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Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess helps Smashburger employees prepare hamburgers during the restaurant’s grand opening ceremony.
With toppings like applewood smoked bacon, guacamole and garlic mushrooms Murfreesboro’s newest restaurant offers a menu far from the average hamburger.

Touting fresh, never frozen, 100 percent Certified Angus Beef, Smashburger features “juicy burgers that are smashed fresh and served delicious,” according to a press release.

The Denver-based “better burger” restaurant opened its Murfreesboro location near Gigi’s Cupcakes on Thompson Lane  – the first of six locations in Tennessee.

What makes Smashburger so different from other burger joints?

Franchisee Joseph Henry says it’s all about the freshness – and the smash process.

“Everything is made-to-order. We don’t put anything on the grill until you come in, so everything is hot and fresh to order,” Henry said.

Smashburger does not have a drive-thru, but it isn’t quite a full-service restaurant, either.

“It’s about 80 percent of the full-service experience without the full-service price,” he explained. “It’s a fun and modern atmosphere.”

After placing and paying for their orders at the counter, customers are given a number to place on the table of their choice. Smashburger employees then bring food to the table.

The Murfreesboro Smashburger has a menu created with Southern flavors and tastes in mind, according to a press release. The hallmark of this menu is the Tennessee Smashburger, which features Certified Angus Beef, Jack Daniels barbecue sauce, two slices of American cheese, grilled garlic jalapenos and grilled onions on a toasted bun.

For information, visit smashburger.com or stop by the new restaurant.


Murfreesboro Young Professionals have announced a 2012 partnership with Middle Tennessee Medical Center.

In addition to supporting MYP’s outreach and development, MTMC will also host the organization’s monthly meetings, the organization recently announced.

“MTMC is pleased to partner with a group such as MYP that serves the community and develops its members into strong professionals who will serve as the future leaders of our community,” said Gordon B. Ferguson, president and CEO of MTMC.

Murfreesboro Young Professionals also announced its officers for 2012: Meagan Flippin, chair; Chassen Haynes, past-chair; Clint Marks, chair-elect; John Bragg III, director of membership; Leah Beth Bartley, director of professional development; Stephanie Pruett, director of social programming; Jessica Novak, director of community outreach; Kristen Hampton, director of marketing and communications; Dave Sullivan, director of sports and activities; Jason Jones, treasurer; and Amy Painter, secretary.

Additionally, Chris Day, Melia Jett, Amanda Samsel, Hope Tenpenny, and Robert Warden will serve as Members At-Large.  

Murfreesboro Young Professionals is a membership-driven, nonprofit organization aimed at creating a unique community for professionals to develop personally, professionally and civically by maximizing their individual and collective potential.

For more information about Murfreesboro Young Professionals visit murfreesboroyoungprofessionals.org.
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