Denver, CO – January 23, 2014 – Smashburger, the leading better burger restaurant, today announced it has ranked number six on Forbes third annual America’s Most Promising Companies list. Chosen from hundreds of applicants this year, the Forbes list recognizes the nation’s top 100 privately-held, high-growth companies with compelling business models and strong management teams, as well as notable customers and investors. Smashburger previously ranked number one on the inaugural list and did not apply for the list last year.
“2013 was another strong year for Smashburger and we are thrilled to be a part of Forbes’ annual list once again this year,” commented Scott Crane, CEO of Smashburger. “We are extremely proud to be distinguished again as one of the nation’s top 10 most promising companies. The fast casual industry has clearly resonated with the American consumer and we are pleased to be recognized as the only fast casual player on this list.”
Smashburger is known for its juicy burgers made from certified Angus beef and smashed to order, along with its premium menu offering that includes grilled chicken sandwiches, fresh entrée salads and an array of signature sides. Smashburger’s menu also features a variety of regional recipes, craft beers, and hand-spun Häagen-Dazs shakes. There are currently 255 Smashburger locations worldwide and the company is on track to reach the 500 unit milestone within the next few years through partnerships with experienced multi-unit franchisees as well as its own investment in corporate store growth.