A Shake Shack for Harvard Square

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Harvard Square now has an outpost of Shake Shack, New York restaurateur Danny Meyer’s burger emporium. Meyer made his name with high-end places like Gramercy Tavern, but it is Shake Shack that has the farthest reach, with branches from Boca Raton to Beirut. Last year the first area location opened in Chestnut Hill. Visit for fast-food flavors created with high-quality ingredients: burgers, hot dogs, fries, and frozen custard. On a recent visit, a cheerful employee greets new arrivals. “Have any questions? Would you like a menu to look at in line?” The place is full, and students in sweatshirts and professionals in suits look equally happy: Burgers and shakes are in the offing! The place is decorated in black, shades of gray, and stainless steel.

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