Steak Escape has been named a Military Friendly Franchise for 2011 by G.I. Jobs magazine. The designation places Steak Escape in the top 10 percent of restaurant franchises nationwide.
The Columbus-based restaurant chain was recognized for its efforts to recruit military veterans. It is one of more than 4,000 franchises surveyed. The annual poll ranks restaurants based on three criteria, including the number and percentage of veteran-owned franchises, the company’s programs and policies that assist employees who are in the military, and the franchise’s financial commitment to recruit and retain veterans.
“We are honored to be recognized in this way,” says Jeff Fix, VP of development for Steak Escape. “I have the highest level of respect for anyone who serves our country through the military, and our company has always tried to mirror that respect. At the same time, the military members and veterans who have worked with us have impressed us with their work ethic and discipline, so it’s always made good business sense for us to make the effort to recruit and retain them.”
Founded in 1982, Steak Escape is the originator of the mall cheesesteak concept. It stakes its reputation on freshly prepared and grilled cheesesteaks, fries, fresh-squeezed lemonade, and a variety of fresh-grilled specialty sandwiches, salads, and smashed potatoes. Steak Escape restaurants operate in more than 80 cities in 23 states and three countries.