Construction on Shake Shack’s new burger hub in Rice Village — next door to the coming Rice University clothing boutique on Amherst — looks about medium well now that the brick building has been blackened, stripped of its awnings, and shielded by a metal frame bearing all-caps signage. La Madeleine restaurant left the building last March ahead of renovations planned for the entire Village Arcade structure between Kirby and Kelvin.
A Rice Village property manager announced in 2016 that the born-in-Manhattan chain with current locations as far-flung as Bahrain was on its way to Kirby. Back then, Houston was completely Shack-less, but that changed when a debut location opened in a Galleria parking lot later that year. Since then, one other Shake Shack has cropped up in the city — behind center field in Minute Maid Park.
- Previously on Swamplot: Rice U. Apparel Store Preparing To Nest Next to Coming Rice Village Shake Shack; Rice Village La Madeleine Will Shut Down Sunday for Shake Shack-ification; Parking Meters Sprout in Rice Village for February Switchup; Owls, Giant Aluminum Owl Origami Now Stationed Watchfully by Rice Village Parking Garage Entrance; Leafy Galleria Shake Shack Spot To Open Next Friday, Serve Other Houston Restaurants’ Food; Before-ish and After Views of the Rice Village Design Overhaul Now Underway on University Blvd.; Shake Shack Will Take Over La Madeleine’s Rice Village Space; Bricks Turn White in the Rice Village as Arcade Makeover Unfolds; Galleria Shake Shake To Be Served With a Side of Leafy Greens; Simon Says: Shake Shack Is Definitely Coming to the Galleria
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