Archive for Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Smashburger plans to open Lawrence location in spring 2010

There may soon be a new burger joint in Lawrence. Smashburger is currently set to open its doors in northwest Lawrence later this spring.

February 3, 2010


Smashburger is bringing its made-to-order burgers, flash-fried vegetables and rosemary-and-garlic-seasoned fries to Lawrence this spring.

The Denver-based chain, now with 47 locations, will open its restaurant in a building now under construction in the new Bauer Farm development, at the northeast corner of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.

Smashburger already has locations in Wichita and nearby Derby, and more are in the works, including one in Manhattan this spring and two in Overland Park this summer.

The restaurants also sell chicken sandwiches, hot dogs and salads, plus ice cream floats, shakes and malts, and bottled beers and wines by the glass. Additional items aim to meet regional tastes, such as the “Shocker Smashburger” in Wichita and “Husker Smashburger” — including onions and mushrooms, not corn — in Nebraska.

Areios LLC, which is franchising Smashburger restaurants in the Kansas City area, will own the Lawrence store.


BorderBattleKU21 7 years ago

Smashburger is really good but rather expensive.

somedude20 7 years ago

Has anyone had their food before, any good? Kind of sounds like that Dempsey's in that it is a bit more gourmet that say Burger King.

think_about_it 7 years ago

What will make it even more expensive is the 1% special sales tax imposed on customers who shop in Bauer Farms.

pagano 7 years ago

SmashBurger is ok but it's no Five Guys Burgers and Fries!

Flap Doodle 7 years ago

Smashburger's fries are top-notch. Their BBQ, bacon & cheese burger is also very good.

Steve Jacob 7 years ago

Funny how burger joints are opening up in a recession with higher prices.

somedude20 7 years ago

oneeye, there is a BK on 6th st (by Ray's) that has live country and western music on Mondays (think it is Mons). Bet it would be ahoot and a holler for a Eudorian such as yourself. And golly gee, you can even bring your hotdog and its stand.

hootin' and hollerin' for ole wilbur

frank mcguinness 7 years ago

Smashburger is gonna get smashed by dempsy's.

beawolf 7 years ago

The location suggests they are looking to the HS crowd for a lot their business. I seriously doubt folks who live east of Iowa are going to drive there.

ralphralph 7 years ago

Support your hometown restaurants.

Richard Heckler 7 years ago

Bauer Farms is having problems signing up tenants because the retail market in Lawrence is over loaded. Banana Republic said no.... so I heard.

parrothead8 7 years ago

What we really need is an In-N-Out Burger. And a Waffle House.

pace 7 years ago

Welcome to Lawrence. I will give it a try and wait to snipe and whine if something merits it.

KansasPerson 7 years ago

I'm guessing they won't cut in on Dempsey's business, being so distant, but maybe on that other place... what's it called, with the annoying commercials.... oh yes, Spangles!

sherlock 7 years ago

too bad some joint selling fast food doesnt locate in the now closed BackYard Burger building, its already built and waiting!

puddleglum 7 years ago

dude, check out the 'hamburger' aka meat filler product after the 17th can watch it if you rent the movie "food, inc" here ya go:

warning, you may never eat fast food again. so if you like mcdonald's, don't watch this.

Randall Barnes 7 years ago


OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years ago

"Smashburger is really good but rather expensive."

Two words: Backyard Burgers. Backyard had a great location and couldn't make it. If this recession doesn't end ASAP, this place won't make it 12 months.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years ago

What is it? Hubris? I mean, did they think that the failure of Backyard Burgers was a non-issue in their decision to come to Lawrence? Surely they were aware of what happened, and the fact that Five Bros. isn't doing that well.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years ago

BK says "absentee owners" everytime I go there.

BigPrune 7 years ago

"merrill (Anonymous) says… Bauer Farms is having problems signing up tenants because the retail market in Lawrence is over loaded. Banana Republic said no…. so I heard."

It's not that the retail market is overloaded merrill, it's that it was on hold until Walmart got built (something your people in power delayed for 5 years). Lots of carrying costs for expensive property creates high dollar rents. Thank your people.

Banana Republic is owned by the Gap these days and the Gap has been hit hard by the recession nationwide.

Soup2Nuts 7 years ago

This town needs another fast food joint like we need another frickin' bank.

Maddy Griffin 7 years ago

At least it wasn't another pizza place.

TopJayhawk 7 years ago

Commercial loans are getting harder to come by. And with the Obamanation wanting to unfarly tax banks to pay off GM's loans, they will get harder and more expensive to come by.

Thinking_Out_Loud 7 years ago

Smashburger just hasn't been the same since their album "Smashburger" went gold. "Get the Picture?" was disappointing, although I liked "You Are My Number One."

And their Christmas Album was good, too.

Kontum1972 7 years ago

i found a smashed was gross..had a hair imbedded..yuck

Commenting has been disabled for this item.