INDIANAPOLIS — It’s official. Shake Shack is coming to Indianapolis.
The decision was officially made Friday morning by the Indianapolis Airport Authority board, but it’s been in the works for a while.
But it comes with some news that may leave some hungry Hoosiers disappointed – the Shake Shack will be past security at the Indianapolis airport, meaning you have to have a ticket to fly to try the restaurant.
Marsha Stone, the senior director of commercial enterprise, sees it as an incentive to travel from Indianapolis.
“We have so many new airlines, new flights … what a great time to buy a ticket and fly and try Shake Shack,” she said.
The exact menu has yet to be determined, but it will be in Concourse B.
Most Shake Shack locations across the country feature burgers, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, frozen custard and milkshakes.
“The attraction of the first Shake Shack to the State of Indiana is representative of the caliber of this airport and what we represent,” Stone said.
Some current restaurants at the airport chose not to put in a bid to continue operations, while others did, so the new locations will be mixed with current options.
There are three operators responsible for hiring for the new locations.
“Certainly there’s a lot of opportunity for Hoosiers to find jobs as part of this program expansion,” Stone said.
In addition to Shake Shack, the airport will also be adding local options like Bubs Burgers, Sun King Brewery, Hot Box Pizza, Social Cantina, Tinker Coffee and Ben’s Soft Pretzels.
The construction will take place over the next three years.