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Tampa’s first Shake Shack opening next week

Might as well get in line now.
Workers build Tampa's first Shake Shack in Midtown Tampa on May 12.
Workers build Tampa's first Shake Shack in Midtown Tampa on May 12. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published Jun. 3

Tampa Bay’s first Shake Shack officially has an opening date.

The long-awaited Tampa outpost of the popular burger-and-milkshake chain will open in Midtown Tampa at 11 a.m. on Monday, according to the company.

Along with a recently-opened REI Co-op, Shake Shack has been one of the most anticipated retail openings at Midtown, a $500 million mixed-use development off Dale Mabry Highway south of Interstate 275. The chain has 15 locations around Florida, including four in the Orlando area, but the closest one to Tampa is at the University Town Center shopping complex in Sarasota.

Midtown has attracted several new-to-Tampa-Bay restaurants thus far, including the Drew Brees-backed Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux, the Oprah Winfrey-backed True Food Kitchen, and Tampa’s first Ben and Jerrry’s store in more than a decade.

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Shake Shack grand openings typically draw crowds eager to try the burgers, hot dogs, custards and shakes that made the chain a cultural phenomenon in New York and Los Angeles. A recent opening in Oregon drew customers who waited hours in a line around the block to get in.

Throughout June, Shake Shack is selling a special Pride Shake to commemorate Pride Month. It features strawberry and blackberry frozen custard topped with a blend of mango and passion fruit, whipped cream and rainbow glitter.
Throughout June, Shake Shack is selling a special Pride Shake to commemorate Pride Month. It features strawberry and blackberry frozen custard topped with a blend of mango and passion fruit, whipped cream and rainbow glitter. [ Shake Shack ]

To mark Pride Month in June, the Tampa Shake Shack is selling a new Pride Shake with strawberry and blackberry frozen custard topped with a blend of mango and passion fruit, whipped cream and rainbow glitter.

The restaurant has been hiring workers in advance of the opening, including managers, cooks and cashiers. Openings are posted at shakeshack.com/job-board.

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Shake Shack’s address is 1011 Gramercy Lane, though it won’t appear in map apps until after the store opens.