Connecticut's First Smashburger To Open In Waterford

CT's first Smashburger debuts in Waterford Nov. 28

Connecticut's first Smashburger officially opens Friday, Nov. 28 in Waterford, at 903 Hartford Turnpike. 

The "better burger" chain 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 "Constitution" burger and chicken sandwich with provolone cheese, baby spinach, pesto, giardiniera, tomatoes and mayonnaise on a ciabatta bun, according to a news release. 

The Waterford Smashburger is one of several planned for New England by Mohegan Holdings, a business diversification entity of the Mohegan Tribe. The fast-growing chain 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. 

The restaurant will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Information: 860-437-9790,

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