Over the years, Debo’s Diners has become a well-respected, award-winning business. We measure our success not by the revenues we earn, but by the purpose we serve: to improve the lives of our guests, employees, and the members of the communities we serve. We accomplish our purpose by allowing everything we say and do to be guided by six core values:


Above all else, we have the courage and discipline to do what is right based on the principles of honesty, integrity, and professionalism.


We sacrifice personally to create "WOW" experiences for team members, guests, and the community.


We succeed through servant leadership, and respectful, fun, and selfless cooperation.


We recognize and point out the best in people, things, and situations.


We battle the status quo by consistently improving every day.


We despise mediocrity and always do our best.


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Debbie Richman

Debbie Richman

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.

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Mike Richman

Mike Richman

Debo’s Diners has been an integral part of Mike’s life since Kindergarten when the Gunbarrel store first opened. He visited the restaurants regularly before or after school, washing dishes or bussing tables. Throughout high school, Mike was a server at the Fort Oglethorpe store.

In 2014, Mike returned to the business full-time Vice President. Prior to joining Debo’s Diners, he worked as an auditor for Joseph Decosimo and Company PLLC (presently Elliott Davis) where he performed audits and provided reviews and compliations for privately owned businesses, public corporations and nonprofits. Mike earned his Bachelor’s degree in accounting and his Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).

Mike believes that a operating a financially sound and growing business is the cornerstone of valuing people over profits. He is committed to ensuring operational excellence in all aspects of the business so the entire Debo’s Diners team can stay focused on improving the lives of guests, employees, and the members of the communities they serve.

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