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Shake Shack Opens in Battery Park City

The Shake Shack at 215 Murray St. will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Photo courtesy of

By Julie Shapiro
DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

Get ready, ShackBurger fans.

Downtown’s much-anticipated Shake Shack opened this Wednesday in Battery Park City, the popular chain announced on Tuesday.

“We’re excited to have a location in this neighborhood,” said Jon Vandergrift, director of New York operations for Shake Shack, as workers put the finishing touches on the restaurant Tuesday morning. “It’s an up-and-coming area — we’re excited to be part of the redevelopment.”

The Battery Park City outpost, on Murray Street, features all the traditional menu items that made Shake Shack famous, including burgers dripping with the house-made ShackSauce, but it also offers three special “concretes,” or frozen custards, that can’t be found anywhere else.

The “Wall-nut Street” contains vanilla custard, cookie dough, walnuts and cherries; the “Lower West Side” has chocolate custard, malted marshmallow and cocoa nibs; and the “Downtown Butter Brown” serves up vanilla custard mixed with hazelnut brown butter streusel and seasonal fruit.

Read more about the Grand Opening from DNAinfo.

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Battery Park City Entrepreneur Spotlight

Battery Park City resident Roberta Souza, 30, already is an owner of two restaurants on Pearl Street and just opened another restaurant at 23rd Street and Third Avenue. Souza, who was born to a single mother in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, came to New York at the age of 17. Her mother, Antonia, a chef, had preceded her here.

“The first thing I did was go to school to learn English,” said Souza. She also got a job as a coat checker at a midtown restaurant called Giovanni’s. Next she enrolled at Borough of Manhattan Community College, where she studied business management. During college, she continued to work as a coat checker, this time at Beckett’s in the Financial District.

Ronan Downs, who owns Beckett’s, “believed in me,” said Souza. He kept promoting her. By the time she was 25, she was managing another of Downs’ restaurants, the Stone Street Tavern. At 26, in partnership with Downs and Alex Ramirez, she opened her own restaurant, Burger Burger, at 77 Pearl St.

At the time, Goldman Sachs’ headquarters was right across the street, and Souza said that Burger Burger was an instant success. Next came Pizza Pizza, also on Pearl Street.

In March, Souza in partnership with Downs and with the owners of Mad Dog and Beans, also on Pearl Street, opened Tap Room 307, which serves 42 kinds of draft beer from all over the world. “My life is work,” Souza said, but she seems to relish it.

“I’m trying to create an empire!” she said. She wasn’t kidding.

Burger Burger and Pizza Pizza are open daily. They deliver. For details and menus, go to and

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