Steak and Shake

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There’s a story that five people were murdered inside the walk-in freezer at this Steak and Shake, but so far no evidence for this has yet to be found. Still, modern employees often refuse to spend any time in or around the freezer, even in daylight.

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Address:
1610 Southwest 13th Street
Gainesville, FL 32608
United States

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GPS:
29.63603299999999, -82.339855
County:
Alachua County, Florida
Nearest Towns:
Gainesville, FL (1.4 mi.)
Alachua, FL (9.5 mi.)
Micanopy, FL (9.8 mi.)
Archer, FL (13.0 mi.)
McIntosh, FL (14.7 mi.)
Waldo, FL (14.8 mi.)
La Crosse, FL (14.8 mi.)
Raleigh, FL (15.4 mi.)
Hawthorne, FL (15.5 mi.)
Newberry, FL (16.0 mi.)

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  1. Don’t know if it’s haunted, but story is true.disgruntled employee came in as the morning shift was prepping for day and forced them in freezer and shot them. Not sure if it was five or not. I am sure you can verify this in the Gainesville Sun archives.

  2. so there was a murder there. 2 employees were shot to death and a third was shot point blank in the head but lived through. it all happend in 1988. I worked this store for about a year before the renovations back in 1998. and yes this place is totally haunted. there’s still to this day bullet holes in the freezer and there are allways weird happinings going on.

  3. There was a multiple murder/shooting there in 1988. I had just moved to gainesville a few blocks from that shake and steak to go back to school. It was known as “steak and shoot” after that for a long time.

  4. I was the grave yard manager no pun intended in 2001. While doing the money in the office some how a cobbler (pie) ended up on the top shelf in dry storage. You would need a ladder for that and they were both hanging and locked on the exterior of the building. Freezer bulbs would blow everytime you would go to do food counts there are bullet holes in the main cooler and freezer that is before the remodel. and we used to have chairs move and make pyramids at times.

  5. This wasn’t even the Steak n’ Shake where it happened – that was at 3714 SW 42nd ST and it’s an empty lot, now – the one at 13th ST is newer – a completely different store.
    Want proof? GPS: 29.6200220, -82.3853920

  6. The story is very true..Such a sad tragedy I never personally work there but I worked in the Foodservice industry around the same time this happened because I lived in the town when it happened. I’ve Heard lots of different stories from people who work there after who could not handle it especially on the night shift they said some of the things that happened there were so scary they couldn’t even go near the freezer they said they would hear voices and they would see different things going on there’s even been a few customers who had told accounts of things that happened when they went into the store location ..I don’t know if it was true or not but I guess they opened very soon after all of this and there were still parts and particles of brain matter that they found for days in the freezer where the ppl where executed.Now I do not believe that is true but then again knowing the person that ran it at the time I wouldn’t be shocked if it was true. all I know is haunted or not it was a senseless tragedy but I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to know it was haunted because I’ve heard many stories proving it was & is.

  7. I lived in Gville when this happened; grew up there and ate at that Steak N Shake a lot (it used to be a drive in Steak N Shake!). It sent shockwaves through the community. Such a tragedy. I haven’t been back to that restaurant since.

  8. My mom worked there in the 80’s, was on the shift before it happened. She said paranormal stuff happened before they tore it down, but now nothing happens. What used to be the freezer (where they were killed) is now the dishwashing area. The manager let me and my sister back to that area after we told her that story, but she said shes never seen anything paranormal there so I don’t know.

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