Beloved burger restaurant Shake Shack, which once inspired hungry diners to wait in hours-long lines at New York's Madison Square Park before expanding with dozens of locations across the U.S., is inching closer to Tampa Bay.
A lease agreement with Brenderson Properties shows the publicly traded burger chain plans to open a Shake Shack near the Mall at University Town Center in Sarasota, which would make it the closest outpost to Tampa for ShackBurgers and frozen custards in the state.
Florida currently has six Shake Shack locations, including three in the Orlando area and others in Boca Raton, Miami Beach and Coral Gables. This would be the first on the state's west coast.
The 10-year lease is for an approximately 3,200-square-foot space just west of the mall in The East District at UTC on Cattleman Road near California Pizza Kitchen.