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Shake Shack Is Coming to Tokyo This Winter

Madeleine Johnson

Announced earlier this week in a press release, hip burger joint Shake Shack Inc (SHAK) is coming to Tokyo, Japan, opening in the city’s prestigious Meiji-Jingu Gaien Park. The Shack is expected to open this winter.

Meiji-Jingu Gaien is one of Tokyo’s most popular community destinations, for both locals and tourists; it’s the Shinto shrine dedicated to the sacred spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken. The park consists of a 170-acre piece of land with 120,000 trees from 365 different species, donated by people all over Japan.

This specific Shack will not only reflect Meiji Jingu—the company plans to create an “imaginative art installation’’ during construction in order to pay tribute to the surrounding gingko trees—but it will also continue Shake Shack’s original aesthetic, utilizing, in their own words, “innovative, forward-thinking architecture and design.”

“We’re incredibly excited to bring our first Shack to Tokyo. Thinking back 14 years to that humble hot dog cart in New York City, we were determined to find the perfect spot in Tokyo. The original Shack in New York City’s Madison Square Park created a place for New Yorkers and visitors alike to gather as a community. We’ve searched far and wide and we’ve found that same feeling again in Meiji-Jingu Gaien”, said Randy Garutti, Shake Shack CEO. “We’re absolutely thrilled to connect with so many passionate fans, develop relationships with talented local producers and connect with our guests in this wonderful community.”

In addition, Shake Shack intends to keep with its mission to “Stand For Something Good” by working with select local vendors to curate Tokyo-specific menu items.

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