Debbie “Debo” Richman was 15 years old when she began her Steak ‘n Shake career waiting tables in Indianapolis. Little did she know at the time, her first work experience was laying the foundation for an exciting future with the company.
A mom of two boys, Debbie opened the franchise’s first store in 1995 with the help of partners. The business grew quickly, adding locations across greater Chattanooga and Northwest Georgia. In 2002, Debbie became the sole owner and president of Debo’s Diners, and she made a commitment to conduct business differently than others in the industry by valuing people over profits.
Debbie’s unique approach is working. The business continues to grow, expanding into Knoxville, and the Debo’s Diners team proudly operates two of the top five busiest Steak ‘n Shakes in the world. If you ask her she’ll tell you, the franchise’s continued success is the result of the entire team’s dedication to improving the lives of guests, employees, and the members of the communities Debo’s Diners serves.