The Shack backs out of a site by Fitz’s


By Erin Achenbach
Staff Reporter

South County fans of The Shack, a popular breakfast and brunch restaurant with five locations in the St. Louis region, may be disappointed to learn that it will not yet be opening up its sixth location in South County, after it was previously announced a year ago that the restaurant would open at 5228-5240 S. Lindbergh Blvd.

The Shack was supposed to be part of the new “Gathering Square” development at a long-vacant site on South Lindbergh Boulevard near Outback Steakhouse, which included a second Fitz’s location that opened in January.

But in an email to The Call, The Shack’s Christina Crowley said that the restaurant walked away from its Lindbergh lease and declined to elaborate further. Both Fitz’s and The Shack announced last year they would occupy the other side of the same building as Outback Steakhouse.

The property is owned by Arnold resident and developer Daniel Jones, who could not be reached for comment.

It is unknown if there is any company lined up to fill the space left behind by The Shack.

At the time the new development was announced, it was said that it could bring 110 to 130 full-time equivalent jobs on top of an additional $5 million to $7 million in revenue beyond what Outback Steakhouse already makes.