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CEO Nolan Is Smashburger’s Latest Casualty

The Smashburger franchised hamburger chain has appointed its chief brand officer Thomas Ryan as its new CEO and president, following former CEO Michael Nolan's abrupt departure Tuesday.

As Smashburger CEO Crane Leaves, Long Live Chief Nolan

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Smashburger new CEO Michael Nolan

DENVER—In an email on Friday to employees and franchisees, Smashburger announced that its CEO, Scott Crane, was immediately leaving the company. Three working days later, yesterday, the franchisor of better burger restaurants announced it had appointed a replacement – industry veteran Michael Nolan.

CEO Explains Purchase of 40% of Smashburger by Asia-Based Company

Jollibee fast food. photo by Pualani
Jollibee in Iwilei area of Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo by Pualani Jensen.

It is not often that we in the U.S. hear about a Filipino company buying a large chunk of an American company. Manila-based Jollibee Food Corporations, a fast-growing owner of Asian restaurant chains, and the buyer of 40 percent of Smashburger, is paying a cool $100 million for its stake.

Mohegan Tribe Enters Agreement with Smashburger for 16 Stores

The Mohegan Indian Tribe is throwing its hat into the “better burger” arena by signing an agreement with Denver-based Smashburger to open 16 locations in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Quiznos' Attorney Shows Lack of Transparency in Settlement

On the day Quiznos filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, outside counsel Fredric ‘Ric’ Cohen declared to a popular magazine for franchising readers, “Vindication. It’s vindication,” seeming to say that his client was exonerated in settling the last 13 franchisee lawsuits.

Schaden Says Smashburger Fills Dire Need for Better Burger in US

Rick Schaden, founder and owner of Smashburger Master, LLC recently told Bloomberg that his hamburger chain was born out of the idea that Americans are not satisfied with what other chains have to offer.

Smashburger to Spotlight "Smashing" Technique on Television

While fast-growing Smashburger seems to be doing well without television advertisements, hitting 208 restaurants in the last six years, the Denver-based company is now ready to promote its success to a broader audience.

Schaden Launches Honest Pizza as His Latest Concept

Despite recent litigation woes and failures with past concepts, Rick Schaden, under his Consumer Capital Partners, is now launching yet another concept.

Better Burgers Still Sizzle

Burgers being prepared in a New York Five Guys Burgers and Fries
A busy Five Guys Burgers and Fries outside of New York City

CHICAGO — The limited-service burger segment is the largest menu segment by revenue in the restaurant industry.

Dairy Cheer Head on the Lam after Cutting Deal with Smashburger

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LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. – Dairy Cheer franchisor Lou Compton cut a deal with Smashburger executives last year over trademark issues and then skipped town.