Steak ‘n Shake Coming to Southern California

It’s difficult to believe that their are fast food chains that do not have a presence in California, but among the chains that have no presence in Southern California include Midwestern burger and shake chain Steak ‘n Shake.  To be sure, there is one in Nevada that has been around for a few years inside the South Point Casino on the outskirts of Las Vegas.  However, this appears to be changing, as this post on attests for a Santa Monica location:

Restaurant General Manager

    Santa Monica, CA
    Full Time, Employee
    Food Services/Hospitality
    Manager (Manager/Supervisor of Staff)
    Santa Monica

Job Description

First and foremost, General Managers live and teach the mission and vision of the company. The General Manager is responsible for ensuring that the restaurant is running smoothly and making the guest the priority. Additionally, the General Manager partners with the District Manager  to ensure the overall financial health and brand standard execution of a single unit as well as developing a bench of well-trained talent for each level within the restaurant. The General Manager will manage the business by directing and holding the management, service and production teams accountable for service and operations excellence, including Steak n Shake procedures, policies and specifications which deliver the highest quality burgers and shakes. The General Manager will direct all activities pertaining to a clean, safe and attractive environment, the overall guest experience, staffing, discipline, payroll, repair and maintenance. The General Manager needs to be organized, proactive, excellent with time management, work well in a fast-paced environment and have outstanding customer service skills. For those with an entrepreneurial approach and a relentless pursuit of excellence, the General Manager position will allow recognition and potential career advancement.

Company Profile

We are a fast growing company with the longest established name in the premium burger and milkshake segment of the restaurant industry. We have been delighting our guests with premium products since 1934.  We have a performance-based culture and we select leaders who have a high level of integrity and intellect. Our intensity in executing our mission and vision sets us apart from our competition.  We deliver high quality, great service, and the lowest possible prices. Steak n Shake is selecting leaders with the drive to win who share our desire to lead and dominate for generations to come.


  • Past GM experience and a minimum of 3 years in the restaurant industry.
  • Proven track record of building sales, increasing profits, people development, and operational improvements.
  • Strong service and hospitality focused leadership style.
  • Demonstrates an ownership mentality, business maturity, and strong industry awareness.
  • Utilizes tactical and strategic judgment to achieve all key business measures.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

  • General Manager compensation commensurate with experience.
  • Quarterly Incentive Bonus Program.
  • Basic Life and AD&D Insurance.
  • Day one medical, vision, dental, and life insurance plans.
  • 401k.
  • Short term and long term disability available.
  • Paid vacation.
  • Exceptional training, development, and onboarding program.

There were blog posts from 2011 and 2012 regarding the expansion, but I was unable to find anything more recent.  A blog post from the Orange County Register suggested 25 Southern California locations.  Another post from 2011 states one is slated for Playa Vista.  I would anticipate that none of them will be in the core Inland Empire, but I would imagine that places like Chino Hills and Corona might be locations if the company is targeting Los Angeles and Orange Counties.  For example, Habit Burger has stores in Chino Hills, La Verne, and Murrieta, but none in the core of Ontario, San Bernardino or Riverside.


About Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law
Michael Reiter is a Redlands, California-based lawyer, serving San Bernardino County and Riverside County in Southern California's Inland Empire. Michael Reiter is a lawyer practicing in the following fields of law: Municipal Law, Code Enforcement Law, Small Business Law and Real Estate Law. Michael Reiter practices in all the local courts, including San Bernardino Superior Court, Riverside Superior Court, and the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Michael Reiter was admitted to the California State Bar in 1998. Michael Reiter was Assistant City Attorney for the City of Redlands, a Deputy City Attorney for the City of San Bernardino, and Staff Attorney for Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino. Michael Reiter serves all of San Bernardino and Riverside County, Orange County, and Los Angeles County. Michael Reiter can be reached at (909) 296-6708, or by electronic mail at 300 E. State St. #517 Redlands CA 92373-5235

One Response to Steak ‘n Shake Coming to Southern California

  1. Jeff Davis says:

    A few years ago I tried pretty hard to convince Steak ‘n Shake to sell me a franchise for a few locations near my home in the town of Orange in Orange County, CA. Sadly, they weren’t impressed enough by my lifetime of successfully owning and operating several of my own businesses in other industries or the fact that I’d done so well in my business that I’d sponsored myself to race NASCAR Cup against Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon in a Jack Roush car.
    I even agreed to add a partner who could meet their needs as far as that goes. I showed them proof of my success at business management. But, they just passed me over. I even selected a few potential locations that seemed to have what a Steak ‘n Shake should have as far as visibility, traffic, etc.
    I met my current wife at a Steak n Shake in our hometown of Indianapolis back in the late ’70s. I still LOVE their burgers and their thin fries. And their car service to eat out in the parking lot is STILL a charmer!

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