As the fast-casual restaurant buzz whets appetites across the nation, the recipe for success is anyone’s guess, from Five Guys Burger and Fries to Chipotle and Panera Bread.

But the quickly-expanding Smashburger chain appears to have got it: a model that translates well to different regions and customer bases.

“Consumers customize apps on their smart phones and they want their burger their way,” says Ron Paul, president of Technomic, a Chicago, IL.-based restaurant consultant.

It’s a sentiment espoused by Smashburger, the five-year-old conduit to a better burger. More.

Originally posted by Cris Zimermann on January 26, 2012 in Franchise Site.


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