Shake Shack to launch in Israel next year

The fast-food chain will first arrive in Tel Aviv with plans to open at least 15 more branches across the country


CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - MAY 06: A sign hangs above a Shake Shack restaurant on May 06, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. Despite beating analyst expectations with first-quarter earnings and revenues the company’s share price dropped as second-quarter guidance fell short of expectations. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Israelis can now relish another burger chain as fast food giant Shake Shack is set to launch in Tel Aviv next year.

According to the company, there are plans to open at least 15 branches across the country over the next decade.

Shake Shack said it will “create one-of-a-kind Shack experience unique for the Israeli community,” by collaborating with local purveyors and producers.

Late-night cravings will be satisfied by the Shack’s signature items, including the ShackBurger, classic crinkle-cut fries, frozen custard ice cream, and alcoholic drinks.

The Shake Shack partners did not disclose whether the Israeli branches will meet kosher dietary requirements.

The first Shack opened in 2004 in New York City. Since then, the company has expanded to over 450 locations globally, including over 295 in the US and more than 150 international locations including London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Istanbul and Dubai.

The expansion is a partnership between the CEO of Fox Group, Harel Wizel, a fashion and lifestyle retail group with thousands of worldwide stores, and Yarzin Sella Group, which owns over 30 restaurants and high-end corporate dining services in seven countries.

"We're thrilled to bring the iconic Shake Shack experience to Israel and share our passion for high-quality ingredients, hospitality, and community," Wizel said. "We will secure access to the best locations all around the country, ensuring that we can bring the Shake Shack experience to as many people as possible."

Yuval Sella, chairman of Yarzin Sella Group, added: "We are honoured to bring this beloved American brand to our local market and provide our guests with the same exceptional quality and experience that Shake Shack is known for worldwide. This is an exciting milestone for our company, and we look forward to sharing the joy of Shake Shack with the people of Israel."

Whilst news of the burger joint opening in Israel has not cheesed off many, some on social media were less than impressed, with one twitter user slamming the fast food giant saying: "When 5 Guys comes to Israel then we’re talking. Still, good news about Shake Shack as it’s good for people who have no taste buds."

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