If at first a burger joint doesn't succeed, then it's up to another to try again. Joyce Smith of The Kansas City Star is reporting that Smashburger will be taking over the space of the former B:2 A Burger Boutique (860-W N.W. Blue Pkwy.), the scaled-down less-expensive option from the Circle Restaurant Group.
The sister restaurant to Blanc Burgers + Bottles closed in January, which led to a firestorm of comments on Fat City earlier this year about whether Lee's Summit was ready for the concept. According to Smith, the new Smashburger could open at the Summit Fair development as soon as mid-April.
This would be Smashburger's first location in Missouri, although there are already two restaurants in the Kansas City area. Smashburger opened franchises in Overland Park (6551 W. 119th St.) and Olathe (15241 W, 119th St.) last year.
The burger chain, based out of Denver, Colorado, serves burgers, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, fries, haystack onions (thinly sliced crispy onions), shakes, and beer and wine. The smash in Smashburger refers to the patty being "smashed" on the grill. The restaurant's signature fries have rosemary, olive oil and garlic. Smashburger tends to offer specialty options tailored to a region, so burger lovers can expect a KC-themed specials. The Kansas City Smashburger (served at the Overland Park location) features grilled onions, garlic sauteed mushrooms, Swiss cheese, haystack onions and A-1 sauce on an egg bun.
B:2 didn't make it in the Lee's Summit market. How do you think Smashburger will fare?