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Grillin’ Burgers With A Smash

Dedicating itself to brining freshly made burgers to its customers, Smashburger in New Hyde Park provides gourmet hamburgers, but with a twist.

 

Since its grand opening on Oct. 18, 2013, business at Smashburger has been a smash, says owner Irwin Kruger.

 

“The location has been great for us,” added Kruger. “We have good tenants that surround us. It’s conveniently located on Marcus Avenue, and there’s plenty of parking.”

 

Workers form the beef into meatballs, place them on a hot grill and sear the meat for ten seconds, using a specialized tool to flatten the patty, which sears juices into the burger.

 

“It really locks in all the juices and we get a wonderful caramelized crust that really brings out great flavors in the hamburger,” said Kruger.

 

The Smashburger staff cleans up all the trays and cups for its customers; something customer Joe Pellegrino raves about.

 

Pellegrino is a frequent patron of Smashburger, saying he has eaten at the establishment 20 times. He typically orders the Classic Smash, made with American cheese, Smash sauce, ketchup, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and onion on an egg bun. 

 

Pellegrino likes coming here because the eatery caters to the customer.

 

“The service is great,” he said. “They come over and they cater to your needs. It’s nice.”

 

Smashburger is a “fast-casual” restaurant, meaning that it does not offer full-table service, but provides a better quality of food than a fast-food place. 

 

“Workers cook, prepare the food and deliver it to the table in a six-minute time-frame,” said Kruger.

 

Smashburger offers hamburgers and grilled chicken sandwiches that come on four different types of buns. Customers have a choice of choosing between an egg bun, a spicy chipotle bun, a brioche bun, and a multi-grain bun. 

 

“I think that we have the best variety and best selection of hamburgers,” said Kruger.

 

This burger joint provides seven different cheese options, as well as a selection of burger toppings that include applewood smoked bacon, fried egg, avocado, guacamole, and sautéed portobello mushrooms.

 

A soon-to-be new addition to the Smashburger menu will be hot dogs, which Kruger expects to be a popular item. Customers can choose between a chili cheese dog, a classic dog, and a Long Island dog, which is topped with sauerkraut, grilled onions and mustard.

 

The next step for Smashburger in New Hyde Park will be implementing online ordering for its customers, which will make the ordering process that much easier. All customers need to do is to visit Smashburger.com to place their order.

 

Smashburger,  a Denver-based company, and first opened in Glendale, Colorado back in 2007.  There are about 270 stores in the United States, and also operates internationally with stores in Canada, South America, and Kuwait.

 

Kruger plans to open up more franchises across Long Island. He is currently waiting on plans to begin to open up a Smashburger in Lindenhurst, and is also looking at locations in East Northport, Smith Haven and Queens.


News

School spirit was at an all-time high when community members joined students, administrators, faculty and staff for Sewanhaka High School’s annual homecoming parade and game.

 

The festivities kicked off with a Pep Rally on Sept. 19 on the school’s athletic field and continued on Sept. 20 with a parade that featured colorful banners and beautifully constructed floats based on this year’s “countries” theme. 

The Sewanhaka Central High School District selected Brentwood-based Park East Construction as its bond construction management firm last week. The group will oversee the $86.6 million in improvements coming to the district. Park East will analyze school architect Wiedersum Associates’ plans before applying for New York State Education Department approval.

 

“They are going to make sure the [firms that win district contracts] do the work right,” District Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie said. “They’re going to make sure [the engineer’s] drawings are right before they are sent up to New York State. [Park East] reports directly to the architect and the Board of Education to make sure what we say we’re going to do is done well.”


Sports

The Hicksville boys volleyball team improved to 3-3 on the season by topping Sewanhaka in three sets by the scores of 25-14, 25-20 and 25-13. 

 

“We lost the first few matches this year but bounced back to win the last three,” said Hicksville’s second year Head Coach Kevin Bunting. “We have a young team—we lost three starters last year. We have no seniors on this team, but we have three juniors,” he added. Bunting noted that it will bode well for next year’s team when they have even more experience to build on.

Seniors Daniella Ford and Margie Londono highlight a Sewanhaka Indians girls soccer team vying for its second straight winning season. 

 

Ford, who is in her fourth season as starting goalie for the Indians, netted a season-high 24 saves in a 3-1 loss to Valley Stream Central. 

 

“She’s a stud back there,” said Sewanhaka third-year coach Eric Premisler, whose team is 0-3 as of press time, after going 8-3-1 last season. “If we can stop a team from taking five shots because of good defense, Daniella is going to stop another 15 shots. And we’re going to have a chance to win every game.”


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - October 1

Silver Sneaker Fitness - October 2

Live Music - October 3


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