Written by The Business Journal Staff
Those who drive by near Kings Canyon Road and Peach Avenue can see a neighboring Del Taco has already opened, and while the Steak ‘n Shake building looks complete, it’s lacking a drive-thru menu, employees and food.
Developer Mike Sater, president of Sater Oil, which owns and operates 31 gas stations and dozens of fast food chains throughout the Central Valley, said Steak ‘n Shake fans should have no fear. Though construction appears halted, Sater said finishing touches are merely being made to the interior and construction should be complete in a couple of weeks. After that, he said, Steak ‘n Shake employees will receive two weeks of training and the eatery should open.
Though Sater couldn’t provide an exact opening date, he said Steak ‘n Shake should be open in six weeks or less.
As Steak ‘n Shake enthusiasts bite their nails in anticipation, Sater said they will likely have more reasons to rejoice in the future, as other local Steak ‘n Shake franchises are on the horizon.
“There are plans later to put a couple more Steak ‘n Shake locations in Fresno,” Sater said.
“This is an 87-year-old brand and is probably one of the oldest burger chains in the U.S., but it was family-owned so the locations stayed in the Midwest and the family never pushed it nationwide. A new owner took over a few years ago and now they are trying to grow the brand. They recently just brought it to California. We built the first, which opened in Riverside three months ago. The Fresno location should be open in six weeks, and then Steak ‘n Shakes are planned for Yucca Valley, Merced, Roseville and Stockton. Those should all be open by the year’s end if everything goes well.”
Sater also opened the Del Taco next store and another in Clovis, and said that chain also has future expansion plans.
A spokesperson for Del Taco said three additional franchise locations throughout the Central Valley have planned openings over the next year.
“Steak ‘n Shake and Del Taco are both big national brands,” Sater said. “I think they will be great for the city and county of Fresno.”