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NY's Shake Shack Getting Closer: Will Open in Las Vegas

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A tray loaded with Shake Shack goodies in NYC (Lindsay William-Ross/LAist)
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Sin City is about to get a little more sinful for burger lovers, thanks to word of the impending expansion to Las Vegas of the uber-popular NYC chain Shake Shack.

Zagat is among the foodie sites spreading the news that restaurateur Danny Meyer's burgers and shakes enterprise is going to be "part of a new $100 million shopping/dining plaza" that's slated to open early 2014 between the Monte Carlo and (appropriately) New York, New York right on the strip.

Shake Shack is further cozying up to Angelenos by proxy, thanks to its sharing placement on the plaza with "Umami Burger's sister pizza place, 800 Degrees," which is exporting to Vegas from L.A.

The plaza is a unique concept for the Strip, where gamblers and gluttons alike have been forced into containment inside typically-windowless megaresorts to lose all sense of time and money and propriety.

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The new plaza is meant to encourage "social interaction" and "people-watching," while everyone enjoys the outdoors in the heart of Vegas, says MGM Resorts, who are behind the project.

Meyer said via release: "This is a made-to-order fit for Shake Shack to serve in the first-ever park on the Las Vegas Strip."

This means that Shake Shack and SoCal's In-N-Out will finally be in the same city, making room for an in-person smackdown and/or loyalty test for diners.