Shake Shack Plan Approved By ZBA

By Andrew Wroblewski

awroblewski@longislandergroup.com

A rendering depicts a proposed Melville Shake Shack location.

A rendering depicts a proposed Melville Shake Shack location.

The Huntington Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously approved a parking variance for a planned Shake Shack location in Melville at its Aug. 6 meeting.

  Shake Shack’s plan for a 3,040-square-foot restaurant and 795-square-foot outdoor dining patio at 849 Walt Whitman Road in Melville had been scrutinized due to concerns over parking at the site. The restaurant chain had initially allotted 65 parking spots, 12 short of town code requirements. At a June 11 ZBA hearing, it agreed to add two more spaces for employee parking.

  ZBA Chairman Chris Modelewski said at the Aug. 6 meeting that Shake Shack’s clientele generally turn over quickly, which mitigates parking concerns.

  “In spite of the offerings being higher quality than, say, a McDonald’s or a Burger King, it [Shake Shack] does turn over relatively quickly,” Modelewski said. “It’s not like a conventional restaurant in terms of people staying, so you would have a lot of turnover on the traffic.”