District of Colombia foodies can rejoice over the newest Shake Shack location, which opened this week near Dupont Circle. Shake Shack started out as a small burger stand in NYC’s Madison Square Park in 2004 and quickly grew a strong following, with current locations ranging from Miami to Dubai and Kuwait City.
At the newest Shake Shack, DC patrons can order signature favorites like the ShackBurger, as well as “concretes” – thick frozen custard shakes – with locally-themed names such as “Washington Monu-Mint” and “Majority Whip.” But that’s not all that sets Shake Shack apart from your typical burger joint: The company has installed LED lighting and implemented a number of other sustainable practices in its operations.
Shake Shack composts food scraps on-site and recycles cooking oil into bio-diesel fuel. The Upper West Side location features a living “green wall,” which provides clean air (and good ambience!) year-round, plus low-voltage LED light fixtures. The LED lights help reduce exterior lighting costs by 80 percent! What’s more, Shake Shack also offsets their electricity by purchasing wind power credits through Carbonfund.org.