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By Elena Kadvany

Shake Shack to open doors at San Mateo's Hillsdale Shopping Center this weekend

Uploaded: Dec 12, 2019

Get ready, San Mateo. Shake Shack is coming this weekend.

The East Coast burger chain is opening its third Bay Area location at Hillsdale Shopping Center this Sunday, Dec. 15, at 11 a.m.

If the lines at the 2018 Stanford Shopping Center opening are any indication, it's sure to be hectic this Sunday at 33 Hillsdale Mall.


Shake Shack's burgers are made from a proprietary blend of all-natural Angus beef. Photo by Veronica Weber.

Shake Shack, born in 2001 in New York City as a hot dog cart, still serves flat-top hot dogs but is best known for its thin, smashed burgers served on squishy-soft Martin's potato rolls. There are now more than 200 Shake Shacks worldwide, including locally in Palo Alto and Larkspur.

Shake Shack also serves a fried chicken sandwich, portobello mushroom burger, crinkle-cut fries, frozen custard desserts, beer and wine.

The Hillsdale location will also have the Golden State Double burger, a special burger made from local products for Shake Shack’s Bay Area debut in Palo Alto. The burger has two patties made from Moraga-based Richards Grassfed Beef in partnership with Cream Co. Meats in Oakland, white cheddar, smoked garlic aioli and bread and butter pickles from McVicker Pickles, all on a sweet potato bun from San Francisco institution Tartine Bakery.

Hillsdale Shake Shack will also serve Bay Area-specific custards: the MB Malt, made from vanilla custard, whole-wheat chocolate-chip walnut cookies from Los Gatos-based Manresa Bread; the S'Mores, chocolate custard with marshmallow sauce, graham crackers and chunks of San Francisco's Dandelion Chocolate (exclusive to this location); and the Pie Oh My, vanilla custard blended with slices of seasonal pie from Pie Dreams in Fremont. Five percent of sales from the Pie Oh My desserts will go to La Cocina, a San Francisco nonprofit that mentors low-income food entrepreneurs, primarily women from immigrant communities and communities of color.


Frozen custard "concretes" at Shake Shack in Palo Alto. Photo by Veronica Weber.

The 3,850 square foot Shake Shack has an outdoor patio and a custom mural by San Francisco street artist Fnnch.

Shake Shack is one of several noteworthy eateries headed to Hillsdale Shopping Center. Belcampo Meat Co., Palette Tea House and The Refuge are all slated to open there in 2020.

San Mateo won't be the last Bay Area city to get a Shake Shack. The company has announced plans to open more locations in San Francisco and at the San Jose International Airport.

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