Free Smashburger to Anyone with Certain Last Name, CEO Predicts Store Growth Before IPO

May 21, 2013 12:53 PM EDT | By Staff Reporter

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Who doesn't love free food, especially if it's a juicy burger?  In celebration of National Hamburger Day on May 28,Kalamazoo's Smashburger will be offering a free burgers, but the catch is you have to prove you have "burger" or "berger" in your last name.

Owner Jean Henderson said she doesn't know how many people in the area are eligible to take advantage of the special. May is National Burger Month as well. Those eligible must show identification, such as a driver's license, passport or other picture ID. The offer is good for one burger per customer.

Meanwhile Smashburger, a Denver-based burger chain, will expand to about 500 units in the U.S. in the next two to three years and may consider an initial public offering, the company said.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dave Prokupek said a U.S. IPO is "definitely a possibility down the road," according to Bloomberg.

Consumer Capital Partners, also based in Denver, owns Smashburger, as well as restaurants including Tom's Urban 24 and Live Basil Pizza. Smashburger sales will increase as much as 47 percent to $250 million this year from about $170 million in 2012, Prokupek said.

Smashburger, founded in 2007, sells hamburgers and chicken sandwiches, as well as salads and a veggie burger. A "Classic Smash" burger with American cheese is $4.99, while a larger version topped with avocado and bacon is $6.99, according to the company's website.

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