Mohegan Tribe To Open Smashburger In Waterford


Smashburger is set to open in Waterford in late 2014. (HANDOUT / SMASHBURGER / September 16, 2014)

Another fast-casual burger chain is heading to Connecticut, courtesy of the Mohegan Tribe. The state’s first Smashburger is set to open in early December at the Waterford Commons, with plans for more in Eastern Connecticut, Western and Central Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Smashburger gets its name from the chain’s preferred cooking method: all-natural beef patties are “smashed” and seared on a 400-degree flattop grill. Burgers are topped with fresh produce and a variety of condiments, including avocado, spinach, cucumber, jalapeno, mushroom and goat cheese. Smashburger also offers a variety of chicken sandwiches and salads, and sides include “Smashfries” with olive oil, garlic and rosemary; “haystack onions,” sweet potato fries and “veggie frites.” Milkshakes are made with Haagen-Dazs ice cream.

Smashburger customizes recipes for specific markets as well; the Waterford location will offer a “Connecticut” burger and chicken sandwich with provolone cheese, baby spinach, pesto, giardiniera, tomatoes and mayonnaise on a ciabatta bun, according to a news release.

“Smashburger will continue our Tribe’s reputation for bringing the best to our region,” said Kevin Brown “Red Eagle,” chairman of the Mohegan Tribal Council, in a statement. “We have been consistently impressed by the company’s commitment to bringing the fast-casual restaurant experience to a higher level and providing excellent customer service.”

The chain, with more than 280 locations in 32 states and five international countries, has received several nods for its business efforts over the past few years. Smashburger was named one of Forbes’ “America’s Most Promising Companies,”  and one of INC.’s 500|5000 in 2013, which ranks America’s fastest-growing companies.