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Steak 'n Shake, 1331 Roberts Branch Parkway: 8 March 2020   3 comments

Posted at 12:40 am in closing

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Well, I had to go out to mail something the other day, and decided I might as well check out the Steak n' Shake in Blythewood.

There has already been some discussion of this in various comments, with commenter Sidney putting this down to the classic real-estate trifecta: Location, location, location!. I'm sure that has something to do with it, but I believe the chain is having trouble in general. In particular, I know they exited Myrtle Beach last year and were having lots of problems even before the current mess.

The linked article says they closed 107 restaurants that "could not deliver excellent customer service" in 2019, so something is going on. Wikipedia says they adopted a new franchaise model in 2018, so perhaps that is not working out for them. Apparently some restaurants will re-open as counter-service only operations -- I do not know if this one will be among that group.

I have never eaten at a Steak n' Shake -- Columbia's only other one closed years ago, and has been razed -- but it has always been on my list to try someday. Oh well.

(Hat tip to commenter Shut it Down)

Written by ted on March 26th, 2020

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  1. In case y'all have seen my handle on here before, the panic part refers to the band Widespread Panic, not 'cause I'm worried. However, it does seem cryptically appropriate these days. I'm from Cola, but live in the burbs of ATL now.
    Anywho, Steak 'n shake burgers, fries (shoestring type that you can just devour), and shakes are delish.
    The restaurants around here in Atlanta have been having staffing issues as well, but my kiddos and I love it. Prices are comparable to fast food places, but food is much much better and orders come out fast.

    pa;mettopanic

    28 Mar 20 at 6:01 am

  2. You aren't missing a lot by stopping here. The Harbison one gave me a really bad case of food poisoning.

    Jason

    29 Mar 20 at 12:50 pm

  3. Darn already? Less than 2 years. Then again they do have many other restaurants that serve fries and burgers on killain road. Thats probably what did them in.

    Matthew Benjmain

    31 Mar 20 at 12:00 am

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