The new, optimally located eatery will be the chain’s third in Brooklyn

Shake Shack takeover! The burger joint is coming to DUMBO

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Three makes a trend — and Brooklyn is trending toward Shake Shack!

The milkshake and burger joint is coming to DUMBO, making it the third in the borough by the time it opens in the old Pete’s Downtown location in mid-2014.

The upscale burger chain announced the new restaurant on Wednesday. Shake Shack will take over the large space in the prime location on Old Fulton Street at Water Street, steps from the Brooklyn Bridge Park, and its opening will come on the heels of a new Barclays Center location.

“Amazing views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline? We’re in!” Shake Shack said on its Facebook page.

Restaurateurs Danny Meyer’s famous patty parlor will fill a restaurant space that has been vacant since the landmark Pete’s Downtown closed in early 2012. The corner building, built in 1835, once housed the Franklin House Hotel, which anchored an important center of trade before the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. The new Shake Shack will have some iconic neighbors to contend with, sitting next door to the River Cafe and down Old Fulton Street from Grimaldi’s.

The cow product–centric eatery’s first location opened to great fanfare in 2011.

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.

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Reasonable discourse

Jim from Cobble Hill says:
over-under I'll give it 6 months.
Aug. 15, 2013, 9:44 am
Pat from Brooklyn says:
Are you joking? It'll do great. Modern New York adores mediocrity at top dollar.
Aug. 15, 2013, 12:47 pm
ty from pps says:
A cheeseburger with quality beef, cheese and fresh vegetables is $4.10 -- is that "top dollar"? And what makes fresh ingredients a symbol of mediocrity? That's about $1 more than a similar size burger at McDonald's.

And the $5 milkshakes are pretty amazingly delicious. Definitely not mediocre, though a bit pricey.
Aug. 15, 2013, 1:04 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
I kind of outgrew the burger/shake life - I think it will do great if it has enough foot traffic - again the malling of Brooklyn - a high end mcdonalds
Aug. 15, 2013, 1:06 pm
bengee from cohey says:
Would somebody tell these people to toast the h-buns please.By the way MickeyD's Augus burger is not all that bad.Much better than the other mystery meat burgers they sell.

Aug. 15, 2013, 4:03 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
As someone who has been to pretty much all the Shake Shacks that are around (including the one at Citifield), there are some ups and downs to this. The ups is that they do make their foods organic, so they are not processed unlike so many other fast food places. However, there are a lot of downs to this as well. One of them is that the lines can be very long, plus fining a seat there isn't always so easy unless you don't mind avoiding peak hours for better chances. Another of them is that just about everything they have there is very pricey, though I still tend to find it worth it despite those costs. I just hope that they can find a place with better seating capacity, because a lot of them don't seem to have that.
Aug. 15, 2013, 5:10 pm
The Chooch makes an awesome burger with grass-fe from the Park Slope Food Coop says:
But I did check out the Shake Shack at the end of Fulton Mall and it was great! Five Guys in Park Slope was good too, but I think they closed.
Aug. 15, 2013, 5:33 pm
Pat I. from 70's Brooklyn says:
I've never eaten at Shake Shack, but I have dined at "the clones (Bobbie Flay and Stephen Starrs outlets). A good burger - I mean a really good burger - is not dirt cheap. And trusted friends tell me that Shake Shack's food is great - and reasonably priced.

Yeah I miss my greek diner burgers where the cook would slap a ball of meat on the grill, flatten it out to the size of dinner plate and charge 6 bucks (with fries). But these guys are doing fast food right and the price breaks on raw materials keeps the prices down.

It fits nicely into the Brooklyn scheme of things, McD's on one end, 100 dollar foie Gras/kobe beef burgers on the other and Shake Shack.

The problem is - there's no criteria for what hipsters deem "corporate". Is Shake SHack too big? I mean Danny Meyer is a legend and has tons of restaurants. Is he a fat cat exploiting the working man?
Aug. 16, 2013, 9:34 am
Pat I. from 70's Brooklyn says:
BTW - for any who can remember - King George on Fulton St. across from A&S. Best Burgers
Aug. 16, 2013, 9:35 am
Bruce from Brooklyn says:
The real shame is that a place where you can sit down and enjoy a meal and the nice view has been replaced by a fast food rush em out joint.
Aug. 16, 2013, 9:46 am
The Chooch from culinary Brooklyn says:
Some of these old school diners and lunch counters in Brooklyn are just abysmal. Totally on autopilot, the food has no taste. Dollar for dollar, corporate or hipster, fast or slow, it matters not. The culinary arts in Brooklyn are way way better now than they were before gentrification.
Aug. 16, 2013, 10:38 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Did anyone every try that new stem cell burger? It's said to be very healthy, but there are some downsides to this. One of them is that it takes an hour to make, and I don't think anyone wants to wait that long just for a burger. Another one is that it will probably be very expensive, and this one isn't even made from kobe beef.
Aug. 16, 2013, 2:24 pm
Fluffy LeMieux from Mousend says:
I'm looking forward to it.
Aug. 16, 2013, 2:25 pm
Arnie P from Brighton and more says:
I certainly remember A & S's, but esp., King George for their Hamburgers!!! Winds up I went to school with the owner's son later on in life. What a place, made going to A&S a treat.
May 30, 2014, 9:14 pm
Kindnest from Flatbush says:
Yep, I remember and loved king George's burgers.
June 9, 2015, 5:23 pm

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