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Smashburger to Arrive in Wantagh

Fast-casual burger chain slated to set up shop in Wantagh Woods Plaza by end of summer.

The fast-casual burger chain Smashburger is expanding into Wantagh.

Denver-based Smashburger is scheduled to open its third Long Island location on 1223 Wantagh Ave. by early August at the former location of a Dollar Store in the Wantagh Woods Plaza. Irwin Kruger, franchisee for Smashburger’s Long Island locations, said the Wantagh summer opening is among about a half a dozen the chain is targeting to open in Nassau County by the end of the year. Kruger said part of the appeal for the planned Wantagh location is being located along a busy road like Wantagh Avenue near the Southern State Parkway and its proximity to and high schools.

“It’s an attractive area for us,” Kruger said.  “It should be a big hit in Wantagh.”

The new Wantagh Smashburger will measure 3,200 square-feet compared to 2,300 square-feet in the chain’s Hicksville location, which Kruger said produces one of the highest volume of customers for all of its 170 restaurants nationwide. Kruger said the extra space will be mainly used for a private party area in the rear of the restaurant.

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Kruger said since Smashburger recently moved into Hicksville, they have worked hard to get involved with the local schools and plan to do the same in Wantagh.

“We’re trying to do whatever we can to tie into the neighborhood,” he said.

In addition to hamburgers, Smashburger also offers chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, salads and shakes. The Smashburger name derives from the process they use to cook burgers, which are smashed onto the grill using a metal plate.

What do you think of Smashburger's pending arrival in Wantagh? Tell us in the comments.  

Patrick June 17, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Wow, if that is not my ego going overboard. Hard to believe.
Robert Demarco June 17, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Hey Patrick, there is no reason to get nasty. These are opinions. You seem not to like when people disagree with you. I can assure you that I am not ignorant. I actually read articles and newspapers that are contrary to my leanings so that I know where others come from. I do not understand why Billy Dean's has to be brought into the Smashburger thread. If you want to comment on Billy Dean's, then go to that story and make your comment there. For what its worth, I also believe that it will be overturned on appeal, beacause the idiots that run this town initially approved it. Man, you got me to make a Billy Dean's comment on the Smashburger thread. I guess I don't get it.
Paul June 17, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Can someone order poor Patrick a lapper so he can get on with his life?
rob June 20, 2012 at 07:06 PM
don't feed the trolls
beth landers December 21, 2012 at 02:22 AM
well except for nut job psycho crazy guy,,,i highly recommend you all go and check it out,,it was delicious,,,great service, great food, great time,,,,no problem with parking at all,,,was in and out in under 30 mins and def better than an empty store,,,,good luck to them!!

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