As of Mar 31, 2018, the company operated 415 Steak n Shakes and 4 Western Sizzlin locations, and franchised 201 Steak n Shake and 58 Western Sizzlin restaurants.

In fiscal 2017, the company opened 27 net new franchised Steak n Shake locations and closed 6 Western Sizzlin locations.

At year-end, the company owned the land and building for 153 restaurants and leased the remainder.

Historically, a typical Steak n Shake restaurant was generally 4,200 square feet and had approximately 100 seats. In 2010, the company switched to a new prototype of 3,300 to 3,800 square feet with approximately 94 seats. The company also introduced smaller prototypes, including an in-line format with 2,000 to 2,500 square feet with 50 seats, and a non-traditional format for food courts and airports with 500 to 800 square feet. Western Sizzlin restaurant concepts average about 8,300 square feet, with seating for 283 guests, and there is a smaller prototype of 6,000 square feet, and Great American Steak & Buffet and Wood Grill Buffet concepts range from approximately 8,000 to 12,600 square feet.

TTM20172016201520142013
Company-operated restaurants419419420421420419
Company-operated restaurant growth-0.2%-0.2%-0.2%0.2%0.2%0.0%
Franchised restaurants259258237212195186
Franchised restaurant growth6.1%8.9%11.8%8.7%4.8%9.4%
Systemwide restaurants678677657633615605
Systemwide restaurant growth2.1%3.0%3.8%2.9%1.7%2.7%
Avg restaurant gross sq ft4,5004,6004,6004,6004,6004,600
Avg restaurant gross sq ft growth-0.1%-0.2%-1.0%-0.6%0.4%-1.3%