Shake Shack Expanding In Japan

Shake Shack raised $105 million in its initial public offering last month and now plans to push the expansion overseas. Shake Shack’s largest presence is in New York with fifteen shops, but also has other shops within the US and a few overseas including London, Istanbul, Moscow and Dubai. The burger chain plans to open ten more and grow to roughly 450 shops.

Shake Shack signed a licensing agreement with a Japanese company, Sazaby League Ltd., which has opened Starbucks coffee shops in Japan in the past. The goal will be to open ten Shake Shack shops in Japan by 2020. A Tokyo restaurant is expected by next year. The Japanese Shake Shack restaurants will have the same Shake Shack menus with the same burgers, shakes and crinkly fries and their infamous frozen custards. For more information on Shake Shack’s expansion overseas in Japan, click here. 

Milk & Hops Opening In The Village

Yang Gao, a Beijing immigrant in New York went from being a professional musician to opening a wine shop in Astoria, quite the change of industry for Yang!  He later opened two outposts of Astoria Bier & Cheese, a market-restaurant hybrid that sells domestic craft beer and international cheeses. The beers and cheeses are served in different styles and preparations across the long marble bar.

Astoria Bier & Cheese will now be moving to Manhattan and is scheduled to open by next week. While it will not be called ‘Astoria Bier & Cheese’ because of geographical reasons, the concept of a hybrid restaurant-market will remain the same. The menu will also be very similar including meat and cheese plates and sandwiches. The shop inside Milk & Hops will sell grab-and-go cheeses, cocktail bitters and cocktail mixes. The new location can be found at 779 Broadway near 9th St. For more information on the opening of Yang Gao’s Milk & Hops in the west village, click here