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Smashburger among Forbes’ Top 10 promising companies

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Elvis Presley minister Brendan Paul officiates the wedding of Bryan Porter and Darlene Hielscher, the first couple to marry in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2013 — or 11/12/13 — at Smashburger.

Just months after local favorite Smashburger opened its eighth restaurant in Southern Nevada, the rapidly expanding burger chain (and sometimes wedding chapel) has been named one of America’s Most Promising Companies by Forbes.

Smashburger placed sixth on the annual list, now in its third year, which recognizes the Top 100 privately held, high-growth companies with innovative business models and management teams, as well as noteworthy customers and investors.

Other companies on the list include tablet maker Fuhu, mobile ad company AirPush, juice maker Suja, software company Evolent Health and lending website Lending Club, all of whom ranked first through fifth, respectively.

The burger franchise previously ranked first on the inaugural list in 2012 and did not apply for consideration for last year’s ranking.

“2013 was another strong year for Smashburger, and we are thrilled to be a part of Forbes’ annual list once again this year,” said Smashburger CEO Scott Crane. “We are extremely proud to be distinguished again as one of the nation’s Top 10 most-promising companies.

“The fast-casual industry has clearly resonated with the American consumer, and we are pleased to be recognized as the only fast-casual player on this list.”

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