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Augusta area's first Steak 'n Shake opening Thursday

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 5:21 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 3:49 PM
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After months of anticipation, area residents will soon be able to sink their teeth into Steak ’n Shake’s steakburgers.

Steak 'n Shake on Belair Frontage Road near Interstate 20 will open Thursday, with drive-through and dine-in service. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.  JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
Steak 'n Shake on Belair Frontage Road near Interstate 20 will open Thursday, with drive-through and dine-in service. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The area’s first Steak ’n Shake, off Jimmie Dyess Parkway, is opening its doors at 10 a.m. Thursday.

“We’ve actually had people talking about camping out to be the first guests,” said the restaurant’s general manager, Mike Mulherin.

Mulherin has asked that four Columbia County sheriff’s deputies direct vehicles into the restaurant during the grand opening. He expects snarled traffic on Jimmie Dyess Parkway and Belair Frontage Road near Interstate 20.

“We’ve had over 6,000 hits on Facebook,” he said. “The excitement level has just been phenomenal.”

Construction on the Steak ’n Shake started in June. Since August, 130 employees have been hired. They finished their last day of training Tuesday, Mulherin said.

Steak ’n Shake will be open from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m.
un­til the first of the year, when the hours change to 24/7.

For the first two or three weeks, the restaurant will not offer carry-out service so employees can focus on customers dining in and ordering in the drive-through line, Mulherin said.

The 3,300-square-foot restaurant can accommodate 99 customers in the dining room, he said.

The restaurant is known for its steakburgers and hand-dipped milkshakes. The menu also includes breakfast items, chili, burger melts, sandwiches, salads and desserts.

Steak ’n Shake has nearly 500 restaurants in 22 states. The closest to Au­gusta have been in Atlanta, Macon and Statesboro, Ga.

Buzz about the restaurant has continued to grow as work neared completion.

“Just trying to keep people off the lot has been a tremendous effort during the construction,” Mulherin said. “We’ve got people removing the cones on the entranceway to come in.

“The community is definitely ready to come in.”

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TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 09/25/12 - 05:51 pm
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Steak 'n Shake

Good Luck !!

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 09/25/12 - 06:55 pm
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Great

We'll be there...

Steak 'n Shake Good Luck !!

Been eating with y'all since 1994 and its about time time you showed up in Augusta.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 09/25/12 - 07:00 pm
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24 hours of YUM Augusta needs

24 hours of
YUM

Augusta needs more 24 hour restaurants (preferably local) that dont feature yellow in their logo/brand

bdouglas
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bdouglas 09/25/12 - 09:11 pm
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130 employees for a fast food

130 employees for a fast food joint?! Wow!

And hey AC...how come there hasn't been any story about Buca di Beppo opening at mall? You ran one back in February about it coming to town, but nothing since and it's been open a week or two now.

Tullie
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Tullie 09/26/12 - 04:34 am
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Steak and Shake

We’ve actually had people talking about camping out to be the first guests,” said the restaurant’s general manager, Mike Mulherin.

Mulherin has asked that four Columbia County sheriff’s deputies direct vehicles into the restaurant during the grand opening. He expects snarled traffic on Jimmie Dyess Parkway and Belair Frontage Road near Interstate 20.

“We’ve had over 6,000 hits on Facebook,” he said. “The excitement level has just been phenomenal.”

What does this say about Augusta? This is a fast food chain and people are going to camp out? This must be really good food or something...

Dixieman
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Dixieman 09/26/12 - 05:48 am
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Well

It IS good food, but it is fast food, and certainly not worth camping out all night for. Except in Augusta. We have plenty of burger/chicken/Mex choices, so how about some fine dining?

Ruckus
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Ruckus 09/26/12 - 06:02 am
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SMH

Definitly fast food and hype will die down too. It good to bring jobs and new businesses here. I wish we had more attractions (outlets, waterpark, racetrack, etc).

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 09/26/12 - 06:52 am
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A different type of Hamburger and Exp.

For those that have never been:

You are seated by a hosts,
Your order is taken and delivered to the table,
Great food served in a reasonably short time.
Menu has more than Hamburgers, & Chicken.
They do not use cheap cuts of Beef for the burgers.
Good Chili (was made by Castleberrys, not sure now).
Good Diet menu items.
Great Desserts items.
Even serve a good breakfast meal. (But Waffle / Huddle House still have them beat)

Best of all there is NO dollar menu, or Smiley Meals.

