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Jan. 12: Steak ‘n Shake franchise opportunity presentation for potential operators

There will be a networking event on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, from 6-6:30 p.m. at 349 Main Street (aka Dining on the Green Banquet Hall), Park Forest, followed by a welcome address with Mayor John Ostenburg and franchise opportunity presentation, from 6:45-8:30p p.m. led by Brian Bovey, Site Manager for Steak ‘n Shake Operations and Vic Yeandel, Franchise Development, Steak ‘n Shake. Come find out what it takes to be an owner/operator. Let’s do all we can to assist Steak ‘n Shake with finding a qualified owner/operator for a new restaurant in Park Forest. Click here to register.

Steak n Shake is a full-service, casual dining restaurant serving a core menu of its famous Steakburgers, thin ‘n crispy French Fries and old fashioned hand-dipped Milk Shakes. Menu variety includes sandwiches, such as the Turkey Melt and the Grilled Chicken Breast, as well as Chili, home style soups, fresh salads, a variety of desserts and breakfast. All of the food is prepared to the guest’s order and served by friendly, well-trained associates. Steak n Shake restaurants feature full-service dining areas, counter service and drive-thru windows. Restaurants are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The link for more information about franchise operations is

For more information about the event, please contact Sandra Zoellner at 708-283-5623 or

Background: In 2013, Park Forest’s all volunteer economic development advisory group members surveyed nearly 300 residents about their dining preferences and what they would like to see in Park Forest. Overwhelming, Steak ‘n Shake was the number one response. A Steak ‘ n Shake representative met with Mayor John Ostenburg in 2014, at the International Council of Shopping Centers Real Estate convention. Read more about this convention on the Select Chicago Southland page.

Then, the advisory group collected nearly 700 signatures, representing 3,500 people, and sent the signatures to Steak ‘n Shake’s  corporate office. The group also created a Facebook page that had 524 members, and sent Steak ‘n Shake corporate a link to the page to encourage them to step a search for local operators. In response, Steak ‘n Shake franchise representative will be in Park Forest, January 12.

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