Smashburger Debuts Shake to Benefit Breast Cancer Research

Smashburger, the rapidly expanding better-burger restaurant concept, unveiled an exclusive limited-time only Raspberry Sorbet Shake to benefit Susan G. Komen and in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The new shake will be available in Smashburger restaurants throughout the U.S. from Tuesday, October 1 through Thursday, October 31, 2013. The Raspberry Sorbet Shake is hand-spun and combines Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Ice Cream with Häagen-Dazs Raspberry Sorbet for a blended treat.

Smashburger Conference Recognizes Brand Leaders

Smashburger, the rapidly expanding better burger restaurant concept, announced the recipients of its most prestigious annual awards, including Franchisee of The Year, which were presented to seven deserving franchise groups and corporate leaders at the company’s 2013 Conference held in Laguna Beach, California, from September 18-20.


Smashburger Serves Food To CO First Responders

Smashburger announced it will provide first responders assisting in the rescue and evacuation operation of Bolder County, Colorado's flood emergency a free entree, side, and beverage at all of its Colorado-area units. A valid first responder ID is required for redemption.

The company also invites first responders to use its restaurants as a place to take a break and charge electronic devices as needed. 

Daily Deals Evolve

Operators still look to daily-deal services to drive business.

NYC Bagel Deli sold more than 10,500 Groupon deals for the brand last May.
Corey Kaplan, owner of NYC Bagel Deli, says customers bought more than 10,500 Groupon deals for the brand last May.

Two years ago, daily-deal sites such as Groupon, LivingSocial, and a host of other regional and national players boomed as customers clamored for discounted products and services. Many of the sites eventually closed up shop as the trend faded and the space became too saturated.

Smashburger Ranks as One of Fastest Growing Companies

Smashburger announced it has posted three-year sales growth of 254 percent on the 32nd annual Inc. 500|5000 list. Smashburger ranked number 1,562, marking its third consecutive year on the list. The Inc. 500|5000 is a ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies and represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy: America’s independent entrepreneurs.

Smashburger Continues Smashing Success

Smashburger, the rapidly expanding better burger restaurant concept, announced it has added five new franchise partners to its growing family of better burger franchisees, totaling a combined commitment for 19 new franchise units across the U.S. These most recent franchise agreements bring Smashburger’s total active franchise pipeline to approximately 300 locations, which are expected to open over the next several years.

Smashburger, Live Basil Pizza Head to L.A. LIVE

Consumer Concept Group (CCG) and AEG announced today that the Denver-based restaurateurs would be bringing three of their most popular restaurants to the L.A. LIVE sports and entertainment district in downtown Los Angeles.

With grand openings planned for the fourth quarter of 2013, renovations to the existing ESPN Zone L.A. LIVE will pave the way to create CCG’s latest concept, Tom’s Urban 24, featuring urban cuisine, epic cocktails, ice cold craft beers on tap, and space for private a group parties.

Smashburger Unveils PB&J Shake this Summer

Smashburger, the rapidly expanding better burger restaurant concept, unveiled its newest Häagen-Dazs shake, the Peanut Butter & Jelly, plucked directly from its secret menu of items created by guests themselves. This hand-spun shake combines premium Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream blended with strawberry syrup and crushed Nutter Butter Cookies to create an authentic peanut butter and jelly blend with every sip. The Peanut Butter & Jelly shake is available from July 1 through September 30, 2013.

Better Burger, Better Brew

Smashburger’s beer pairings continue to differentiate the brand.

Smashburger cofounder explains craft beer and burger pairing at Chicago event.
Smashburger cofounder Tom Ryan explains a craft beer and burger pairing at a recent Chicago event. Daniel P. Smith

Inside Smashburger’s newest Chicago-area restaurant, a hip-looking joint in the city’s trendy Lincoln Park neighborhood, company founder and chief concept officer Tom Ryan holds up the brand’s Windy City Burger as if it’s Lord Stanley’s Cup.

Packed with layers of melted Cheddar cheese, haystack onions, lettuce, tomato, and spicy mustard on a pretzel bun, the Windy City Burger is the fast-casual chain’s exclusive offering for the Chicago market and continues Smashburger’s six-year run of creating local burgers across its 209-store national footprint.

$35 Million Given to Smashburger for Expansion

Smashburger announced that it has closed on a $35 million round of financing with Golub Capital. The company intends to use the line of credit to finance its ongoing growth plans, which include anticipated 30 percent new unit growth for 2013. Smashburger expects to open 50 to 60 company and franchise locations this year, ending the year at close to 250 locations and 300+ units by the end of 2014.