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Shake Shack, one of the hottest burger concepts in the fast food industry and whose nationwide hot restaurants draw long lines of loyal customers, is coming to Colorado Springs.

The New York-based chain, known for its high-quality, all-natural beef burgers, plans to open southwest of InterQuest Parkway and Federal Drive, in the InterQuest Town Center development in northern Colorado Springs. , according to a proposal submitted to the city government. officials.

The 3,268-square-foot restaurant would have indoor seating, a 936-square-foot outdoor dining area and one of the chain’s first full drive-thrus, according to the proposal.

A timetable accompanying the proposal shows that construction could begin in June, with an opening in January 2023, although the project still needs regulatory approvals from the city.

“We’re very excited,” said Scott Bryan of Springs-based general contractor Bryan Construction, part of a group developing InterQuest Town Center. “They’re awesome, they’re popular, it’s kind of a gourmet burger. It really is a fantastic burger they serve there.

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“They serve beer and wine there,” he added. “So it’s not your typical burger joint. It’s very well done. It’s not just a drive-in thing.”

Shake Shack officials were not immediately available for comment.

Founded in 2004, Shake Shack bills itself as a “modern roadside burger stand” that serves “a classic American menu of upscale burgers, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, crinkle fries, shakes, ice cream, beer and wine”. according to a statement posted on its website.

The chain offers “fresh, simple, high-quality food at a great value,” while its restaurants provide “a fun and lively community gathering place with widespread appeal,” the website says. “Shake Shack’s mission is to ‘Stand Up for Something Good,’ from its premium ingredients and caring hiring practices to its inspiring designs and deep community involvement.”

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Shake Shack has over 240 restaurants in 32 states and Washington, DC, and over 125 international locations.

The chain already has a strong presence in Colorado with five locations in metro Denver, another in Boulder, one at Denver International Airport and an eighth restaurant opening Friday in Greenwood Village. A Castle Rock site is also planned, according to Denver media.

The arrival of Shake Shack makes it the latest major burger brand, along with other national and regional restaurants and stores, to expand in recent years to Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak area.

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The area’s growing population, strong economy and quality of life are making it increasingly attractive to restaurants and retailers who in the past had bypassed Colorado Springs in favor of Denver and other larger markets.

“Colorado Springs’ demographics are some of the best you’ll find and they’re even getting better over time,” said Michael Palmer, a sales broker with Quantum Commercial Group in Springs, which markets InterQuest Town Center. “It’s kind of the place to be. It really is. It’s become that.”

The InterQuest area, meanwhile, has become the hottest mall in Colorado Springs in recent years; it is exploding with dozens of new restaurants, shops and hotels, as well as hundreds of apartments.

California-based In-N-Out Burger, which has its own legion of fans, opened in November 2020 in the Victory Ridge development, southeast of the InterQuest and Voyager parkways. In-N-Out has also built a production and distribution facility in Victory Ridge that serves its Colorado locations.

Whataburger, a Texas chain that rivals In-N-Out in popularity, is set to open in the first quarter on InterQuest Marketplace, across from the Shake Shack site and north of downtown InterQuest.

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Last year, outdoor retailer Scheels All Sports opened only its second Colorado store at InterQuest, which is also home to the Great Wolf Lodge and Water Park and the Regal and Icon movie complexes.

The Air Force Academy, New Life Church, Pikes Peak Community College, and employers such as Bal-Seal Engineering are also among InterQuest’s key players.

“It’s all about location and activity,” Palmer said of Shake Shack’s choice to build at InterQuest and Downtown InterQuest. “It’s by far the most active area. And the highest growing area around it. It’s a very prominent place.”

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