Ho boy! Denver is getting a Steak 'n Shake!

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Bring home the burger and shake, baby!
What may very well be the greatest of all American burger chains is coming to Denver. Well, not Denver, exactly, but close enough. And, no, it's not In-N-Out, although that, too, will come to Denver at some point in our lifetime. But not yet. Instead, we're getting a Steak 'n Shake, which is the next best thing -- and according to some burgermaniacs, the best thing since, well, the burger was invented.

In the event that you're not familiar with Steak 'n Shake (there can't be many of you), it's an old-fashioned burger barn that was founded by Gus Belt in 1934 in the abnormally named Normal, Illinois, and its slogan -- "Famous for Steakburgers" -- refers to its signature griddled and smashed steakburgers, so named because they're made from a blend of sirloin, ground round and T-bones. And then are the ethereal, hand-dipped, unrivaled milk shakes.

Film critic and Midwesterner Roger Ebert, who lost his ability to eat or drink after cancer took his jaw several years ago, writes an online journal for the Chicago Sun Times, and in 2009, he devoted one of his columns to Steak 'n Shake:

If I were on Death Row, my last meal would be from Steak 'n Shake. If I were to take President Obama and his family to dinner and the choice were up to me, it would be Steak 'n Shake--and they would be delighted. If the Pope were to ask where he could get a good plate of spaghetti in America, I would reply, "Your Holiness, have you tried the Chili Mac or the Chili 3-Ways?"

A downstate Illinois boy loves the Steak 'n Shake as a Puerto Rican loves rice and beans, an Egyptian loves falafel, a Brit loves banger and mash, an Indian loves tikki ki chaat, a Swede loves herring, a Finn loves reindeer jerky, and a Canadian loves bran muffins. These matters do not involve taste. They involve a deep-seated conviction that a food is absolutely right, and always has been, and always will be. These convictions are fixed at an early age. I do not expect to convert you.

Ebert wrote that love letter around the same time that the subsidiary company that owns Steak 'n shake, Biglari Holdings, announced that it would open 1,500 new franchise locations throughout the country in coming years, including outposts in Las Vegas; Richmond, Virginia; Rome, Georgia; and Denver -- specifically, Centennial, just off C-470 at East County Line Road and South Quebec Street. Centennial, of course, is also the landing site for the state's first IKEA.

Plans are underway to start construction on the 3,200-square-foot space in April. In addition, a Steak 'n Shake will also open in Colorado Springs.

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Jmarti2
Jmarti2

Burgers are very good, but the shakes suck.  They are obviously premixed in the machine like any other fast food joint. 

Gman
Gman

this place sucks!  guy at the door was rude and turning away customers who didn't call ahead to get on the wating list....its a damn burger place.  no take out and website doesn't work. 

No
No

and yet their site has been down so you can't even review the menu online.  Way to really stand out! 

Aimee
Aimee

OMG, so I can go to Steak n Shake and then to IKEA in one day without a plane ticket?  If they just get a Trader Joe's and an IMO's pizza, I'll be beside myself!

Jay
Jay

OK We know where two of the Denver area SnS's are going, now what about the other three.  Any of them going up North, Like Westminster maybe.  :)

Christine
Christine

Update:  Steak 'n Shake in Centennial will be opening the 3rd week in November!  As for locations 3-5, they are yet to be determined. :-)

Brianaladybug
Brianaladybug

think its too much to ask for one in Loveland?

Sydbareit
Sydbareit

There are already a lot of great places up north in Loveland and Fort Collins............Mainly Runza, I drive up there at least every other month to get Runza.............

Connie Holcomb
Connie Holcomb

wondering if you have any follow-up info on the Steak N Shake openings in CO??  -- drooling in the Springs

HR
HR

Centennial will open around the end of October.  Four more locations will open up over the next couple of years.  At this time there is no plan to open one in Colorado Springs.

