Shake Shack, one of the world’s best-known burger brands, will open its first Oregon restaurant in Beaverton on April 16, the company announced Wednesday.
Until now, the company had kept silent about its Portland-area expansion plans, but news had slowly trickled out. In December, the company’s proposal to turn a former vitamin store across from Powell’s City of Books was approved by the city of Portland.
But that downtown location, with its proposed patio, bicycle parking and outdoor ping-pong table, was not to be Oregon’s first. As first reported by The Oregonian, construction was already underway at the Cedar Hills Crossing shopping complex in Beaverton.
Shake Shack isn’t the only burger behemoth scouting out Portland locations. California’s In-N-Out chain is working on at least two metro-area locations. But don’t expect those to open anytime soon.
Shake Shack first opened in New York City in 2004, building its reputation on “classic” roadside American fare including burgers, hot dogs, fries and frozen custards, only with higher quality ingredients and plenty of local touches. The chain can be found in around 30 states, as well as other countries including Mexico and Kuwait.