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VIDEO: Smashburger's success, growth plans


Smashburger, the better burger chain making a run at segment leader Five Guys Burgers & Fries, grew its restaurant base by 55 percent in 2011, and isn’t looking to slow down.

Currently at about 140 restaurants, Smashburger chief executive Dave Prokupek said the chain is looking to hit close to 300 locations during the next two years.

Prokupek sat down with Nation’s Restaurant News at the recent ICR XChange conference to discuss growth, an unlikely rival in the quick-service segment, and pricing plans that call for a never-changing $4.99 burger — even in a market as expensive as New York.

More exclusive video interviews from the ICR XChange:
• Analyst Nicole Miller Regan, PiperJarray
• Analyst Andy Barish, Jefferies

NRN.com will be airing additional video interviews from the ICR XChange, including looks at Caribou Coffee, Denny’s, Boloco and others.

Contact Sarah Lockyer at [email protected]
Follow her on Twitter: @slockyerNRN


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Years ago my beautiful wife and I were talking at church when she said “we ought to get some chickens”.

No lie, a minute later someone walked by and said, “do any of you want some chickens?”

Shocked and excited we had to say, “YES! BUT (and that’s a BIG but) we knew nothing about raising chickens.

How hard could it be, right?

That night we put our 4 adult chickens (affectionately called Uno, Dos, Tres and Cuatro, in honor of our recent stint in Honduras) into a vacant horse stall.

Tragedy struck yours truly (aka the uninformed and ill-prepared wanna-be chicken man).

Tres and Cuatro flew the “coop” within the first hour, as we underestimated their flying ability.

I chased them, but had no idea how to actually catch a chicken.

Doubts set it. Maybe growing our own chickens wasn’t for us.

However, we trudged on and more chickens joined the ranks of Uno and Dos.

Sadly, everyone soon found their way to “chicken heaven” by hungry predators.

Determined, I put massive (perhaps ungodly) amounts of effort, time and money into raising chicken…and something surprising happened.

I got good (real good) at raising my own chicken and eggs.

  • Successfully Raised 100’s of birds.
  • Learned how to cut feed costs 100%.
  • Build my own mobile chicken coops.
  • Had my chicken do (almost) all my gardening.
  • Set up fool proof predator protection.
  • And much more!

If you don’t know what you’re doing, the road to success can be overwhelmingly difficult (and expensive).

But you don’t have to learn the hard way.

Raising chickens can be easy (if you have the right help).

I learned through books and hard knocks but longed for something better.

If only I had someone I could trust to help me in a more “personal” manner. And, if I could have only seen some of the stuff in action (on video).

Well, I’ve created something special to help others learn. This is something I wish I would have had, but didn’t exist.

I’ve released a four part Video Series covering THE most crucial elements of raising chickens: Why Chickens (with Joel Salatin), Easily Get started and DIY mobile coops.


Want to grow your own eggs?

Get a video tutorial and step by step instructions to get started raising your chickens.

DIY Mobile Chicken Coops

Get the step by step plans (with photos) for building your own chicken tractor or ChickShaw.

Humanely Butcher

Learn the steps to harvest your own birds with a video tutorial and printable instructions.

Years ago my beautiful wife and I were talking at church when she said “we ought to get some chickens”.

No lie, a minute later someone walked by and said, “do any of you want some chickens?”

Shocked and excited we had to say, “YES! BUT (and that’s a BIG but) we knew nothing about raising chickens.

How hard could it be, right?

That night we put our 4 adult chickens (affectionately called Uno, Dos, Tres and Cuatro, in honor of our recent stint in Honduras) into a vacant horse stall.

Tragedy struck yours truly (aka the uninformed and ill-prepared wanna-be chicken man).

Tres and Cuatro flew the “coop” within the first hour, as we underestimated their flying ability.

I chased them, but had no idea how to actually catch a chicken.

Doubts set it. Maybe growing our own chickens wasn’t for us.

However, we trudged on and more chickens joined the ranks of Uno and Dos.

Sadly, everyone soon found their way to “chicken heaven” by hungry predators.

Determined, I put massive (perhaps ungodly) amounts of effort, time and money into raising chicken…and something surprising happened.

I got good (real good) at raising my own chicken and eggs.

  • Successfully Raised 100’s of birds.
  • Learned how to cut feed costs 100%.
  • Build my own mobile chicken coops.
  • Had my chicken do (almost) all my gardening.
  • Set up fool proof predator protection.
  • And much more!

If you don’t know what you’re doing, the road to success can be overwhelmingly difficult (and expensive).

