Restaurant Franchising Options


Steak ’n Shake® has alternatives to build out a new restaurant franchise, a range of investment options and floor plans: conversions, existing in-line space, and full ground up construction are all ways to build your new successful restaurant.


The new Steak 'n Shake design entertains guests by providing the theater to showcase the production of our famed made-to-order Steakburgers™ and tasty hand-dipped milkshakes. Conversion opportunities exist to develop a Classic restaurant franchise location.

Square Footage:
  • Building – 3,315 - 3,800 square feet with drive-thru
  • Land – .7 acres - 1 acre
Dining Area & Menu:
  • Dining area of 99 seats plus a quick serving drive-thru
  • Open 24 hours, seven days a week, with full menu

Limited-Menu, In-Line Burger Franchise Concept

This new format provides prospective franchisees with the opportunity to own a Steak ’n Shake restaurant franchise at a less costly investment, smaller footprint, and a more simplified operation centered on limited menu items. This new more rapid counter service model is ideal for lifestyle centers, universities, shopping centers and urban centers.

Square Footage:
  • In-line: 2,000 - 2,500 square feet
Dining Area & Menu:
  • In-line: Limited menu with 40+ seats
  • Drive-Thru: If possible

Non-traditional Restaurant Franchise Development

Unique restaurant franchise development opportunities exist to serve captive audiences in airports, train stations, toll plazas, casinos, and other venues where there are hungry Steak 'n Shake lovers.

Square Footage:
  • Non-Traditional: 500 - 800 square feet
  • Drive-Thru: If possible
Dining Area & Menu:
  • Non-Traditional: Limited menu with common area seating shared by other shops or fast food franchises (e.g. food court or airport)
  • Drive-Thru: If possible

Increased Restaurant Franchise Customer Growth


up 37% from 2009 until 2014

"By becoming part of the Steak 'n Shake franchise system, I am aligned with a brand that helps franchisees secure their future and I do not have to worry about the turmoil of the future economy. My son and other family members have also joined the company to secure their own futures. I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit and working with Steak 'n Shake has helped me to accomplish my goal of owning my own franchise."

Paul Ledgard
Kansas City, KS


Steak ’n Shake is seeking qualified single and multi-unit restaurant franchise operators. We are selective in awarding franchisee agreements to those with specific qualifications:

  • A passion for excellence — fanatical about pleasing customers
  • Commitment to high performance and to delivering quality products
  • Dedication to superior guest service

The Steak ’n Shake Support Center team is ready to work with you, as you begin your journey opening your first restaurant franchise.

  Estimated Initial Investment Min. Franchisee Net Worth Min. Franchisee
Liquid Asset to Invest
Steak 'n Shake Classic Restaurant Franchise $1,375,000 - $2,135,000 $1.5 Million $500,000
Limited-Menu, In-Line Burger Franchise In-Line: $475,000 - $1,385,000
Non-Traditional Franchise: $250,000 - $750,000
$1.5 Million $500,000
Please refer to the complete Steak ‘n Shake Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) for all related fees and costs.