienna all-beef hot dogs, crispy chicken sandwiches and hand-spun shakes in flavors like salted caramel, chocolate, peanut butter, coffee and classic vanilla.

The self-described “roadside burger stand” sports a cool looking illustrated map that celebrates Milwaukee’s diversity. It shows locals in various contexts – at nearby Milwaukee Public Market, the bridge leading into the Third Ward, the red Milwaukee Pierhead lighthouse behind the Summerfest grounds and more. That handsome map guides diners into the Shack, whose opening might be an early Christmas present. When I get that opening date, you will have it too.




Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.