Steak ‘n Shake was the latest buzz-worthy burger joint to come to Tucson. It opened at the University of Arizona.

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The Illinois-based Steak ’N Shake is coming to Tucson, setting up shop in the former Burger King in the University of Arizona Student Union.

Update: Steak 'N Shake is now open

Steak ’N Shake, the Midwest fave for its juicy hamburgers and thick, frothy milkshakes, is coming to Tucson.

The restaurant will open its first Southern Arizona outpost and only its second Arizona location in the food court of the Student Union Memorial Center. The Illinois-born-Indiana-based chain will take over the space once occupied by another national burger chain, Burger King.

Manager Dylan Magnuson said the restaurant will open in August, when the university resumes class for the fall semester. The first day of classes is Aug. 21, but Magnuson said the restaurant could open ahead of that date.

Steak ’N Shake has one other Arizona location, in Tempe in the shadow of Arizona State University on Mill Avenue. That restaurant has been open since fall 2013.

Steak ’N Shake, once cited by the late film critic Roger Ebert as the place he would like to have his last meal if he were on Death Row or the restaurant he would take President Obama and his family, was founded in Illinois in 1934. There are 544 locations mostly in the Midwest and Southern United States, as well the Middle East and Europe.

Contact reporter Cathalena E. Burch at cburch@tucson.com or 573-4642. On Twitter: @Starburch

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