Westlake Promenade shake-up

Shake Shack to replace PS 805


In-n-Out, Five Guys, Umami Burger, Stacked, Lucky’s Dog House, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers: There’s no shortage of places in the Conejo Valley to chow down on a delicious burger.

Soon, there will be one more.

New York-based Shake Shack, a cult favorite, is shimmying into the Westlake Promenade.

Sometime after the last bell rang for Public School 805 restaurant and bar on June 17, the Shake Shack started preparing for renovation.

The company has already filed tenant improvement plans for the construction with the city but no permits have been issued yet, said Thousand Oaks Economic Development Manager Haider Alawami, who did not know yet when the company hopes to open its doors.

“It shouldn’t take long because they’re not starting from scratch,” Alawami said. “It’s currently a restaurant, so it just depends on what kitchen changes they want to make, what interior changes.”

Already the restaurant has been advertising for management positions locally.

The chain, which started as a hot dog cart in New York’s Madison Square Park, has nine locations in the state, all in Southern California. The Thousand Oaks store will be the first in Ventura County.

Alawami, describing the restaurant as an East Coast version of In-n-Out without the drive-through, said he thinks it will be a good addition to the Promenade.

“It’s popular and it has followers,” he said. “It will bring in a lot of foot traffic . . . (and) it follows the overall community desire for these types of restaurants.”

Though it’s known for its burgers and namesake shakes, the restaurant also offers hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, fries, frozen custard and even its own beer, ShackMeister Ale. It also has something for man’s best friend, offering dog biscuits with or without frozen custard.

Neither Caruso Properties, which owns the Westlake Promenade, nor Shake Shack responded to a request for an interview.