La Madeleine will close its French country cafe in Rice Village after Sunday to make way for Shake Shack.
The new Shake Shack at Kirby Drive and Amherst, to open in November, will be the New York chain’s second in Houston. A Galleria location opened in last November.
The Rice Village location was one of La Madeleine’s earliest. Now, with its lease expiring, the chain will have 17 cafes in Houston.
Rice Village, with assistance from Trademark Property Co., has been attracting trendy restaurants, installing public art, creating plazas, improving walkways and changing the facades of buildings to give the shopping district near Rice University a more urban vibe. A Hopdoddy Burger Bar recently opened at 5510 Morningside.