America’s Love for Great Steak Cheesesteak Franchise Has Lasted for Decades

Fresh ingredients, great customer service and a straightforward menu make Great Steak a perennial classic that fans seek nationwide.

Food trends may come and go with the onset of a new calendar year, but a great Philly cheesesteak never goes out of style. Great Steak cheesesteak franchise has been steadily growing for more than 30 years by sticking to one thing and doing it extraordinarily well. Our premium cheesesteak appeals to customers from the East Coast to the West Coast and fans of Great Steak take their love for our food wherever they go.

“Cheesesteaks may have started in Philadelphia, but they’ve become a sandwich in high demand nationwide,” says Kari Combs, Vice President of Operations. “When the Great Steak cheesesteak franchise concept was launched more than 30 years ago, that was the foundation — and that’s never changed. People who want cheesesteak have learned that Great Steak can meet that need with a terrific, affordably priced, authentic cheesesteak sandwich. That’s why they keep coming back.”

Great Steak takes cheesesteak very seriously. Founded by two Ohio brothers who fell in love with the sandwich on a trip to Philadelphia in 1982, Great Steak grew to more than 50 locations throughout the nation. Our simple menu focuses on cheesesteaks, both classic and innovative, and our specialization is appealing not only to cheesesteak purists, but also to the largest demographic in the United States: millennials.

“Great Steak appeals to a wide variety of people in any part of the country,” says Combs. “Our food is affordable, with an average ticket of $8 to $10. And our use of high-quality ingredients is evident the moment a customer steps up to the counter. We don’t prepare meals in advance. Our customers tell us how they want their food, and then we cook their meal in front of them. It’s dinner and a show!”

Streamlined menu means lower operating costs and smaller staffing needs

When customers visit a Great Steak cheesesteak franchise they have a specific food experience in mind, Combs says. This helps keep our menu simple, which makes it easier for our team members to deliver a premium customer experience along with premium food.

“When people decide they want a cheesesteak, they have made up their mind,” says Combs. “They don’t want to get hit with two dozen offerings that are similar, or totally different. The Great Steak menu is small but still offers plenty of flexibility when it comes to customizing an order — to get it just how that customer wants it.”

The fresh, made-to-order menu at Great Steak is simple and profitable. Because we don’t rely on food trends to boost sales, Great Steak tends to have lower start-up and operational costs than most food businesses. That makes us a great investment for entrepreneurs who are looking for a simple concept that can be ideal for a mall food court.

We also keep things simple when it comes to staffing. Because of our small footprint, a Great Steak only needs about four employees. When new franchisees sign on, they join two families — the Great Steak family and the Kahala Brands family, a world-class franchise industry leader. New owners are walked through everything it takes to successfully launch their Great Steak location — from hiring their small but efficient team to growing the business and introducing new fans to Great Steak.

Great Steak is a low-cost investment opportunity in the $19 billion sandwich industry, and it boasts a proven business model. Owners enjoy the support not only of Great Steak’s top-shelf management team, but also that of Kahala Brands, one of the most trusted names in franchising with more than 3,000 premier locations nationwide. Whether you’re looking to bring authentic cheesesteak sandwiches to a shopping mall near you or wanting to open a friendly neighborhood eatery, Great Steak offers the right opportunity. There’s never been a better time to open a Great Steak.

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