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Popular fast-food chain to offer alcohol alongside burgers and shakes at planned Henrietta location

Construction of western New York’s first stand-alone Shake Shack at 245 Clay Road at the nook of Jefferson Road in Henrietta seems to be going full velocity forward. But there’s been a slight change of plans.

In addition to burgers, fries and different fast-food fare, the restaurant needs to serve beer and wine to adults. Last month, the Henrietta Town Board agreed to modify Shake Shack’s special-use allow, initially OK’d in February 2023, to permit it.

The firm nonetheless has to get a liquor license from New York State Liquor Authority, and it isn’t clear the place Shake Shack is in that course of. The authority checks for native approval earlier than issuing licenses.

The drinks shall be served in particular person bottles and cans reasonably than on draft, Henrietta city Supervisor Stephen Schultz stated.

Alcoholic drinks might be bought as a part of a takeout order, he stated, however by regulation containers cannot be opened till the client has reached his vacation spot.

A rendering of the Shake Shack coming to Henrietta. Recently, the town gave its OK for the burger restaurant to serve beer and wine to adults.A rendering of the Shake Shack coming to Henrietta. Recently, the town gave its OK for the burger restaurant to serve beer and wine to adults.

A rendering of the Shake Shack coming to Henrietta. Recently, the city gave its OK for the burger restaurant to serve beer and wine to adults.

Some folks at the assembly the place the allow revision was granted advised the association condones ingesting and driving.

But, “For as long as I can remember, you could go to Wegmans, grab a six-pack from their beer cooler and food from their deli area and jump in your car,” Schultz stated. “There is no additional protection against drinking and driving in that scenario, and in fact, you don’t even need to buy the food at Wegmans, you can just buy the six-pack or wine coolers, etc. At a liquor store, you can buy any liquor and then what do you do? You get in your car.”

An instance of grounds for voting down such a request embody an institution being shut to a residential space. The Shake Shack website is not — it is in an space zoned industrial.

The revised allow additionally permits the Henrietta Shake Shack to host live and DJ music.

It has no instant plans to accomplish that, Schultz stated. The firm simply needs to hold that choice open.

An organization spokesperson couldn’t present a gap date and even ballpark estimate of a gap date — “not until we get closer to finalizing the build,” she said.

In its original application, Shake Shack detailed plans to demolish a vacant Denny’s and put up a 3,500-square-foot restaurant with sit-down, takeout and drive-thru service and outdoor seating.

Proposed hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Shake Shack began in 2001 as a hot dog cart near New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Three years later it evolved into a burger kiosk, developed a cult-like following and has grown to more than 400 locations worldwide.

The chain is best known for its burgers, but the menu also includes chicken sandwiches and bites, hot dogs, crinkle-cut fries, milkshakes, lemonade and iced tea.

Reporter Marcia Greenwood covers general assignments. Send story tips to [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @MarciaGreenwood.

This article initially appeared on Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Shake Shack restaurant to serve alcohol at its Henrietta NY location

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