Ready for more Shake Shack madness? The Union Square Hospitality Group's four concepts — which include Shake Shack, Blue Smoke, El Verano Taqueria and Box Frites — officially open to the public at Nationals Park this evening with the start of the Nats' homestand against the St. Louis Cardinals. Incidentally, USHG founder (and big-time Cards fan) Danny Meyer will throw out the first pitch tonight at 7:05 p.m.
The ballpark transformed Miller Lite Scoreboard Walk into a lounge-y atmosphere for last night's VIP opening party whose guest list ranged from a Real HouseHusband of DC to media types scurrying around for interviews. A band played on a stage surrounded by synthetic turf and actual trees and plants that will remain at the park for all the sports fans who like pretending to be in a real park when they're at a game. Between sets, execs from both sides of the new partnership got up to say a few words, including USHG's Jeff Flug who cheered for the Nats (despite declaring himself a die-hard Mets fan) and noted that people had been asking him at this past weekend's Big Apple BBQ Block Party in New York when USHG was going to move into DC — that time is now, he said.
The facades for each of the four concepts are all different — Shake Shack's signature metal sign (which only went up hours before the party started), Blue Smoke's wood exterior and more — and shade sails provide cover for when you're waiting in the inevitably long lines. Though ballpark fare never comes cheap, the Nats announced they'll be selling $5 beers at the bar just adjacent to the Danny Meyer concessions for the 2.5 hours before each home game this season.
And, without further ado, the menus:
Pulled pork sandwich
Kansas City spare ribs
Chipotle chicken wings
Barbecued beef bologna sandwich
French fries/cole slaw/salty peanut-jalapeno chocolate bar
New York Dog
Take Me Out to the Ballgame concrete (vanilla custard with chocolate truffle cookie dough, peanuts and caramel)
El Verano Taqueria
Chicken mole pipian tacos
Chile-marinated skirt steak tacos
Combo taco platter
"Elote" corn on the cob
Chips & salsa
Small/large thick-cut fries (including one sauce)
Sauces: chipotle ketchup, ballpark mayo, smoked bacon aioli, bleu cheese, rosemary ranch
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