Ricky Stilley / Douglas County Sentinel

Steak 'n Shake, a restaurant chain known for its premium burgers and hand-dipped milkshakes, is coming to Douglasville on Highway 5 next to Popeyes.

"We look forward to getting this project underway as quickly as possible," Douglasville's Development Services Director Jeff Noles said.

The first step in the process is approval of the store's development plan, which will be discussed at the Planning and Development Committee's meeting Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. The plan, dated March 4, is for the property at 9557 Highway 5. The application was submitted by Brent Beck of Southland Engineering.

Beck stated Wednesday that, pending approval, the project is expected be completed 90 days after construction begins.

Noles doesn't foresee any problems with traffic like there was when Popeyes opened on March 12.

By 3:30 Monday afternoon the day Popeyes opened, the drive-through line was so long it blocked traffic on Highway 5 and there wasn't a free table in the place. A man in an orange vest was trying to clear up traffic outside. Noles doesn't foresee any problems at the Highway 92 location.

"One unique thing about this site (is that) it doesn't have a driveway directly from the parcel onto Highway 5 so we'll be use existing entry points on Highway 5," Noles said. "(The driveway) at Popeyes, although quite challenging the first couple of days, has shown to be correctly designed."

According to a press release, Steak 'n Shake was founded in 1934 in Normal, Illinois and is a leader in the fast casual “better burger” segment of the restaurant industry.The company operates corporate and multi-unit franchise territories with nearly 500 restaurants. It is the 2010 recipient of the Nation's Restaurant News Golden Chain Award and Zagat recognized the restaurant as having the #1 Milkshake in 2012.

Steak 'n Shake is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Biglari Holdings, Inc.

The chain recently opened a location in Carrollton and even two months after opening, crowds remain heavy, with waits a regular occurrence during lunch hours and dinner time.

Judging from early response on Facebook, the restaurant will be welcomed locally as well.

"It's about time," wrote Tandra Taylor Gunby on a Facebook post. "Now bring some more good restaurants please."

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