But you don’t have to learn the hard way.

Raising chickens can be easy (if you have the right help).

I learned through books and hard knocks but longed for something better.

If only I had someone I could trust to help me in a more “personal” manner. And, if I could have only seen some of the stuff in action (on video).

Well, I’ve created something special to help others learn. This is something I wish I would have had, but didn’t exist.

I’ve released a four part Video Series covering THE most crucial elements of raising chickens: Why Chickens (with Joel Salatin), Easily Get started and DIY mobile coops.


Want to grow your own eggs?

Get a video tutorial and step by step instructions to get started raising your chickens.

DIY Mobile Chicken Coops

Get the step by step plans (with photos) for building your own chicken tractor or ChickShaw.

Humanely Butcher

Learn the steps to harvest your own birds with a video tutorial and printable instructions.

Years ago my beautiful wife and I were talking at church when she said “we ought to get some chickens”.

No lie, a minute later someone walked by and said, “do any of you want some chickens?”

Shocked and excited we had to say, “YES! BUT (and that’s a BIG but) we knew nothing about raising chickens.

How hard could it be, right?

That night we put our 4 adult chickens (affectionately called Uno, Dos, Tres and Cuatro, in honor of our recent stint in Honduras) into a vacant horse stall.

Tragedy struck yours truly (aka the uninformed and ill-prepared wanna-be chicken man).

Tres and Cuatro flew the “coop” within the first hour, as we underestimated their flying ability.

I chased them, but had no idea how to actually catch a chicken.

Doubts set it. Maybe growing our own chickens wasn’t for us.

However, we trudged on and more chickens joined the ranks of Uno and Dos.

Sadly, everyone soon found their way to “chicken heaven” by hungry predators.

Determined, I put massive (perhaps ungodly) amounts of effort, time and money into raising chicken…and something surprising happened.

I got good (real good) at raising my own chicken and eggs.

  • Successfully Raised 100’s of birds.
  • Learned how to cut feed costs 100%.
  • Build my own mobile chicken coops.
  • Had my chicken do (almost) all my gardening.
  • Set up fool proof predator protection.
  • And much more!

If you don’t know what you’re doing, the road to success can be overwhelmingly difficult (and expensive).

But you don’t have to learn the hard way.

Raising chickens can be easy (if you have the right help).

I learned through books and hard knocks but longed for something better.

If only I had someone I could trust to help me in a more “personal” manner. And, if I could have only seen some of the stuff in action (on video).

Well, I’ve created something special to help others learn. This is something I wish I would have had, but didn’t exist.

I’ve released a four part Video Series covering THE most crucial elements of raising chickens: Why Chickens (with Joel Salatin), Easily Get started and DIY mobile coops.


Want to grow your own eggs?

Get a video tutorial and step by step instructions to get started raising your chickens.

DIY Mobile Chicken Coops

Get the step by step plans (with photos) for building your own chicken tractor or ChickShaw.

Humanely Butcher

Learn the steps to harvest your own birds with a video tutorial and printable instructions.

Years ago my beautiful wife and I were talking at church when she said “we ought to get some chickens”.

No lie, a minute later someone walked by and said, “do any of you want some chickens?”

Shocked and excited we had to say, “YES! BUT (and that’s a BIG but) we knew nothing about raising chickens.

How hard could it be, right?

That night we put our 4 adult chickens (affectionately called Uno, Dos, Tres and Cuatro, in honor of our recent stint in Honduras) into a vacant horse stall.

Tragedy struck yours truly (aka the uninformed and ill-prepared wanna-be chicken man).

Tres and Cuatro flew the “coop” within the first hour, as we underestimated their flying ability.

I chased them, but had no idea how to actually catch a chicken.

Doubts set it. Maybe growing our own chickens wasn’t for us.

However, we trudged on and more chickens joined the ranks of Uno and Dos.

Sadly, everyone soon found their way to “chicken heaven” by hungry predators.

Determined, I put massive (perhaps ungodly) amounts of effort, time and money into raising chicken…and something surprising happened.

I got good (real good) at raising my own chicken and eggs.

  • Successfully Raised 100’s of birds.
  • Learned how to cut feed costs 100%.
  • Build my own mobile chicken coops.
  • Had my chicken do (almost) all my gardening.
  • Set up fool proof predator protection.
  • And much more!

If you don’t know what you’re doing, the road to success can be overwhelmingly difficult (and expensive).

But you don’t have to learn the hard way.

Raising chickens can be easy (if you have the right help).

