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Smashburger Rumored For Woodmont Triangle

By Aaron Kraut

Friday - 4/12/2013, 12:12pm  ET

Construction of a two-story bar and restaurant that will feature a rooftop bar at the corner of Cordell and Norfolk Avenues (file photo)A source with knowledge of the bar and restaurant property under construction at the corner of Norfolk and Cordell Avenues says Smashburger, a Denver-based hamburger chain, will fill out the first-floor retail space next to Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins.

Bethesda Urban Partnership director David Dabney told the Woodmont Triangle Action Group today that an unnamed hamburger restaurant is going into the building, which will house a two-story bar and restaurant from Tommy Joe’s owner Alan Pohoryles.

The restaurant, called “Roof,” will include a rooftop bar in the middle of one of Woodmont Triangle’s busiest areas.

Smashburger has more than 200 corporate and franchise restaurants in 29 states and five countries. The only other local location is in Fairfax.

From Smashburger’s website:

 By offering fresh, premium “smashed to order” burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, signature side items and hand-spun Haagen-Dazs shakes, Smashburger has modernized the way people think about burgers.  Known for localizing its menu in every market with regionally inspired burgers and side items and offering local craft beers, Smashburger has received numerous awards including topping Fast Casual’s 2012 Top Mover & Shakers list, America’s Most Promising Company by Forbes magazine, INC. 500’s List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies INC’s #9 Hire Power Award winner, and is regularly voted “best burger’ in cities all around the world.

A typical burger ranges from $4.99 to $6.99. It’s most apparent competition will be the BGR The Burger Joint location in Veterans Park (4827 Fairmont Ave.). Pohoryles has said he hopes to have Roof open by July.