Don’t get your hopes up just yet, but rumor has it that there may be a Shake Shack (JFK and Winthrop) opening up in Harvard Square, in the space next to OM restaurant.
“At this point we have submitted an application to the city for a special permit, and we will not be in a position to make a formal announcement until the board has reviewed and approved our application,” a manager said here. However, Scout called Cambridge’s licensing board early last week and they said they haven’t received an application yet.
The burger-shake-and-fry operation, which began in 2004 as a single hot dog cart in Manhattan’s Madison Square Park, has since grown into a chain with nearly 20 branches and a beloved following across the Eastern Seaboard. Boston Eater reports that the Bay State’s first Shake Shack, which opened in March in Chestnut Hill, features a selection of Massachusetts-themed concretes (Shake Shack’s inexplicable name for their frozen custards with candy mix-ins), beer and wine (including ShackMeister Ale, a special Brooklyn Brewery beer available exclusively at Shake Shack) and an assortment of treats for canine visitors.
Will the state’s next Shake Shack be in our very own Harvard Square? Only time will tell.