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October 24, 2016

Smashburger speculation; plus Riondo's opens on isle

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Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2014 5:58 pm

I’ll be out of the office on Monday and won’t have a Tuesday Biz Buzz column. So, I thought I would leave you with some small bites of next Thursday’s Buzz.

• Another specialty burger joint plans to bite into the north county/Clear Lake area market.

Smashburger opened its 16th location in Houston this month and a franchisee told bisnow.com he has the Clear Lake area and League City on his radar.

For the uninitiated, the fast-casual restaurant Smashburger is so named because the concept smashes, sears and seasons handcrafted burgers.

• In other dining dish, Riondo’s Ristorante has opened in the island’s downtown.

The eatery, 2328 Strand, offers Italian-inspired cuisine and is in the space formerly occupied by Luigi’s Ristorante Italiano, which closed in December ahead of a move to Houston.

I’ll have more details about both items in next Thursday’s Biz Buzz.

Are you a Smashburger fan? And can anyone out there who has feasted at Riondo's share their thoughts?