In a move reminiscent of Danny Meyer's Shake Shack origins, restaurateur Stephen Starr will open a seasonal burger stand in Philadelphia's Franklin Square. The actual stand will open midsummer but until then, Starr's restaurant group will work out of a tent. There's no name as of yet for this venture. Says the Philadelphia Business Journal:
“Franklin Square has always been one of my daughter’s favorite places in the city, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to create a concept for her and other families visiting the park. We are ready to serve the best burgers, hot dogs and shakes that everyone can enjoy while maintaining the quality service and cuisine Starr Restaurants has become known for,” Starr said. “Franklin Square is a piece of Philadelphia history and it is an honor for us to become a part of its future.”
Starr's company is behind a number of Philadelphia, New York City, and Atlantic City restaurants (Barclay Prime, Buddakan, Morimoto, among others).
Two's not necessarily a trend, but it probably won't be long before a third big-city restaurateur opens a burger stand in a park and this movement really takes off.