The restaurant is located at 100 Sandhill Drive on southbound U.S. Route 301 between Arby's and American Spirit Federal Credit Union.

The new Steak 'n Shake in Middletown was busy inside and at the drive-through on its opening day today, Sept. 3.

The restaurant is located at 100 Sandhill Drive on southbound U.S. Route 301 between Arby's and American Spirit Federal Credit Union. It's the former site of DQ which has moved to a new building farther south on U.S. Route 301 near Walmart.

About 80 employees are working at the Steak 'n Shake which features seating for about 100 customers.

Co-managers are Tiffany Hill and Marvin Freeman.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, but Hill said those hours will be extended.

"After about a month and a half or two months, we'll be introducing breakfast, so we'll be open earlier in the morning. Then in about another two months, we plan to be open 24 hours," Hill said.

The menu features steak burgers and milkshakes, along with fries, sandwiches and salads.

"Everything is freshly prepared and made to order," said Hill. "All of our milkshakes are hand dipped."

Hill and Freeman have been training with Steak 'n Shake since May.

"We're glad to offer a new concept to Middletown, where customers can get a fresh, hot, quality meal at an affordable price,"said Hill.

As reported by the Middletown Transcript in January, operating manager Sharath Ponnamaneni owns the business as a franchise with a group of investors.

He's planning to open six or seven other Steak ’n Shake restaurants in Dover, Wilmington and in the Rehoboth Beach area over the next five years. There are no other Steak ’n Shake locations in Delaware.

Steak ’n Shake was founded in February 1934 in Normal, Illinois. Gus Belt was Steak ’n Shake’s founder and would wheel in a barrel of steaks (including round, sirloin, and T-bones) and grind the meat into burgers right in front of the guests, according to the company’s website.

Steak ’n Shake Operations, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Biglari Holdings Inc.