Steak 'n Shake opens in Evans

Jim Blaylock/ Columbia County News Times
Customers crowd into the new Steak and Shake this morning.
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 11:11 AM
Last updated 9:01 PM
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“Welcome to Steak ’n Shake.”

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Cousins William and Brooks Walker are waited on by Sherrie Miller at the new Steak 'n Shake fast-food restaurant off Jimmie Dyess Parkway at Interstate 20.  JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
Cousins William and Brooks Walker are waited on by Sherrie Miller at the new Steak 'n Shake fast-food restaurant off Jimmie Dyess Parkway at Interstate 20.

With those words, hostess Sissy Morris greeted diners to the burger restaurant that opened Thursday in Columbia County after months of anticipation.

“We’re all excited,” Morris said. “We’ve been waiting for this.”

By 10 a.m., a large crowd had gathered outside the area’s first Steak ’n Shake, off Jimmie Dyess Parkway near Interstate 20.

Vehicles snaked around the parking lot in the drive-through line as customers waited to place their orders.

Joyce and Willie Gram­mar, of Hephzibah, were among those standing in line to be seated inside the restaurant.

The couple arrived at 8:30 a.m., but were told the Steak ’n Shake wouldn’t open until 10 a.m. They returned about an hour later.

As they sat in a booth waiting for their food, Joyce Grammar said she’d never eaten at a Steak ’n Shake even though there were several in her home state of Missouri.

About a month ago, she heard on the news that the fast-food restaurant would be coming to the area.

“Every day, we drove by and I said it’s getting closer and closer,” she said. “I’m going to bring my grandkids.”

The restaurant, which specializes in steakburgers and milkshakes, was quickly filling by 10:30 a.m.

The restaurant will be open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. through this year, when the hours change to 24/7.

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

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OpenCurtain 09/27/12 - 05:52 pm
Well everybody

for those of you that braved the early opening day crazies.

How was it?

We're head out now to check it out.

countyman 09/27/12 - 06:08 pm
I know it's not located in

I know it's not located in the city of Grovetown, but the address is Grovetown.. This is even located closer to Martinez than Evans..

Insider Information
Insider Information 09/27/12 - 06:08 pm

Breaking burger news...

Stop the presses...

Convene the joint chiefs....

A burger joint opened.

scoobynews 09/27/12 - 07:30 pm
I think it is great not

I think it is great not because it is a "burger joint" but because people who didn't have jobs before do now!! All 130 of them! I don't think that is anything to "yawn" about.

bdouglas 09/28/12 - 09:31 am

Agreed, but with 130 employees for a fast food place, it worries me how many hours each employee will actually be able to work with that many coworkers to compete for time. How many jobs will some of them have to take on in order to make ends meet?

lovingthesouth72 09/29/12 - 07:30 am

All I can say is YU-UUMMM!!! It's good to see that the economy here in Augusta is not totally grim and that there are opportunities out there for people to get jobs.

OpenCurtain 09/29/12 - 07:37 am
130 is about right for a grand opening

The final number will depend on the hours and how stable the customer base pans out to be.

There will be a lot more 30hr Part-Time wait-staffers than Full timers.

WHY? Remember during Clinton Admin, a Democrat controlled congress passed, passed the mandatory insurance law for full time workers. Most the USA businesses immediately dropped their staff to <32 hours and hired more part timers to fill in the gaps, to avoid going bankrupt. Just another example of poorly thought through laws by congress.

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