Costs run around $8.00 with drink per person

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/26/12 - 08:00 am
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Most Discussed

The grand opening of a chain restaurant new to Augusta will defintitely dominate the "Most Discussed" list on line today. Ring a bell and watch us salivate.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 09/26/12 - 08:54 am
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Hmmmmm...

I've never been and I rarely eat fast food anymore BUT...I'm curious and with Open Curtain's description I think I'll take my family one night. It sounds good that's for sure.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/26/12 - 09:13 am
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open is right

The one near us is great....good service too..try it at laest once...

beboisme
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beboisme 09/26/12 - 09:19 am
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I ate at a Steak and Shake

I ate at a Steak and Shake many years ago in Tampa and was not so impressed with the food. One question, Who camps out at a burger joint? You must be kidding.

beboisme
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beboisme 09/26/12 - 09:23 am
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BTW if this area is

BTW if this area is considered Augusta then why is Cola.Co.S.Dept going to be directing traffic, am I missing something here?

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Barry Paschal 09/26/12 - 10:04 am
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It's in Columbia County

The site is in Columbia County. The headline says "Augusta area." The post office address is Grovetown, but because it's nowhere near the city of Grovetown, most references just give the Dyess Parkway/I-20 locator to avoid the confusion. Those deputies directing traffic likely would be special duty officers paid by the restaurant, by the way.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 09/26/12 - 10:24 am
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Jimmie Dyess Parkway?
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Forget it. They could have the best burgers in the universe but I aint going all the way out there to get one.

Agree with a previous poster. We got burger joints coming out the wazoo. We need some good dining that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

Really_Really
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Really_Really 09/26/12 - 10:31 am
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Yummy!

Love me some Steak-n-Shake! Grew up with it down in Florida and it was a treat to go. Simply cannot be compared to any other burger joint. Its like comparing apples to oranges. Now, how about building a Sonny's BBQ! YAY for Sonny's!

RogueKnight
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RogueKnight 09/26/12 - 11:32 am
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Having grown up in IN, we had

Having grown up in IN, we had Steak & Shakes as far back as I can remember. Back in the 70's they had curbside service which was popular with the hot rod and cruiser crowds. They eventually did away with curb service, but their Steakburgers, fries and shakes are still a treat. Looking forward to eating there soon.

BarstoolDreamer
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BarstoolDreamer 09/26/12 - 11:32 am
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They do have good burgers for

They do have good burgers for a chain, but no steak..... the burgers are called steak burgers.

Shaky Main
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Shaky Main 09/26/12 - 11:35 am
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I love Steak-n-Shake!

I grew up eating at Steak-n-Shake in Ohio. It was a special family treat to have those wonderful steak burgers, shoestring fries, and thick milkshakes. I was pleased to find one over in Columbia, SC near their Columbiana mall, and I am very happy that Augusta will now have one. I won't be one of those camping out, but I will definitely dine there during their grand opening weeks. Yummo!

rocketserve
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rocketserve 09/26/12 - 12:53 pm
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Wow
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Only in Augusta is a Steak-n-Shake big news and people camp out. If anyone from Augusta would come to the Atlanta area, it would possibly too much for them to handle, seeing as they are all over the place. The people at Waffle House will be crying in there hash browns because all of the drunks leaving the clubs will have a new option to dine at 3am. Welcome to the 21st centruy!!

Insider Information
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Insider Information 09/26/12 - 02:27 pm
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I like Steak 'n Shake, but

I like Steak 'n Shake, but sheesh how many newspaper stories can there be about the opening of a burger joint - any burger joint?

There might have to be a special edition and special newsprint if TWO burger joints opened.

Glad to know nothing more important is going on in the world locally - no elections, major crimes, failing schools, depressed housing market, recession, terrorist attacks, etc.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 09/26/12 - 03:58 pm
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Insider, you took the words

Insider, you took the words right out of my mouth!! I was about to post something along those lines and I saw your comment. Geesh!! I bet there have been at least 5 other articles about this place, before this one. I don't get it. I mean, is someone related to this owner and is getting paid under the table to write about it every couple of weeks? Oh, well. I wish them all the luck.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 09/26/12 - 06:20 pm
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Really Really - Sonny's was in South Augusta Back in the 1980's

Foolishly they open down the street on Windsor Spring from Sconyer's BBQ. Back then Daddy Sconyer's e was still working out of tin shacks selling a small BBQ plate for under $3. and the Sonny's location folded inside a year.

Location, location, location. Boy did they pick a bad location.

Really_Really
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Really_Really 09/28/12 - 01:28 pm
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Sonny's

Well, dang, OC. Yep, isn't that 1 of the first things to make sure of when opening a business? Fail.

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