Could Shake Shack be coming to Darien?
Could Shake Shack be coming to Darien? The short answer is maybe–possibly.
Both the Darien Planning and Zoning Department and a spokesperson for Shake Shack have confirmed that there have been discussions about opening a restaurant location in town.
P&Z said David Genovese of Baywater Properties discussed submitting an application to open the restaurant on Tuesday night. No application has been submitted as of now, though.
Darienite reports that Shake Shack "has signed a lease for the former Chuck's Steak House site on the Post Road and wants to open for business by late summer or early fall 2016."
The local Darien site also summarized Genovese's Tuesday proposal:
"The store would have about 3,100 square feet of interior floor space in a building on the front corner of the three-quarter-acre lot, closest to nearby Interstate 95...The restaurant would have 45 parking spaces, 10 more than regulations require."
One possible hindrance to the opening of the popular burger restaurant is that Shake Shack would want to build a two-foot high sign in front if its restaurant, but zoning regulations only allow for 10-inch high signs
"Some other retail businesses in town have larger signs than the regulations allow, usually granted through variances to the rules, including nearby H&L Chevrolet and Nielsen's Florists," Darienite writes.
For now, Shake Shack enthusiasts can stay optimistic that plans will go ahead and keep an eye out for updates as they come.
Shake Shack's other nearby locations include: Westport, New Haven and New York City