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Smashburger planning move into Capital Region

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What ever would we do without Craigslist? The online classified ad site often has employment ads for new local restaurants that haven't yet made a public announcement of their arrival.

The latest example is a help-wanted ad for a new unit of the Smashburger chain being developed on the Wolf Road shopping corridor. And, this may be just the beginning.

Here's an excerpt from the ad for general managers and managers that went online Wednesday (bold lettering added for emphasis):

"Smashburger is coming to the Capital District! Apply Now. ... As a proud Smashburger Franchisee, we have plans to open two restaurants per year for the next five years."

Among other requirements to obtain a franchise, the chain requires $1.5 million in individual or partnership net worth and $500,000 in individual or partnership liquid assets.

The fast-casual burger chain has more than 260 corporate and franchise restaurants in 30 states and in four international countries. Although it encourages customers to create their own burger combinations, it has such signature concoctions as a Spicy Baja (jalapeño peppers, guacamole, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and chipotle mayo on a chipotle bun) and such toppings as Smash Sauce, jalapeños, chipotle peppers, grilled onions, red onions, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes and such sauces as mayo, ranch, barbecue, ketchup and mustard. Franchisees also are encouraged to create regional specialties with locally-sourced ingredients.

Smashburger's menu also offers chicken sandwiches, salads, signature side items and shakes. It was ranked No. 2 on Franchise Times' "2014 Fast & Serious" list of smartest-growing brands, and was in the Top 10 of “America’s Most Promising Companies” by Forbes Magazine in 2014.

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