Realize the opportunity

Step 1

Intro Call

Submit the web form to let us know you are interested, and we’ll reach out to schedule a brief introductory call. The purpose is to get acquainted and see how our objectives align.

Step 2

Franchise Overview

This discussion and presentation are designed to help you gain an in-depth understanding of our business and 
franchise program.

Step 3

Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) and due diligence

We’ll send you our Franchise Disclosure Document, help you 
get answers to your questions, and provide you the opportunity 
to speak with current franchise owners.

Step 4

Franchise Application

Complete our franchise application and confirm your investment and operating capabilities to undertake the business.

Step 5

Discovery day

Join us for a day at the Steak ‘n Shake Headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana to meet the team, finalize your due diligence, and set a plan and timetable for moving ahead toward opening your location.

Step 6

Franchise and Development Agreement

Review and sign the Steak ‘n Shake franchise agreement. For those accepted for multi-unit growth plans, we’ll also sign a development agreement outlining territory and timing for franchise openings.

Step 7

real estate, design, and construction

Work with our corporate team and local real estate professionals to find a great location. Then our design and construction team jumps in to assist with architecture and construction management.

Step 8


Steak ‘n Shake franchisee training gives you the knowledge, tools, and confidence to ensure the smooth opening of your new restaurant.

Step 9

Grand Opening

We celebrate the grand opening of your Steak ‘n Shake restaurant and provide on-site support and marketing to hold a successful opening day.

Are You Ready to Join this Classic American Brand?

Steak ‘n Shake is an American classic, known for our world class steakburgers and milkshakes. We are looking for single and multi-unit operators who are looking to join our legacy and build their own.

Join the Steak ‘n Shake family.