July 14, 2017

Steak ‘n Shake coming to Student Center this fall

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. – A new dining option will soon be available at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Student Center.

Renovations are now underway in preparation for the opening of Steak ‘n Shake in the location formerly occupied by McDonald’s. Plans call for the restaurant to open about the middle of the fall 2017 semester.

The new Steak ‘n Shake will feature counter service and a wide variety of menu items, including traditional favorites such as burgers, fries and milkshakes. The restaurant will be operated by Goodness Shakes LLC. Owner Cameron Taleban, of Paducah, Ky., is also a principal in the Subway restaurants located in the Student Center and on W. Main St. in Carbondale.

The contract was finalized recently for the new Student Center Steak ‘n Shake franchise and its hours will coincide with the Student Center’s hours of operation.

The opening of the new restaurant assures a diverse selection of culinary choices at the Student Center, according to Tena Bennett, Student Center director. In addition to Steak ‘n Shake and Subway, the center is home to Starbucks and the Marketplace Food Court, which includes Sbarro, Chick-fil-A, Maroon Spoon, Freshly Tossed and Cantina Bravo.