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Steak ‘n Shake on its way

For those already initiated in the ways of the Steakburger, Chili 5-Way and takhomasak, we have wonderful news: Steak ’n Shake is coming to Maryland.steak-and-shake-Logo_2010

The restaurant chain with the 1950s look mostly is located in the Midwest, but has put locations in other regions — New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia, for instance — but none in Maryland. However, Khalil Ahmad is remedying that.

Ahmad, who owns AR Restaurants, an operator of Subway and Taco Bell franchises in Maryland, will open the state’s first Steak ’n Shake in September in Millersville, with plans to open seven more, CapitalGazette.com reported. If Ahmad follows through with locations in Annapolis, Arundel Mills, Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Bowie, Catonsville, Owings Mills and Silver Spring, that could mean as many as 4,000 jobs.

Despite the name, the chain does not actually serve steaks — it refers to its hamburgers as “Steakburgers” — but it does feature thick milkshakes and chili served Cincinnati-style, over spaghetti, topped with a mound of shredded cheese.

And if you go, look for the sign that says “takhomasak,” the vaguely Indian-sounding word meant to implore you to take home a sack of burgers.

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