The drive to visit the nearest Steak ’n Shake will soon become a lot shorter.
The popular burger joint, specializing in steak burgers 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 2-acre vacant site for $950,000 from Ruby Tuesday, whose plans to build a restaurant there never materialized.
Some site work on the property was already done, he said.
The Grovetown site, 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, Moss said.
The3,500-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.
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. The closest to Augusta area are in Atlanta, Macon, Ga., and Greenville, S.C.