A local franchisee said he expects to bring the Steak ‘n Shake restaurant chain to Baton Rouge by the middle of next year.

Gustavo Ruiz de Chavez, operating owner and chief operating officer of Louisiana Steak ‘n Shake, would not say where the Baton Rouge restaurant will be located, but said the long-term plans call for three here and one each in Denham Springs and Hammond.

Louisiana Steak ‘n Shakes’ first location will begin construction this week in Covington and will open in December.