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.