Shake Shack coming to The Summit at Fritz Farm

Herald-Leader Staff Report

Shake Shack will open its first-ever Kentucky location at The Summit at Fritz Farm in Lexington.

The restaurant and the shopping center will open in March 2017, developers announced Tuesday.

The restaurant, which began in 2001 as a hot dog cart in New York City, features 100 percent angus beef burgers, hot dogs, crinkle cut Yukon potato fries, frozen custard, shakes, beer, wine and a Shack Burger dog biscuit.

The one-level, 3,000 square-foot Shake Shack will anchor “The Green,” a communal space area designed by Kentucky native and award-winning garden designer Jon Carloftis, states a news release from Bayer Properties that’s developing the $156 million, 60-acre shopping complex at Man O’War and Nicholasville Road.

Known for its legendary long lines, Shake Shack has restaurants in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Austin, and international locations including London, Istanbul and Dubai.

Among the stores signed to go into the new shopping center will be Whole Foods; Lexington's first Pottery Barn; Arhaus; J. McLaughlin, classic women's and men's sportswear and accessories; Orvis, country lifestyle clothier; Lily Rain, clothing and lifestyle store based in Houston and making its Kentucky debut, with jewelry, accessories and brands including Paige Denim and French Connection, Kate Spade gifts, Jonathan Adler home accessories, Butter London nail and lip products; Lotus Boutique, affordable “boho” chic; new to Kentucky; Anthony Vincé Nail Spa; new to Lexington; and Water + Oak, outdoor clothing, hiking, backpacking, climbing gear.

Other restaurants coming to The Summit will include Steel City Pops, a Birmingham, Ala.-based gourmet frozen-treat store; Texas de Brazil, an upscale Brazilian steakhouse; Ted’s Montana Grill, opening its second restaurant in Lexington; another Blaze Pizza; J Alexander’s, an upscale steakhouse; Babalu, a Mississippi-based tapas eatery; Lexington-based Athenian Grill; and a new restaurant from chef Ouita Michel.