Shake Shack Debuts In Houston’s Rice Village Neighborhood On February 28
Cult-favorite Shake Shack is opening its third Houston location next week. It’s located at 6205 Kirby Drive and follows up the a restaurant in the Galleria and another at Minute Maid Park. (A fourth one is coming at some point; Swamplot reported that the company has taken out a lease on the former Burger King next door to Blacksmith at 1002 Westheimer.)
As has become tradition for the national chain, it’s customizing the shop’s offerings by sourcing some ingredients from independent Houston businesses. First off are the frozen custard concretes: Pie Oh My, vanilla custard with a slice of seasonal pie from Rebecca Masson’s Fluff Bake Bar blended in and West U‑nicorn, vanilla custard that incorporates Unicorn Bait cookies, also from Fluff Bake Bar, as well as strawberry puree and salted caramel sauce. As is fitting for something made with products by Masson, who regularly supports dog adoption groups, five percent of sales from the Pie Oh My concrete goes to the Houston Humane Society.
Joining the list of regular Shack Shack burgers is the Texas-exclusive Lockhart Link Burger, a cheeseburger topped with a jalapeño cheese sausage link from Kreuz Market in Lockhart. It’s finished with pickles and Shake Shack’s trademark ShackSauce,
While Shake Shack’s proprietary ShackMeister ale is available as usual (an easy-drinker made by the very capable Brooklyn Brewery in), more local flair comes by way of the other beer taps. Those will pour offerings from Houston breweries Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Back Pew Brewing and Anheuser
Shake Shack standardly incorporates reclaimed materials in each shop design. For the Rice Village location, table surfaces made by CounterEvolution in New York City use wood from reclaimed bowling alley lanes, the chairs by Uhuru in Brooklyn use sustainable materials and booths crafted by Staach in Rochester use lumber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
Visitors who go to the new Rice Village location when it opens should brace for one likely possibility: long lines. Shake Shack’s hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Phaedra Cook has written about Houston’s restaurant and bar scene since 2010. She was a regular contributor to My Table magazine (now closed) and was the lead restaurant critic for the Houston Press for two years, eventually being promoted to food editor. Cook founded Houston Food Finder in November 2016 and has been its editor and publisher ever since.