Connie Holcomb
Connie Holcomb

wondering if you have any further updated info on Steak N Shake opening in Centennial & Colorado Springs?? drooling in the Springs

Markc9503
Markc9503

I grew up in Normal, Illinois not far from the original SnS. It is now a Monical's Pizza but I still have fond memories of enjoying a Chili Mac after many a long shift at Funk's lab. I way more excited by this news than the arrival of IKEA.

Guest
Guest

There will be one in Cenntenial this summer and more to come to Colorado in the near future!!!

Lynn Teasley Jones
Lynn Teasley Jones

Thank god there is finally good food coming to Denver! There are some decent restaurants, but nothing beats a good SnS burger!

Good Burger Hunter
Good Burger Hunter

If your looking for a really good hamburger and don't want to wait, try Freddy's as there are now three in the metro area. The prices are great and they have very good custard too. Check out their menu on line and see for your self.

Urbanminer
Urbanminer

I now have a reason to go to Centennial...

David
David

i visit family in florida regularly and make a trip to SnS every time. fingers crossed.

Mantonat
Mantonat

The last time I ate at a Steak & Shake was in St. Louis in 1995 or so. Looking at their current menu online, it seems like they have pared down their offerings considerably. The sandwich I remember really enjoying was the breaded pork tenderloin sandwich - a midwestern specialty that you rarely find in Colorado. The burgers were good too, but I'm not sure if I can get excited about a chain restaurant when we already have so many excellent local burger places. Steak & Shake is certainly one of those iconic, nostalgia inducing restaurants, but for those who didn't grow up with it, I can't imagine it being much more of a draw than a Red Robin.

Guest
Guest

With 4 Meals for $4, they don't hurt the pocket book as much as a Red Robin does.

beerme
beerme

Freshcraft has a breaded pork tenderloin sandwich that's pretty decent.

Lpdnvr
Lpdnvr

The Lobby has a good one too.

Mantonat
Mantonat

I think that's the only one I've seen on a menu anywhere in Denver. Of course, there are tons of independently-owned roadhouses and family diners that I've never set foot in and that don't have websites that may very well be serving awesome versions.

mm
mm

Culver's in Thornton has a decent tenderloin, as does Gunther Toody's and the Great Scott Eatery.

AndrewP
AndrewP

Of course, Lori, those of us who grew up in the Midwest know that Steak 'n Shake began life in Normal, *Illinois*. Either way, this is exciting news.

davebarnes
davebarnes

Not Denver.Centennial. I don't travel to Centennial for a burger.Call me when it is Denver.

Mantonat
Mantonat

Where do you live that you have to "travel" to Centennial? Most of us just drive there. It's not like you need to make sure your passports and shots are up to date.For those willing to make the arduous trek, make sure your sherpas leave room in your trunks to bring home leftovers because Centennial (and areas nearby) is quickly becoming a hidden food mecca with a variety of excellent choices.- Jabo's BBQ- Yazoo BBQ right across the street.- Yolanda's - really tasty tacos, although more Americanized than some like. - Sabor is a little more traditional and also has pretty good tortas.- Karl's German deli, where you can get a nice headcheese or blood and tongue sandwich- Pho Saigon, decent broth, but they really really know how to treat their tripe- Chicago Mike's - not too many places around where you can get a Chicago beef sandwich- Mirch - An explosion of Indian street food- Larkburger - now that's a burger worth traveling for (I know, it's not Centennial)- Street Kitchen, Russo's, and Marco's all in one strip.

I'm not saying I plan on moving to Centennial, but since I have to be here 8 hours a day, it's nice to know that I have a variety of really good options within 10 minutes of my office.

scott
scott

Imo's pizza and Lion's Choice would be nice

Jeff
Jeff

According to 9 News, this is *probably* happening, and an announcement is expected in April. It does not sound like the restaurant itself is scheduled to open in April.

HR
HR

The first Steak 'n Shake will open in Centennial around the end of October!  Don't miss out!!!

Robin
Robin

Yes, Yes, Yes - now we just have to work on White Castle

Jeff
Jeff

*faints*

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