Shake Shack cooks up Mosaic District plans

The vacant storefront where Shack Shack could open in the Mosaic District

Shake Shack wants to take over a closed restaurant in the Mosaic District.

The burger-and-shake chain has been working through Fairfax County’s permitting process to move into the former Choolaah space at Suite 110, 2911 District Avenue, but it still lacks health, building, and other approvals.

Construction Journal and the Washington Business Journal previously reported the news, though the latter noted that plans could fall through. That was the case with a former Arby’s location that Shake Shack had planned for North Bethesda.

According to the WBJ, Shake Shack’s plans include an outdoor patio and bar-style seating inside:

Per the Mosaic plans, drawn up by Gensler, the Shake Shack will break down as 4,070 square feet inside and 668 square feet on the outdoor patio. Inside there will be bar-style, linear and open seating and four order kiosks. In addition to Gensler, the team includes Henderson Engineers, engineer KPFF and TriMark, a food service consultant and supplier.

An email sent to a Shake Shack spokesperson yesterday (Wednesday) wasn’t returned by the time this article was published.

The company’s only other location in Fairfax County is at Tysons Corner Center. It opened in 2014.

Choolaah, an Indian fast-casual food chain, opened in the Mosaic District in 2016 and temporarily shuttered amid the pandemic before announcing in January that the closure would be permanent.

Health, building, mechanical, and other reviews are listed as incomplete after Shake Shack saw permitting setbacks in September. Its application to the county was processed July 13 and is still listed as pending.

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