Steak N Shake was on a expansion binge during the 1970s. After recent successes in the 1960s, they had their eyes set on heading towards the West Coast. With multiple states standing between California, and the Mid-West, the oil rich state of Texas was an attractive option to continue Steak N Shake’s expansion. To help build a foothold for the brand, Steak n Shake decided to hit two major cities in Texas Dallas, and Houston.
The first locations in the Houston area opened in August of 1976. Steak N Shake seemed to put full faith into their planed Texas expansion, building six locations in the Houston area in 1976. An additional three would open in early 1977. Just as quickly as Steak n Shake entered Texas, it exited the market. With the last mention in Houston being a Chronicle ad searching for management, run in June 30th of 1978. Making it just a month shy of the two year mark, there is little information on what exactly went wrong. Although the advertisements make it seem likely that staffing issues were a contributing if not major factor.
An interesting side note, of the 9 locations built, 7 were sold to Grandy’s. Which was a Southern Comfort restaurant chain, somewhat similar to Black Eyed Pea. The chain which had locations throughout Texas, started in Dallas in 1972. Looking to expand, the failed burger restaurants made easy conversions. With the exterior being slightly updated including a new metal mansard roof which all Grandy’s sport.
Ultimately Steak n Shake’s time in Houston was so short, it’s often forgotten to time.
|2227 Gessner Rd Houston, TX 77043||1976 Location, Became a Grandy's Now Taqueria Cancun|
|8111 S Gessner Rd Houston, TX 77036||1976 Location, Became a Grandy's Now Taqueria Arandas|
|5322 Farm to Market 1960 Rd W Houston, TX 77069||1976 Location, Became a Grandy's Demolished 2018|
|3730 Kirby Dr Houston, TX 77098||1976 Location, Became a Grandys Later Demolished|
|5745 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX 77057||1976 Location, Became a Grandy's Now James Coney Island|
|14508 Memorial Dr Houston, TX 77079||1976 Location, Became Farm and Home S&L Then Ta Hua Chinese|
|8321 Broadway St Houston, TX 77061||1977 Location, Became Sugar's Club Later Demolished|
|1005 Bay Area Blvd Houston, TX 77058||1977 Location Became a Grandy's Later Demolished|
|806 Southmore Ave Pasadena, TX 77502||1977 Location Became a Grandy's Later Demolished|