Steak 'n Shake has signed a deal to expand the full-service burger brand to the Middle East.
The concept, owned by Biglari Holdings Inc. of San Antonio, Texas, said Tuesday it had inked its first international development agreement with the Saleh Bin Lahej Group to open 40 restaurants throughout the United Arab Emirates.
The Saleh Bin Lahej Group already franchises U.S.-based brands such as Chili's Grill & Bar, Macaroni Grill, Black Canyon Asian Cuisine, El Chico Mexican Restaurants, The Pizza Company and Cantina Laredo.
“The UAE will be the springboard from which we plan to grow the Steak n Shake brand in multiple dimensions and in many other countries, ” Sardar Biglari, chairman of Biglari Holdings, said in a statement
Steak 'n Shake, which has about 500 restaurants in the United States, expects to open its first location in Dubai during 2013.