Villages Steak ‘n Shake still open despite plans to close 57 locations

The popular restaurant chain Steak ‘n Shake is closing 57 of its locations as a result of financial stresses brought on by the Coronavirus – but as of Tuesday the eateries in the local area were open and busy serving customers.

The Steak ‘n Shake in The Villages at 3980 Wedgewood Ln., near The Villages Charter School, was still open Tuesday after the chain’s parent company announced that 57 locations will be closed.

A steady stream of vehicles made their way through the drive-through early Tuesday afternoon at the Steak ‘n Shake located in The Villages at 3980 Wedgewood Lane. Vehicles also were lined up at the Wildwood location in the Pilot Travel Center next to Interstate 75.

Employees at the Leesburg eatery, located at 10650 U.S. Hwy. 441, and the Ocala location at 3800 SW College Rd., also reported their stores being open and busy. The location at 5180 NE 24th St. in Ocala was closed about a year ago along with 43 other stores in a “refranchising” effort.

A steady stream of vehicles lined up at the Steak ‘n Shake in The Villages on Tuesday after the company announced plans to close 10 percent of its locations.

The latest round of closures will affect 51 company-owned Steak ‘n Shake stores and six franchises. The chain’s parent company, Biglari Holdings, hasn’t announced which stores will be closed but the move comes after net sales dropped by about $61 million compared to the same time a year ago. The company is blaming the losses on its dining rooms being closed since mid-March because of the COVID-19 crisis.

After the closings, Steak ‘n Shake will have 553 restaurants across the United States. In the first quarter of 2019, the chain reported having 624 eateries.

More Headlines

Villages couple files lawsuit seeking compensation for sinkhole damage

A Villages couple is seeking $30,000 for damages to their home caused by sinkholes. Villages-News.com's Marv Balousek has details.

Man armed with gun jailed after climbing into woman’s car in The Villages

A man armed with a gun cloaked in a sock was arrested after climbing into a woman’s car at a grocery store in The Villages.

Photos

Great Blue Heron Swallowing A Very Large Catfish

Check out this great blue heron swallowing a very large catfish near Lopez Ashley Meadows #2. Thanks to Garry Kolb for sharing! Share your local...

Cloudy Sunset On Big Lake Weir

Check out these photos of a cloudy sunset on Big Lake Weir! Thanks to John Roman for sharing! Share your local photos with us at https://villages-news.com/contact-us!

Covered Wagon Next To New Bridge By Brownwood

Check out this covered wagon located next to the new bridge by Brownwood. Thanks to James Athow for sharing! Share your local photos with us...

Letters to the Editor

Villager hit nail on the head with regard to Katie Belle’s

A Village of Santo Domingo resident, in a Letter to the Editor, says a Villager hit the nail on the head with regard to the closure of Katie Belle’s.

Business

Pier 1 Imports announces plan to close all 540 stores amid COVID-19 crisis

Another popular business in The Villages is calling it quits as the nation continues to wrestle with the Coronavirus pandemic.

Crime

Man armed with gun jailed after climbing into woman’s car in The Villages

A man armed with a gun cloaked in a sock was arrested after climbing into a woman’s car at a grocery store in The Villages.

Opinions

Be Coronavirus cautious if you decide to hit the road

Are you planning to hit the road this summer? AARP offers tips on staying safe in the era of the Coronavirus.

Top Stories

Villagers have strong opinions about face masks at recreational facilities

Villagers are expressing strong opinions about a change in the requirement for face masks. We've got an update to a story we brought you earlier this week.

Villages couple files lawsuit seeking compensation for sinkhole damage

A Villages couple is seeking $30,000 for damages to their home caused by sinkholes. Villages-News.com's Marv Balousek has details.

Man armed with gun jailed after climbing into woman’s car in The Villages

A man armed with a gun cloaked in a sock was arrested after climbing into a woman’s car at a grocery store in The Villages.

Letters to the Editor

Villager hit nail on the head with regard to Katie Belle’s

A Village of Santo Domingo resident, in a Letter to the Editor, says a Villager hit the nail on the head with regard to the closure of Katie Belle’s.

Indiana man couldn’t come to The Villages for April rental

An Indiana man who has been visiting The Villages since 2008 is among those who couldn’t get his April rental money back. Read his Letter to the Editor.

Phyllis George famously dropped Miss America crown

A reader from New Jersey, in a Letter to the Editor, looks back fondly on that moment when Phyllis George dropped the Miss America crown.

Crime

Man armed with gun jailed after climbing into woman’s car in The Villages

A man armed with a gun cloaked in a sock was arrested after climbing into a woman’s car at a grocery store in The Villages.

Summerfield man nabbed after grandfather’s riding lawn mower goes missing

A Summerfield man was jailed Tuesday after being accused of stealing his grandfather’s riding lawn mower over the Memorial Day Weekend.

Man with drugs arrested in parking lot of car dealership in Wildwood

A man with drugs was arrested in the parking lot of a car dealership in Wildwood.