Drive-thru proposed for Danbury’s incoming Shake Shack
DANBURY — With the coronavirus pandemic in mind, a drive-thru is now being proposed for the soon-to-be built Shake Shack at the Danbury Fair Mall.
The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on an application to revise the approved plan for the free-standing burger joint in the mall’s overflow parking lot off Backus Avenue on Dec. 2.
The mall’s agent, Tom Beecher, said a drive-thru wasn’t part of the project’s original plan, but “Shake Shack has decided — particularly with COVID-19 and so forth — that it would be preferable” to have one.
“It’s actually going to be a pickup drive-thru,” Beecher said. “There won’t be an order window. It’s really for people to call in or text in orders in advance and then drive through to pick it up.”
Construction on the Shake Shack was originally scheduled to begin sometime in the spring, but due to COVID-19, the project’s timeline is currently unclear.
“There have been various projects that had original start dates, but then with everything that’s been going on this year, everything’s got put on different time schedules, so I’m not entirely certain when they would break ground,” Beecher said.
Currently, the focus is on getting the Planning Commission’s approval for a drive-thru.
“After the hearing is closed — depending on which way the commission wants to go — they’ll ask the deputy planning director to draft a resolution,” Beecher said.
The commission would then act on the resolution at a later meeting to either approve or deny the application. If approved, Beecher said, the building process can begin.
Whenever construction does commence, Beecher said it will probably take about three to four months to build the first Shake Shack in Danbury.
There are currently four other Shake Shack locations in Connecticut — New Haven, Westport, Darien and West Hartford.