BEHIND THE NEWS: Steak n Shake showdown sure to escalate from here

Investors Sardar Biglari and Philip Cooley didn't exactly hit it off with The Steak n Shake Co.'s top brass when they met in August to discuss the company's future. Company Chairman Alan Gilman and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Blade "refused to disclose basic information" and "rebuffed disclosure of even niggling details like the number of employees at headquarters," according to Biglari's account of the meeting, which he included in a Jan. 23 letter to company shareholders. "We are suspect of...

 

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