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Shake Shack clear for Grand Central, will open by end of October: MTA

The Shake Shack's SmokeShack burger. (Erica Marcus)

The Shake Shack's SmokeShack burger. (Erica Marcus) Photo Credit: The Shake Shack's SmokeShack burger. (Erica Marcus)

Shake Shack is finally set to open in Grand Central Terminal, as the former tenant of its space has cleared out and the burger joint should be open by the end of October, the MTA said Wednesday.

After more than two years and a handful of lawsuits, Mexican café Zocalo left the area on the lower level of GCT that Shake Shack is going to move into, clearing the way for the restaurant to open.

"We are pleased to be able to move forward at last with our ongoing effort to re-bid the retail spaces in Grand Central," MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan said.

Zocalo closed on April 28 and left the area by the court-ordered deadline of April 30, Donovan said, and Shake Shack officially took possession of the space May 1. Crain's New York first reported the story.

Shake Shack spokesman Greg Waters declined to speculate on an opening date, but said the company is "thrilled to be moving forward with our plans to bring Shake Shack to Grand Central Terminal."

"It's very exciting to think we'll have a Shake Shack housed within such an iconic New York City landmark," Waters said.

This story has been updated with new information from the MTA about Shake Shack's opening date.