I learned through books and hard knocks but longed for something better.

If only I had someone I could trust to help me in a more “personal” manner. And, if I could have only seen some of the stuff in action (on video).

Well, I’ve created something special to help others learn. This is something I wish I would have had, but didn’t exist.

I’ve released a four part Video Series covering THE most crucial elements of raising chickens: Why Chickens (with Joel Salatin), Easily Get started and DIY mobile coops.


Want to grow your own eggs?

Get a video tutorial and step by step instructions to get started raising your chickens.

DIY Mobile Chicken Coops

Get the step by step plans (with photos) for building your own chicken tractor or ChickShaw.

Humanely Butcher

Learn the steps to harvest your own birds with a video tutorial and printable instructions.

Years ago my beautiful wife and I were talking at church when she said “we ought to get some chickens”.

No lie, a minute later someone walked by and said, “do any of you want some chickens?”

Shocked and excited we had to say, “YES! BUT (and that’s a BIG but) we knew nothing about raising chickens.

How hard could it be, right?

That night we put our 4 adult chickens (affectionately called Uno, Dos, Tres and Cuatro, in honor of our recent stint in Honduras) into a vacant horse stall.

Tragedy struck yours truly (aka the uninformed and ill-prepared wanna-be chicken man).

Tres and Cuatro flew the “coop” within the first hour, as we underestimated their flying ability.

I chased them, but had no idea how to actually catch a chicken.

Doubts set it. Maybe growing our own chickens wasn’t for us.

However, we trudged on and more chickens joined the ranks of Uno and Dos.

Sadly, everyone soon found their way to “chicken heaven” by hungry predators.

Determined, I put massive (perhaps ungodly) amounts of effort, time and money into raising chicken…and something surprising happened.

I got good (real good) at raising my own chicken and eggs.

  • Successfully Raised 100’s of birds.
  • Learned how to cut feed costs 100%.
  • Build my own mobile chicken coops.
  • Had my chicken do (almost) all my gardening.
  • Set up fool proof predator protection.
  • And much more!

If you don’t know what you’re doing, the road to success can be overwhelmingly difficult (and expensive).

But you don’t have to learn the hard way.

Raising chickens can be easy (if you have the right help).

I learned through books and hard knocks but longed for something better.

If only I had someone I could trust to help me in a more “personal” manner. And, if I could have only seen some of the stuff in action (on video).

Well, I’ve created something special to help others learn. This is something I wish I would have had, but didn’t exist.

I’ve released a four part Video Series covering THE most crucial elements of raising chickens: Why Chickens (with Joel Salatin), Easily Get started and DIY mobile coops.


Want to grow your own eggs?

Get a video tutorial and step by step instructions to get started raising your chickens.

DIY Mobile Chicken Coops

Get the step by step plans (with photos) for building your own chicken tractor or ChickShaw.

Humanely Butcher

Learn the steps to harvest your own birds with a video tutorial and printable instructions.

Years ago my beautiful wife and I were talking at church when she said “we ought to get some chickens”.

No lie, a minute later someone walked by and said, “do any of you want some chickens?”

Shocked and excited we had to say, “YES! BUT (and that’s a BIG but) we knew nothing about raising chickens.

How hard could it be, right?

That night we put our 4 adult chickens (affectionately called Uno, Dos, Tres and Cuatro, in honor of our recent stint in Honduras) into a vacant horse stall.

Tragedy struck yours truly (aka the uninformed and ill-prepared wanna-be chicken man).

Tres and Cuatro flew the “coop” within the first hour, as we underestimated their flying ability.

I chased them, but had no idea how to actually catch a chicken.

Doubts set it. Maybe growing our own chickens wasn’t for us.

However, we trudged on and more chickens joined the ranks of Uno and Dos.

Sadly, everyone soon found their way to “chicken heaven” by hungry predators.

Determined, I put massive (perhaps ungodly) amounts of effort, time and money into raising chicken…and something surprising happened.

I got good (real good) at raising my own chicken and eggs.

  • Successfully Raised 100’s of birds.
  • Learned how to cut feed costs 100%.
  • Build my own mobile chicken coops.
  • Had my chicken do (almost) all my gardening.
  • Set up fool proof predator protection.
  • And much more!

If you don’t know what you’re doing, the road to success can be overwhelmingly difficult (and expensive).

But you don’t have to learn the hard way.

Raising chickens can be easy (if you have the right help).

I learned through books and hard knocks but longed for something better.

If only I had someone I could trust to help me in a more “personal” manner. And, if I could have only seen some of the stuff in action (on video).

