Smashburger is becoming almost as well known for its community involvement as it is for its fresh menu options. This time, it's Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) receiving the support. In honor of October, the official month of BCA, the restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina, located in the Stonecrest Shopping Center on Rea Road, is holding a month-long event to raise funds for the cause.
With the better-burger category taking off in the U.S., and with its place solidified as one of the top players in the category, Smashburger announced its first deals for international units.
Development agreements were signed that will take the Denver-based chain to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Kuwait.
Dave Prokupek, chairman and CEO of Smashburger, says the company has been looking into international expansion for the last year, and that the time is ripe to take the successful burger company overseas.
Smashburger announced it is ranked No. 99 on the 30th annual Inc. 500, thanks to its three-year sales growth of 2,673 percent. The Inc. 500 is an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs.
It may be that a person usually needs to hear something at least three times before it registers in their mind. But something I heard at the 15th Annual UCLA Extension Restaurant Industry Conference recently stood out to me the first time it was said—and its impression only got stronger each time I heard the point repeated throughout the day.
Smashburger, the nation’s fastest growing “better burger” fast-casual restaurant concept, kicked off the summer burger season with a celebration of the Classic Smashburger, its most popular menu item.
Smashburger,the nation’s fastest growing “better burger” concept, announced it has added five new franchise partners to its rapidly growing family of franchisees, totaling a combined commitment for 63 new franchise units across the country.
These most recent franchise agreements bring Smashburger’s total franchise pipeline to 463 locations, which are expected to open over the course of the next several years. These new commitments will also allow Smashburger to make its debut in four new markets, further expanding its growing national footprint.
Smashburger opens the doors to its 100th store on April 27 in Schaumburg, Illinois. Since its debut more than three years ago, Smashburger has successfully opened stores in 20 states and 29 markets with an even mix of corporate and franchise units.
Smashburger is serving localized burgers inspired by regional favorite flavors. These custom-designed burgers highlight the signature ingredients and taste combinations of each city, giving customers a burger built for their local palate.
Guests can enjoy localized smashburgers at restaurants in 19 states across the country and each specialized burger reflects the market's food identity and passion, ranging from fried pickles with ranch dressing in Tulsa to the guacamole and Habanero cheese-topped Arizona smashburger.
What’s happened to pizza’s major players?
In 2000, the QSR 50 Report, this magazine’s annual ranking of the nation’s top quick-service brands, showed a robust American appetite for pizza, a category trailing only burger joints in representation. With pizza chains claiming four of the list’s top 15 slots and 12 of the top 50, the segment seemed poised to maintain its spot as a 21st century quick-service staple.