If you follow @tablehopper on Twitter, you may have already read the news that Union Square Hospitality Group’s SHAKE SHACK is opening their first SF Bay Area location in Palo Alto at Stanford Shopping Center, due fall 2018. Also teased in the press release will be potential locations in the Marina District of San Francisco and Marin County. On the menu: their 100 percent all-natural Angus beef burgers, chicken sandwiches, and griddled flat-top dogs (no hormones or antibiotics), plus fresh-made frozen custard, crinkle-cut fries, craft beer, wine, and more.
Also in massive expansion mode is TARTINE BAKERY, which is not only expanding with a Tartine Manufactory in LA and more locations in Seoul, plus the Manufactory Food Hall in SFO, but they also have plans for the former 398 Brasserie location downtown here in SF (in the Hotel G). Eater caught the ABC license transfer and revealed Tartine was originally partnering with chef April Bloomfield (which would include business partner Ken Friedman), but with the fallout from allegations of Friedman’s sexual harassment of employees, Tartine has ended the partnership. We’ll have to wait and see what Tartine’s Chad Robertson and Liz Prueitt come up with next for the location. 398 Geary St. at Mason.
Shake Shack classics. Photo via Shack’s Facebook page.