2014 Second 100: Why Smashburger is the No. 3 fastest-growing chain

2014 Second 100: Why Smashburger is the No. 3 fastest-growing chain

This is part of Nation’s Restaurant News’ annual Second 100 report, a proprietary census ranking restaurant brands Nos. 101-200 by U.S. systemwide sales and other data. This special report focuses on a smaller, more growth-oriented universe than the Top 100 report. 

In the better-burger race, Smashburger is gunning to become a national contender with 272 units in 32 states and five foreign countries.

Known for its “smashed-to-order” burgers, with beef patties flattened on the grill to sear in juices, Denver-based Smashburger was founded in 2007 by Rick Schaden, a co-founder and former owner of the Quiznos sandwich chain. Smashburger is owned by Schaden’s private-equity firm Consumer Capital Partners.

Co-founder Tom R

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