Natick — The Natick Planning Board approved plans for a Smashburger restaurant on Wednesday.
The Natick restaurant will be owned by Savin Foods USA. Company president Robert Savin said he hoped the restaurant would be open the first week of November on 1298 Worcester St.
The chain embraces the so-called “fast-casual” model adopted by restaurants such as Five Guys Burgers And Fries, Chipotle, and Panera.
The Denver-based “smashed to order” burger company started in 2007, according to the chain’s website.
There are 210 corporate and franchise restaurants in 29 states. The company localized its menu with regionally inspired burgers, side items and local craft beers, according to its website.
Burger toppings include avocado, truffle mayo, and fried egg, in addition to traditional toppings such as bacon, ketchup, and onion. Salads, fries, Haagen-Dazs milkshakes are also menu items, according to the website.
Natick Community Development Director Patrick Reffett jokingly suggested Smashburger have late night hours, telling the applicants, “I’m still searching for a restaurant to be open after these infernal planning board meetings are over,” Reffett said.