A second Dayton-area Steak ‘n Shake restaurant has shut down, and although a spokeswoman for the burger chain says the shutdowns are temporary, there is no projected timeline to reopen the stores.
Steak ‘n Shake officials have not responded to questions on whether more Dayton-area closings are planned.
But if Dayton follows the same pattern as the Cincinnati area, more temporary closings may be on the horizon. Ten of the 12 restaurants in Butler, Warren, Hamilton and Clermont counties are now closed temporarily; only the Middletown and Eastgate locations are currently serving customers.
The most recent Dayton-area closing occurred at 9150 N. Main St. (Ohio 48) in Englewood, Judy Kadylak, senior vice president for marketing at Steak ‘n Shake, confirmed today. Over the weekend, the Steak ‘n Shake at 6549 Miller Lane in Butler Twp. closed its doors, referring customers to the Huber Heights Steak ‘n Shake at 8311 Old Troy Pike.
Kadylak said the closures are temporary as the company transitions from corporate-operated to franchisee-operated restaurants.
Asked earlier this week via email whether other Dayton-area Steak ‘n Shake restaurants would soon be shutting down temporarily, Kadylak said, “I can only respond relative to the locations that are already closed. They are temporarily closed. I don’t have a definitive timeline for re-opening. The timing is based on when we have a franchise partner to run the unit.”
In August 2018, the 621-unit Steak ‘n Shake chain announced it would offer potential franchise partners who pay $10,000 and who commit to a six-month training program the chance to own what is now a corporate-operated Steak ‘n Shake restaurant.
According to Nation’s Restaurant News, an industry publication and web site, Steak ‘n Shake’s franchise partner offer came after a challenging 2017, when the full-service Steak ‘n Shake concept faced revenue and traffic hurdles.
The CEO of Steak ‘n Shake’s parent company said Steak ‘n Shake revenue fell to $792.8 million in 2017 from $804.4 million in the prior year, and earnings fell to $431,000 from $34.7 million in the prior year, while customer counts were down 1.8 percent, Nation’s Restaurant News said.
The Indianapolis-based chain operates nine restaurants in the Dayton-Springfield area.
• Staff Writer Eric Schwartzberg contributed to this report.