Shake Shack, the renowned burger concept founded by Danny Meyer, is putting in place the management team that will oversee its launch in London this summer, with a number of appointments from the cream of the UK’s casual dining operators.

Tim Lowther, former franchise recruitment manager across North West Europe for Burger King, is responsible for the launch of the brand here in Covent Garden’s Market Building.

Management for the site will be overseen by Michael Gonsalves, formerly a general manager at YO! Sushi and Christian Solanot, ex-general manager at Cote.

Marketing will be handled by Jeni Fine, former brand manager at Tragus.

Shake Shack has taken the Icecreamists and New York Deli units in the Market Building in Covent Garden for its UK debut, which is scheduled for this summer.

It is also believed to be looking at up to a further four sites in London for a planned expansion in the capital.

The company, which operates 14 sites in the US and two under franchise in the Middle East, had been in advanced talks regarding a site in Leicester Square, understood to be 1 Leicester Square.

Meyer said: “I am positively in love with London’s thriving food culture. I adore the city and have always enjoyed the time I’ve spent there over the years. For some time now an enormous number of friends in London have asked when we would bring our first restaurant to the city. We looked high and wide for just the right time and spot, and at last I think we’ve found it in Covent Garden. I am humbled and at the same time excited to bring Shake Shack to the UK and to become part of the incredible London dining scene.”

Launched in New York in2004, Shake Shack, which is part of Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, has developed a cult following for its ShackBurgers and frozen custard shakes.