Well, I’ve created something special to help others learn. This is something I wish I would have had, but didn’t exist.

I’ve released a four part Video Series covering THE most crucial elements of raising chickens: Why Chickens (with Joel Salatin), Easily Get started and DIY mobile coops.


Want to grow your own eggs?

Get a video tutorial and step by step instructions to get started raising your chickens.

DIY Mobile Chicken Coops

Get the step by step plans (with photos) for building your own chicken tractor or ChickShaw.

Humanely Butcher

Learn the steps to harvest your own birds with a video tutorial and printable instructions.

Years ago my beautiful wife and I were talking at church when she said “we ought to get some chickens”.

No lie, a minute later someone walked by and said, “do any of you want some chickens?”

Shocked and excited we had to say, “YES! BUT (and that’s a BIG but) we knew nothing about raising chickens.

How hard could it be, right?

That night we put our 4 adult chickens (affectionately called Uno, Dos, Tres and Cuatro, in honor of our recent stint in Honduras) into a vacant horse stall.

Tragedy struck yours truly (aka the uninformed and ill-prepared wanna-be chicken man).

Tres and Cuatro flew the “coop” within the first hour, as we underestimated their flying ability.

I chased them, but had no idea how to actually catch a chicken.

Doubts set it. Maybe growing our own chickens wasn’t for us.

However, we trudged on and more chickens joined the ranks of Uno and Dos.

Sadly, everyone soon found their way to “chicken heaven” by hungry predators.

Determined, I put massive (perhaps ungodly) amounts of effort, time and money into raising chicken…and something surprising happened.

I got good (real good) at raising my own chicken and eggs.

  • Successfully Raised 100’s of birds.
  • Learned how to cut feed costs 100%.
  • Build my own mobile chicken coops.
  • Had my chicken do (almost) all my gardening.
  • Set up fool proof predator protection.
  • And much more!

If you don’t know what you’re doing, the road to success can be overwhelmingly difficult (and expensive).

But you don’t have to learn the hard way.

Raising chickens can be easy (if you have the right help).

I learned through books and hard knocks but longed for something better.

If only I had someone I could trust to help me in a more “personal” manner. And, if I could have only seen some of the stuff in action (on video).

Well, I’ve created something special to help others learn. This is something I wish I would have had, but didn’t exist.

I’ve released a four part Video Series covering THE most crucial elements of raising chickens: Why Chickens (with Joel Salatin), Easily Get started and DIY mobile coops.


Want to grow your own eggs?

Get a video tutorial and step by step instructions to get started raising your chickens.

DIY Mobile Chicken Coops

Get the step by step plans (with photos) for building your own chicken tractor or ChickShaw.

Humanely Butcher

Learn the steps to harvest your own birds with a video tutorial and printable instructions.

Years ago my beautiful wife and I were talking at church when she said “we ought to get some chickens”.

No lie, a minute later someone walked by and said, “do any of you want some chickens?”

Shocked and excited we had to say, “YES! BUT (and that’s a BIG but) we knew nothing about raising chickens.

How hard could it be, right?

That night we put our 4 adult chickens (affectionately called Uno, Dos, Tres and Cuatro, in honor of our recent stint in Honduras) into a vacant horse stall.

Tragedy struck yours truly (aka the uninformed and ill-prepared wanna-be chicken man).

Tres and Cuatro flew the “coop” within the first hour, as we underestimated their flying ability.

I chased them, but had no idea how to actually catch a chicken.

Doubts set it. Maybe growing our own chickens wasn’t for us.

However, we trudged on and more chickens joined the ranks of Uno and Dos.

Sadly, everyone soon found their way to “chicken heaven” by hungry predators.

Determined, I put massive (perhaps ungodly) amounts of effort, time and money into raising chicken…and something surprising happened.

I got good (real good) at raising my own chicken and eggs.

  • Successfully Raised 100’s of birds.
  • Learned how to cut feed costs 100%.
  • Build my own mobile chicken coops.
  • Had my chicken do (almost) all my gardening.
  • Set up fool proof predator protection.
  • And much more!

If you don’t know what you’re doing, the road to success can be overwhelmingly difficult (and expensive).

But you don’t have to learn the hard way.

Raising chickens can be easy (if you have the right help).

I learned through books and hard knocks but longed for something better.

If only I had someone I could trust to help me in a more “personal” manner. And, if I could have only seen some of the stuff in action (on video).

Well, I’ve created something special to help others learn. This is something I wish I would have had, but didn’t exist.

