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This is a rendering of a new Steak n’ Shake planned on the corner of Jimmie Dyess Parkway and Belair Frontage Road. It’s expected to open in July.

Steak 'n Shake to open in Columbia County

Posted: December 28, 2011 - 11:43am  |  Updated: December 28, 2011 - 3:33pm

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The drive to visit the nearest Steak ‘n Shake is soon to become a lot shorter.

The widely popular burger joint, specializing in steakburgers and hand-dipped milkshakes, is expected to open in July at Jimmie Dyess Parkway and Belair Frontage Road in Columbia County, said franchise owner Preston Moss.

“My family had always loved (Steak ‘n Shake),” said Moss, who works for Blanchard and Calhoun Insurance. “Every time we traveled, we would make it part of the plan. We knew where it was.”

Moss recently purchased the two-acre vacant site for $950,000 from Ruby Tuesday, whose plans to build a restaurant there never materalized. Some site work on the property was already done when Moss bought it, he said.

The Grovetown site, located next to the Interstate 20 eastbound on-ramp, gives the restaurant great visibility from both I-20 and Jimmie Dyess Parkway, Moss said.

About 38,000 vehicles drive on Jimmie Dyess Parkway daily, he added.

“That is a high-traffic count area,” Moss said. “It’s a great location.”

In addition to burgers and shakes, Steak ‘n Shake’s menu also offers chili, burger melts, sandwiches, salads and desserts.

The 3,500-square-foot restaurant will remain open 24 hours, seven days a week and serve breakfast. It will also have a drive-through window and employ about 100 people, Moss said.

“It’s going to be fabulous,” he said. “Everybody’s pretty excited about it.”

Moss hopes work on the site will start in February.

Moss decided he wanted to open a Steak ‘n Shake in the area about eight years ago, but was delayed as the restaurant chain underwent new ownership.

There are nearly 500 Steak ‘n Shake restaurants in 22 states across the country. The closest locations to the Augusta area are in Atlanta, Macon and Greenville, N.C.


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One here before?

What was the place that used to be in the La Petite Pavilion? Wasn't that the same thing?


Riverman1, I think you may be

Riverman1, I think you may be thinking about Steakout. Steak n Shake is the next best thing to Chic Fil A. The only difference is Chic Fil A serves chicken and closes on Sundays!


Thanks, VickFan

Thanks for the info.


Steak n Shake

Started in about 1934 in Illinois, I think it was. Anyway, in the midwest a very retro type place that we like. Some of the older ones there really take you back in time, but the newer ones are not quite a retro feeling. There motto, "In sight, it must be right" alludes to the fact that everything is cooked right out front so you can see what is going on with cleanliness, etc.

One of my favorites is chili-three-ways...

We will definitely give them a try when they open in our area!


Steak n Shake was started in

Steak n Shake was started in about 1934 in Illinois, I think. We visit them often in the midwest where they are very retro if you can find one of the older ones. Their motto, "In sight, it must be right" refers to them cooking everything in sight of customers so you can see cleanliness, etc.

One of my favorite things is their chili-three-ways. We will definitely be a customer.



I wrote to them shortly after moving down here in 2003 asking for consideration of the area. I'm so glad I may have a chance to hit it up without having to wait for when I go to Atlanta or back north. I love putting the peppers on the burgers and their thick shakes. They were everywhere back home. Now can we get a White Castle and Mighty Taco, please?