Reader: When does the fast-casual burger market reach its saturation point?

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Big burger at Big Smoke Burger.
Big Smoke Burger opened yesterday in Glendale's City Set project, the first U.S. location of a Canada-based firm. Founder Cameron Tune sees lots of promise in Denver's "immature" burger market. But is there room on the grill?

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Says TheJeff:

So when does the fast-casual burger market reach its saturation point? Between multiple locations of Smashburger, LarkBurger, and Five Guys, it feels pretty well covered. If you add in those "one and two off" joints like Juicy Burger, Park Burger, and H Burger and all of the chains from other communities that are dipping a toe in the Denver market (Freddies, Culver's, Steak 'n Shake), it feels pretty well covered.
Is there room in the Denver market for Big Smoke Burger? What's your favorite fast-casual burger joint in town?


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650 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO

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neiladammckenzie
neiladammckenzie

Plenty of room left for a great burger place to come in. Most burger places are terrible with only a handful putting out a decent burger. Five guys and steak and shake suffer because they are not from this region orginally. Which makes the quality very difficult to control.

Larkburger is the best so called fast casual burger hands down.

It will be interesting to see how Big Smoke does against them.

Ellen Kessler
Ellen Kessler

What we need are more vegan/vegetarian restaurants in Denver, and not this cruel crap.

TheJeff
TheJeff

So when does the fast-casual burger market reach its saturation point?  Between multiple locations of Smashburger, LarkBurger, and Five Guys, it feels pretty well covered.  If you add in those "one and two off" joints like Juicy Burger, Park Burger, and H Burger and all of the chains from other communities that are dipping a toe in the Denver market (Freddies, Culver's, Steak 'n Shake), it feels pretty well covered.

TheJeff
TheJeff

@neiladammckenzie My favorite in this fast-casual category was the local Old School Burger micro-chain.  It was a top-notch In-N-Out knockoff with spots in Aurora and Parker.  I was really bummed when they disappeared a couple of years ago.


If not being from this region originally is a threat to quality, Big Smoke may struggle.  They're based in Toronto.  I wish them well though, and I'm looking forward to giving it a try in the next couple of weeks.

domgess
domgess

@Ellen Kessler I second that.  This town is over-saturated with burger joints that offer no difference from each other.  When 20% of the population here is vegetarian and going gluten-free, who needs this?

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