The Shake Shack's application to serve wine and beer has been delayed by 10 letters of protest, a state official has confirmed.
"It's going to be awhile," said Nora Amante, a licensing representative for the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control office in Santa Ana.
The Shake Shack applied for the license in May. Fourteen letters were sent to ABC officials protesting the license, 10 of which were validated, she said.
The letters generally expressed concerns for the dangers of intoxicated patrons leaving the parking lot and exiting onto East Coast Highway, she said. Amante is investigating the protests and eventually will write a report supporting or denying the license application.
If the license is supported, she said she would notify all the protesters, who would then have an opportunity to request a hearing. The process could take a month or two, she said.