“Our modern version of the Drive-In not only reinforces those early days with delivery right to your car, but it also fits perfectly into today’s reality, offering our guests a way to enjoy dining out of the house while still protecting their family’s health,” Steve May, senior vice president of Steak ‘n Shake, said in the release.
A spokeswoman for Steak ‘n Shake listed five Dayton-area locations where carhop service is available: 6380 Wilmington Pike in the Centerville-Sugarcreek Twp. area, 2856 Center Drive at the I-675/North Fairfield Road interchange in Fairborn, at 8311 Old Troy Pike in Huber Heights, at 8420 Springboro Pike at Lyons Road south of the Dayton Mall, at 1741 Bechtle Ave. in Springfield; and 831 Clepper Lane in Cincinnati.
Company officials also announced it has brought back the Cajun Burger, which is available only via carhop service through August.
Steak ‘n Shake has has shut down a handful of Dayton-area restaurants in recent years. Three Miami Valley locations — Moraine, Englewood and Middletown — are currently listed as “temporarily closed” on the Steak ‘n Shake web site.
When Steak ‘n Shake closed its restaurant on Miller Lane in Butler Twp. in March 2019, a spokeswoman for the chain said the closure was temporary as the chain transitioned from corporate-operated to franchisee-operated restaurants. But eight months later, in November 2019, the property and building were sold by Steak ‘n Shake Inc. to a new buyer who signed a contract for a City Barbeque to open at that location.
In May 2020, the chain announced it was permanently closing 51 of its company-owned restaurants nationwide as it struggled to cope with the coronavirus pandemic that contributed to a 37 percent drop in sales in the first quarter of 2020, according an earnings report filed by Steak ‘n Shake’s corporate parent.