Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be room for another burger franchise, along comes Smashburger, the wildly successful burger chain that has opened nearly 200 restaurants in the last five years.

And, though the company’s name was inspired by the unique way its Angus beef patties are “smashed” on a hot grill, the company’s rise to success has been based on a more traditional entrepreneurial formula. Company founder Tom Ryan and CEO David Prokupek saw an opportunity to build a better burger and they took it.

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