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O.C’s 1940s-era Shake Shack seeks permit to sell beer and wine

May 11, 2012 | 10:11 am

Shake Shack

The Shake Shack, a landmark 1940s-era refreshment stand that overlooks Crystal Cove State Beach in Orange County, may soon serve beer and wine along with milkshakes and snacks.

The public notice of application to sell alcoholic beverages is posted in the window of the old-time stand at 7703 E. Coast Highway.

The Shake Shack, which is now owned by Ruby's, reopened in June last year after an extensive remodelling job, returning to its original 1940s yellow decor and adding menu items.

The popular stand has been a beachfront landmark since 1945 and was famous for its date shakes.

In 1989, state officials canceled longtime owner Virginia McKinney's lease amid plans to widen Coast Highway. But the Shack was saved and Corona del Mar tavern owner Arden Flamson took over a year later. In 2006, it went corporate and the Ruby's diner chain renovated and reopened the stand.


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Photo: The Shake Shack, which overlooks Crystal Cove State Beach, may serve alcohol. Credit: Times Community News