I’ve released a four part Video Series covering THE most crucial elements of raising chickens: Why Chickens (with Joel Salatin), Easily Get started and DIY mobile coops.


Want to grow your own eggs?

Get a video tutorial and step by step instructions to get started raising your chickens.

DIY Mobile Chicken Coops

Get the step by step plans (with photos) for building your own chicken tractor or ChickShaw.

Humanely Butcher

Learn the steps to harvest your own birds with a video tutorial and printable instructions.

Years ago my beautiful wife and I were talking at church when she said “we ought to get some chickens”.

No lie, a minute later someone walked by and said, “do any of you want some chickens?”

Shocked and excited we had to say, “YES! BUT (and that’s a BIG but) we knew nothing about raising chickens.

How hard could it be, right?

That night we put our 4 adult chickens (affectionately called Uno, Dos, Tres and Cuatro, in honor of our recent stint in Honduras) into a vacant horse stall.

Tragedy struck yours truly (aka the uninformed and ill-prepared wanna-be chicken man).

Tres and Cuatro flew the “coop” within the first hour, as we underestimated their flying ability.

I chased them, but had no idea how to actually catch a chicken.

Doubts set it. Maybe growing our own chickens wasn’t for us.

However, we trudged on and more chickens joined the ranks of Uno and Dos.

Sadly, everyone soon found their way to “chicken heaven” by hungry predators.

Determined, I put massive (perhaps ungodly) amounts of effort, time and money into raising chicken…and something surprising happened.

I got good (real good) at raising my own chicken and eggs.

  • Successfully Raised 100’s of birds.
  • Learned how to cut feed costs 100%.
  • Build my own mobile chicken coops.
  • Had my chicken do (almost) all my gardening.
  • Set up fool proof predator protection.
  • And much more!

If you don’t know what you’re doing, the road to success can be overwhelmingly difficult (and expensive).

But you don’t have to learn the hard way.

Raising chickens can be easy (if you have the right help).

I learned through books and hard knocks but longed for something better.

If only I had someone I could trust to help me in a more “personal” manner. And, if I could have only seen some of the stuff in action (on video).

Well, I’ve created something special to help others learn. This is something I wish I would have had, but didn’t exist.

I’ve released a four part Video Series covering THE most crucial elements of raising chickens: Why Chickens (with Joel Salatin), Easily Get started and DIY mobile coops.


Want to grow your own eggs?

Get a video tutorial and step by step instructions to get started raising your chickens.

DIY Mobile Chicken Coops

Get the step by step plans (with photos) for building your own chicken tractor or ChickShaw.

Humanely Butcher

Learn the steps to harvest your own birds with a video tutorial and printable instructions.

Years ago my beautiful wife and I were talking at church when she said “we ought to get some chickens”.

No lie, a minute later someone walked by and said, “do any of you want some chickens?”

Shocked and excited we had to say, “YES! BUT (and that’s a BIG but) we knew nothing about raising chickens.

How hard could it be, right?

That night we put our 4 adult chickens (affectionately called Uno, Dos, Tres and Cuatro, in honor of our recent stint in Honduras) into a vacant horse stall.

Tragedy struck yours truly (aka the uninformed and ill-prepared wanna-be chicken man).

Tres and Cuatro flew the “coop” within the first hour, as we underestimated their flying ability.

I chased them, but had no idea how to actually catch a chicken.

Doubts set it. Maybe growing our own chickens wasn’t for us.

However, we trudged on and more chickens joined the ranks of Uno and Dos.

Sadly, everyone soon found their way to “chicken heaven” by hungry predators.

Determined, I put massive (perhaps ungodly) amounts of effort, time and money into raising chicken…and something surprising happened.

I got good (real good) at raising my own chicken and eggs.

  • Successfully Raised 100’s of birds.
  • Learned how to cut feed costs 100%.
  • Build my own mobile chicken coops.
  • Had my chicken do (almost) all my gardening.
  • Set up fool proof predator protection.
  • And much more!

If you don’t know what you’re doing, the road to success can be overwhelmingly difficult (and expensive).

But you don’t have to learn the hard way.

Raising chickens can be easy (if you have the right help).

I learned through books and hard knocks but longed for something better.

If only I had someone I could trust to help me in a more “personal” manner. And, if I could have only seen some of the stuff in action (on video).

Well, I’ve created something special to help others learn. This is something I wish I would have had, but didn’t exist.

I’ve released a four part Video Series covering THE most crucial elements of raising chickens: Why Chickens (with Joel Salatin), Easily Get started and DIY mobile coops.