US burger chain inks deal for 40 UAE outlets

Steak ‘n Shake, the US burger restaurant company, announced on Tuesday it has signed an agreement to expand operations to the Middle East.

It said it has inked its first international development agreement, which will bring the burger chain to the UAE.

Steak ‘n Shake has signed an exclusive area development agreement with the Saleh Bin Lahej Group to open 40 restaurants in the country, it said in a statement.

The Saleh Bin Lahej Group already operates franchises for major restaurant brands such as Chili’s, Macaroni Grill, Black Canyon Asian Cuisine, El Chico Mexican Restaurant, The Pizza Company, and Cantina Laredo.

Sardar Biglari, chairman of Biglari Holdings, which owns Steak n Shake, said: “We are excited about turning Steak n Shake into a global brand.

“I am honoured to be partners with Mohammed Saleh Bin Lahej, a visionary who is taking an iconic American brand to the UAE as our introductory international partner. He has been responsible for creating a company dedicated to high, unmatched operating standards within the industry.”

Mohammed Saleh Bin Lahej, group CEO of Saleh Bin Lahej Group added: “I am confident that our partnership with Steak ‘n Shake will prove to be prosperous and will mark a notable achievement for both parties.”

Steak ‘n Shake said it expects to open its first location in Dubai during 2013.

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