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Smashburger Headed to Monrovia

The burger chain Smashburger will be one of four new tenants in the building that will replace the old Acapulco restaurant.

The burger chain Smashburger has applied for a conditional use permit to serve alcohol at a proposed location in the Huntington Oaks shopping center, the Monrovia Now blog reported Wednesday.

Smashburger would be one of four tenants in a new building that will replace the old Acapulco restaurant and construction should begin in February, Monrovia planning division manager Craig Jimenez told the blog.

Smashburger's mission is built around a unique way of cooking burgers by literally smashing them into the grill.

"Place your order and we spring into action, painting the grill with real butter, adding a dash of our secret spice blend, and smashing the meatball with a tool we invented ourselves...," the chain's website explains. "Smashing caramelizes the beef, creating a sear that locks in the juices as no other cooking method can."

Dan Crandell January 31, 2013 at 03:46 AM
Ed I would even compare it to a Red Robin. What say you?
JustMe January 31, 2013 at 05:16 AM
I'd love to see a Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour come to Monrovia.
Gayle M. Montgomery January 31, 2013 at 02:47 PM
I'd still like to see a Norms come to Monrovia. They converted the old Steak Corral in West Covina to one about a year and a half ago, and they do a buzzing business. The hours are good, and this town doesn't have any full-day coffee shops where people can gather when it is convenient except (ugh) Denny's) on either side of us. The Norms in West Covina is often SRO at the door.
R. Ray Morford January 31, 2013 at 03:12 PM
The City of Monrovia can not keep a Restaurant out of the City just because of Competition. New businesses must comply with our regulations already in place, then a conditional use permit is given.
Jerry Baker January 31, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Which regulations does the City of Monrovia have which surrounding cities do not have?
J. Knight January 31, 2013 at 04:58 PM
Actually, when I think about it, probably just about every restaurant in Monrovia serves hamburgers. Even Big Shrimps serves a fantastic Kobe Beef burger. Clearly hamburgers sell. As long as this is a quality hamburger place, I would welcome it in Monrovia.
sayitisntso January 31, 2013 at 05:08 PM
I would like to see a good Gun Shop in Monrovia again, I miss Carl's Gun Shop. The city would be able to keep the sales tax revenue that is spent elsewhere on the purchase of guns and ammo.
sayitisntso January 31, 2013 at 05:18 PM
I agree the BEST burger in Monrovia is at the Market Grill on Shamrock and Colorado Ave, fresh baked buns and smash type patties with a good grade of beef. Tasty and juicy!
Richard Christy January 31, 2013 at 05:22 PM
I'd like to see a marijuana dispensary come to Monrovia. For the same reasons as sayitisntso. Pity to see that tax revenue go elsewhere.
J. Knight January 31, 2013 at 05:47 PM
While I respect people's rights to own a gun, this is an ill-timed comment. It feels like every other day there is a news report of someone using a gun to "solve" their problems. I am not quite ready yet to have a cache of guns sold in our city. Would love to see the laws across the country tightened further to help keep guns out of the hands of those who should not possess them, especially the mentally unstable and children.
Heather S. January 31, 2013 at 06:50 PM
This sounds tasty - can't wait to try it.... A book store would be nice...I wish Vroman's would come back
Dan Crandell January 31, 2013 at 06:59 PM
Seems the community isn't allowed to express good thoughts for the happenings in our city without some rebels without a cause putting their useless issues in our faces. Cyrus brings his guns and Christy brings his pot. Freedom of speech, expression and thought is theirs to project to everybody. I'm thinking PIA'S
Kim Hughes January 31, 2013 at 07:56 PM
I agree with Heather--we have to go all the way to the Pasadena Vroman's. It would be nice to have one here. Also, the SmashBurger sounds great! Wish we could also convince Stater Bros. to move here.
sayitisntso January 31, 2013 at 09:03 PM
J. Knight, my rights do not depend on timing. The second amendment does not depend on the anti-gun nuts using every tragedy involving a firearm for their agendas. I see no calls by the anti-gun nuts to ban alcohol when a child is killed or injured by a drunk driver which happens far more often then with a gun.
Ellen Zunino January 31, 2013 at 10:28 PM
I'd love to see anything but another restaurant of any kind in Monrovia. I'm having to drive farther and farther from home for the necessities of life.
Gayle M. Montgomery January 31, 2013 at 11:02 PM
Agreed, J. Knight. Very poorly placed and frankly looking for a fight i think.
