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Chester is first UK location for American steak burger giant

Chain is known for quality steak burgers, hand-cut fries and hand-dipped milk shakes 

The Steak 'n Shake logo

Listen up foodies, diners will soon be able to enjoy gourmet steak burgers and hand-cut fries as an American chain opens its first UK franchise here in Chester.

Steak ‘n Shake, known for its freshly cooked premium burgers, has a cult following in the States but is now expanding into Europe.

And the first outlet in this country will open in Frodsham Street, Chester, on Tuesday, December 13.

Husband and wife team Barry and Sarah Bellamy have invested in the venture which will operate from a building formerly occupied by the M&S menswear store. They recently returned from training in Ibiza and are excited to be pioneers.

The couple will reveal more nearer the time but promise a ‘wow’ interior and all meals cooked to order with fresh ingredients and at a price that ‘won’t break the bank’.

The old Frodsham Street entrance to the former M & S menswear store where a Steak 'n Shake restaurant is opening in December.

Steak ‘n Shake was founded in 1934 by Gus Belt who converted a gas station and chicken restaurant in Normal, Illinois, into a hamburger stand.

The chain is known for quality steak burgers, hand-cut fries and hand-dipped milk shakes.

Today the company employs 20,000 people at more than 500 restaurants of which the majority are company-operated but many are franchised. Today the major shareholder in the business is American entrepreneur Sardar Biglari, who owns Maxim magazine.

The company has an international development team headquartered in Monaco who are masterminding the expansion across Europe and the Middle East, with Steak ‘n Shake restaurants now open in France and Italy.



David Holmes
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