A job posting for a Restaurant General Manager on the official Shake Shack website says “Stonestown Galleria - NEW SHACK OPENING!,” which leads us to believe there is a new Shake Shack opening at Stonestown Galleria.
Update (4/15/22): A Shake Shack brand communications director confirms to SFist that yes indeeedy we are getting another Shake Shack at the Stonestown Galleria. "I can confirm that we will be opening in Stonestown Galleria," the Shake Shack communications director tells us, adding that the new location "is scheduled to open by EOY" [end of year 2022].
"This shack will have a patio as well as walk up window," she adds.
Original Post (4/13/22): It was not always the case that the SF State-adjacent Stonestown Galleria shopping mall was described as a”foodie’s paradise,” as SFGate called it this past February. But the superlatives are justified, given Stonestown’s relatively recent additions of Kura Revolving Sushi Bar, Marugame Udon, and Yi Fang, plus the souffle pancake place and cult-hit Ike’s Sandwiches that opened there in 2019.
Now it appears that Stonestown will be shaking it up with another cult-hit restaurant brand. This job posting on the official Shake Shack website posts a position for “Stonestown Galleria - NEW SHACK OPENING!” If so, this would be San Francisco’s third Shake Shack, in addition to those in Cow Hollow and the Westfield Centre food court downtown.
The job posting itself is for “Restaurant General Manager - San Francisco Bay Area - Stonestown Galleria - NEW SHACK OPENING!,” and does mention “Location: Stonestown Galleria,” but makes no other mention of Stonestown Galleria or an opening timeline. SFist has reached out to Shake Shack’s communications team, and we will update this post with any response.
There has been no announcement from the Stonestown Galleria, who are generally not shy about posting updates to their Instagram and Facebook pages. Their Store Opening page lists five new shops, but none of them a Shake Shack. The Stonestown Galleria map currently does contain vacancies, so yes, there is definitely room for Shake Shack.
The burger-and-shake chain does have some history in this town, notably the Cow Hollow location’s neighbors being up in arms over formula retail coming into the neighborhood. That location opened just before the pandemic, and the Westfield Centre Shake Shack opened last June.
There is something of a Stonestown Galleria renaissance happening, after a rough phase that saw Olive Garden leave and Macy’s closing. But that new seat-motion movie theater and the Whole Foods opening in December certainly exorcized some demons, and a Shake Shack will likely bring out the SF State and Lowell High kids. The main course would be a 2,900-unit residential village, though those plans are likely to be clogged up at City Hall for years, but in the meantime, we’ll look forward to clogging up our arteries at Shake Shack.
Related: Shake Shack Opening In Cow Hollow Seen As An Insult and a Threat to Local Restaurants [SFist]
Image: William B. via Yelp