Gayle M. Montgomery January 31, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Yeah, but Daniel, if they smoked enough pot, they wouldn't need guns. It would be peace and love. Far out, Man. Richard, give Cyrus a joint. And of course I'm being facetious. Maybe. Maybe just ornery.
Gayle M. Montgomery January 31, 2013 at 11:08 PM
Rereading the article and why they call it Smash Burger, it sounds like they may have once worked at In N Out. Years ago, I took the Dale Carnegie Leadership Course. One of the required talks was instructional. A gal in our class worked for In N Out and told us how to make an In N Out burger. It had to do with smashing them on the grill. By the time she was finished telling us, everybody in that class was salivating.
sayitisntso February 01, 2013 at 01:25 AM
Different process, IN N OUT is pressing pre-formed patties on the grill to flatten them to assure even cooking which also drys them out because it squeezes out the fats and juices..
Richard Christy February 01, 2013 at 01:48 AM
Dan, Why don't you take my suggestion seriously? Dispensaries are legal, why not allow Monrovia to benefit by the great tax revenue that it would bring in?
Ed Delgado February 01, 2013 at 04:18 AM
Dan, I've never actually been to a Red Robin so I can't say one way or another. I have to admit that some of these comments are giving me the urge to try some of these other restaurants. I drive by the Market Grill each week but I've never stopped in!
Ed Delgado February 01, 2013 at 04:24 AM
That's for sure! Barnes & Noble is downsizing so I get the feeling that Vroman's may wind up being the last book store standing! They're kind of like the Southwest Airlines of book stores. That being said, I can't imagine a new bookstore (not a dismal outlet like the defunct Crown Books that was in the mall) opening up here unless the citizens of Monrovia promised to buy at least one book a year. Kind of like the Personal Seat License that the NFL owners demand.
Jill Pyeatt February 01, 2013 at 04:40 AM
That would be great! A good suggestion.
Jill Pyeatt February 01, 2013 at 04:42 AM
Absolutely yes on the marijuana dispensary! Let's show the rest of the San Gabriel Valley that we're the trendsetters here in Monrovia.
Dan Crandell February 01, 2013 at 05:11 AM
Hello Gayle .... I also took that Leadership Course last century. "How to win friends and influence people" Great book that I reference every once in a while. Hay are you still on JD? I was at John Wayne Airport that afternoon when the In N Out CEO"s plane crashed. I saw the plane seconds before it crashed. I knew something was going wrong. Never will I forget that day.
JustMe February 01, 2013 at 08:27 PM
It would also be fun to have more things to do in Monrovia. We've got lots of places to eat, but it'd be nice to have something to do. Some ideas are: ice skating, roller skating, bowling, miniature golf, mini/golf and arcade games, lazer tag, paint ball. There's a SkyZone in West Covina that is an indoor trampoline park. These are just a few ideas, I'm sure there are lots of others.
J. Knight February 02, 2013 at 01:04 AM
Sayitisntso - You are right that they did not ban alcohol due to DUI deaths but they did tighten up the laws. A third DUI is now a felony in almost all states, whether you killed someone or not. And if you do kill someone you are not longer just sent to a holding cell to sober up then released (because it was the alcohol that caused the accident you would not have had if you were sober), you are now tried for involuntary manslaughter. So while alcohol is legal, driving while drunk is not. I think the same tightening of the laws needs to happen with guns. The second amendment was established so that people could protect themselves not so they could have access to guns in order to cut short innocent lives. Something is wrong with gun regulation in this country when we see such horrific gun violence on a regular basis. I am not saying to get rid of guns, I am just saying we need to look at how guns are made available so that we can curtail the gun violence. And finally, yes you have the right to buy guns, but in light of the recent tragedy in Newtown CT, it would have been a kindness to yield expressing your opinion publicly to put in a gun shop.
J. Knight February 02, 2013 at 01:11 AM
Would love to see Vroman's in Monrovia as well. But with the way the brick and mortar bookstores are having a tough time competing, I wonder if Vroman's could support another store in the San Gabriel Valley? Would definitely have to take up Ed on his suggestion.
Bonnie Card February 03, 2013 at 07:25 AM
I agree with JustMe. There is a movie theater....( Which needs new seats by the way) and that's about it. The kids of Monrivia don't have a lot of entertainment options. Lets fix THAT!
R. Ray Morford February 05, 2013 at 01:23 AM
I understand a "Chipolthe" Restaurant may be one of the three Rest. at this location.

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