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Steak 'n Shake

Steak n Shake was founded in 1934 in Normal, Illinois. Gus Belt, the founder of Steak n Shake, was a quality restaurateur who owned a restaurant/gas station called Shell's Chicken. Central Illinois had plenty of chicken and beer restaurants so Gus soon realized he needed to be unique and different. With a little help from his friends, he started Steak n Shake in February of 1934.

The Steak stood for STEAKBURGER™ sandwich. Gus would wait for the busiest time in his counter-only restaurant, wheel in a barrel of steaks (including round steak, sirloin steak, and T-bones) and grind the steaks into burgers right in front of the guests. Hence, the origin of the famous
slogan "In Sight It Must Be Right."

The STEAKBURGER™ sandwich is still the finest burger served anywhere in the world-the finest of steaks ground into pucks, and through the art of grilling on a very hot grill, turned into a burger beyond comparison.

The Shake in Steak n Shake refers to a creamy, real-milk, hand-dipped Milk Shake that has endured as the best Milk Shake on the planet. Gus Belt used to put the Multi-Mixers Shake machines in the windows of his restaurant so cars driving by had to stop for a Milk Shake.

Steak n Shake had to make changes in order to accommodate their ever increasing demand for the high quality food served on glass and china at reasonable prices by friendly servers. His first move was to purchase a chain of restaurants in Central Illinois called "Goal Post" and convert them to Steak n Shakes. He then added curb service because every restaurant had a never ending line to occupy one of the coveted seats.

Demand became greater and greater and soon Gus expanded to Galesburg in 1939. He also sold his first franchise in the late 30's. St. Louis, Indianapolis, Northern Illinois, Daytona Beach, and Hot Springs, Arkansas soon followed.

Gus Belt passed away in 1954 and his wife, Edith took over the business. She continued to operate the business, and decided not to expand but rather to care for the Steak n Shake family.

In January 1969 Edith Belt sold Steak n Shake to Longchamps Inc., a steakhouse company from the East Coast. Longchamps then sold its majority stock interest to the Franklin Corporation in September 1971. Robert Cronin, as chairman of Steak n Shake, led an aggressive program to satiate the intense demand for Steak n Shake and the company grew to 130 units in 1975.

In the 70's, drive-thru's replaced the curb service. Due to intense competition and great distance between restaurants, several restaurants were closed. At this time, the corporate headquarters were moved from Bloomington, Illinois to Indianapolis, Indiana.

In 1981, Cronin sold his interest to E.W. Kelley and Associates. Because of his marketing acumen, E.W. "Ed" Kelley is considered the "modern day" founder of Steak n Shake. Understanding that guests’ needs had changed little since 1934, Mr. Kelley swiftly returned the restaurant chain to its roots, stressing the preparation of cooked-to-order food, served to guests with real china, glass and flatware. Menus were updated with melts, salads, and breakfast items. And to meet an ever-increasing demand, all Steak n Shake restaurants began to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Steak n Shake began growing again in 1990, sparked by the knowledge that a successful brand must evolve in order to prosper. By the time of Mr. Kelley’s passing on July 4, 2003, the restaurant chain had more than doubled in size. Steak n Shake currently operates over 430 restaurants (45 of which are franchised) in 20 different states—a convincing testament to Mr. Kelley’s drive, wisdom and business skills.

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In our Seven Decades of Success we are striving to continually grow and expand the Steak n Shake experience further across the country. In the last decade alone we’ve tripled in size making for more Promotions and growth opportunities company wide. We're seeking energetic, hospitality-oriented individuals. These people will use their excellent communication and leadership skills to begin successful and rewarding careers with our Company. Being at the frontline of our business, our managers are critical to our success. Comprehensive training and development programs focus on accelerating personal and professional growth. Individuals at the General Manager level have responsibility and leadership for, on average, a $1.5 million business. Multi-unit management opportunities are available for top performers. Individuals with experience in guest service, management, or any other field requiring hard work and motivation are encouraged to apply. A college degree or 2 years previous experience is preferred. Candidates from all backgrounds and disciplines are encouraged to consider these career opportunities. Management Competitive Starting Salaries Incentive Bonus Program (paid quarterly) 401(k) Savings Plan with Company Match Employee Stock Purchase Plan Stock Option Eligibility Business Travel Insurance Basic Life and AD&D Insurance Short Term and Long Term Disability Group Medical Insurance Voluntary Life and AD&D Insurance Optional Dependent Life Insurance Voluntary Dental Insurance Paid Vacations Paid Holidays Paid Sick Days Meal Allowances Employee Service Awards Team Members Competitive Starting Salaries Referral Bonus Program 401(k) Savings Plan with Company Match Employee Stock Purchase Plan Basic Life and AD&D Insurance Short Term Disability Group Medical Insurance Voluntary Life and AD&D Insurance Optional Dependent Life Insurance Voluntary Dental Insurance Vacation Pay Meal Allowances Employee Service Awards
Division Office
5980 W. 71st Street
Indianapolis, IN 46278
fax: (317) 347-4769
phone: (317) 388-4400

Illinois, Iowa
Division Office
1704 W. Washington
Bloomington, IL 61701
fax: (309) 827-0142
phone: (309) 827-8411

Chicago, Michigan, NW Indiana
Group Office
55 Shuman Blvd. Suite 325
Naperville, IL 60563
fax: (630) 357-4130
phone: (630) 357-4637

Division Office
43 Skyline Drive, Unit 1001
Lake Mary, FL 32746
fax: (407) 788-9250
phone: (407) 788-8690

Division Office
Wixom Business Center
28800 Beck Road
Wixom, MI 48393
fax: (248) 668-9278
phone: (248) 668-9212

Missouri, Kansas
Division Office
12173 Prichard Farm Road
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
fax: (314) 298-8218
phone: (314) 298-1323

Northern Ohio
Division Office
830 Morrison Road
Gahanna, OH 43230
fax: (614) 577-9863
phone: (614) 577-9843

Division Office
155 Tri-County Parkway, Suite 160
Cincinnati, OH 45246
fax: (513) 771-3851
phone: (513) 771-2898

Corporate Office
500 Century Building
36 South Pennsylvania St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
fax: (317) 633-4105
phone: (317) 633-4100

Georgia, Alabama
Division Office
43 Skyline Drive, Unit 1001
Lake Mary, FL 32746
fax: (407) 788-9250
phone: (407) 788-8690

Division Office
3440 Preston Road
Frisco, TX 75034
fax: (972) 334-0331
phone: (972) 334-0737
Our Internship Program provides a custom-tailored educational opportunity for each and every student. Each internship is designed with your supervisor to fit your learning objectives. Interns are assigned to the Company's best people to ensure that the experience builds a broad leadership perspective. Past projects included hands-on shift supervision, the development of sales forecasting models, beverage and dessert analyses, site selection recommendations, training curriculum development, customer service measurement and analysis, and crew hiring proposals.