A Shake Shack location is coming to Upstate New York, but that's not the reason why people are excited.

Shake Shack is not new to Upstate, but the four locations of the fast-food chain that currently exist all share one characteristic: they're all located on the New York Thruway. You can access them, but you'll have to pay the corresponding toll, and that makes a quick trip for a burger much more complicated.

In 2023, however, our problems are about to be solved, as a fifth location appears to be in-the-works, and no tolls will be required for entry.

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Non-Thruway Shake Shack Location Set for Upstate New York Debut

A story from New York Upstate shared details of a new Shake Shack location that is set to open in Upstate New York in 2023. The restaurant will be located at 245 Clay Road in the Town of Henrietta, which is located near Rochester, roughly three and a half hours from Downtown Albany.

More importantly, it will not be located on the New York Thruway.

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The report claims that, when it opens, the location will become the first non-Thruway Shake Shack restaurant in Upstate New York. This may end up being true, but it will depend on the time taken for construction of this location compared to other Upstate locations that are also in-the-works.

It appears to be a battle between the three locations, including the Henrietta project, to open its doors first.

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New York Upstate shared other details on the announcement, gathered from WHAM earlier today:

  • Patrons will be able to sit down and take out meal service
  • Outdoor seating and a drive-thru will also be available
  • It will be open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m

It's now a race to the finish line for the title of first location to open its doors in Upstate New York, outside of the Thruway. Progress is being made at other locations in Clifton Springs and New Baltimore, but the update given from the Henrietta site is a very positive one.

It appears to have the lead in the race to finish first, and start serving hungry Upstate New York customers.

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