Shake Shack is here!

Good morning everyone,

There's not much to get excited about the weather this weekend. It rained last night and it's going to rain today and tomorrow...well, actually tomorrow will clear up here in Hiroshima, but it's expected to rain in the morning for the Kobe Marathon. Hopefully it'll clear up by the time the race's going to continue to be unseasonably warm with highs all week hovering around 20C.

To be honest, the rain doesn't bother me that much, but it makes packing a pain in the butt! Ha ha! They're very strict about the size of bag you can take, so after I finish this blog, I have to make some hard decisions about what gets left behind...

But before that, there are more important things happening...Shake Shack has finally arrived in Japan!

The long-awaited opening of Tokyo’s first Shack, located along the splendid gingko trees on Icho Namiki Avenue in one of Tokyo’s most posh areas, Aoyama, took place on Friday morning with hundreds of customers lining up for hours before the opening, including one fan who had been there since Thursday night.

A commemorative ribbon-cutting ceremony, attended by Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti, Vice President Michael Kark and officials from Sazaby League - Shake Shack’s official partner in Japan, which also brought Starbucks, Flying Tiger and other foreign brands into the country - took place at just before 11 a.m. as enthusiastic cheers from the crowd and staff escalated to the background music of Shack’s brass band.

Tokyo’s Shack, inspired by the first-ever Shake Shack in New York City’s Madison Square Park, occupies 412 square meters and has 67 seats inside the store and 100 on the spacious terrace, which offer a good view of the autumn gingko leaves.

The store features Shake Shack’s signature items including everyone’s favorite ShackBurger - cheese, fresh lettuce, tomato, and ShackSauce, finished with a buttered, toasted, soft potato roll (680 yen) as well as the bacon burger SmokeShack (880 yen) and the griddled-crisp flat-top hot dog Shack-cago Dog (580 yen), in addition to Shack Red or White wine, straight from Napa’s wineries.

Unique Japanese treats will also be served, including the “Black Sesame,” a black sesame shake (480 yen) and “Walk in the Park”, a vanilla custard ice cream with matcha, “kinako” (roasted soy bean flour) and yuzu-miso-caramel toppings of your choice (480 yen each).

Garutti told reporters that he looks forward to the opening of more stores in Japan in the future, although there are no concrete plans yet. “As of now, I just want to focus on this store and enjoy the opening,” he said. Which of course means that we may never see one here in Hiroshima...looks like I have a better chance of having my next Shake Shack burger back in Canada than I do in Japan. Ha ha! It would be nice to get one good burger place here in Hiroshima though...there are so many great burger shops back home that would make people stop thinking that McDonald's is a typical isn't!

shake shack

That's what a good burger should look like! I can give the fries a pass though...just give me a burger and a glass of water and I'm good!

But...not till AFTER the race tomorrow! I'll have a burger, Kobe beef, a Starbucks latte, some ice cream...I'm going to be busy! Ha ha!

Have a great day!

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