The Smash Up burger food truck was started by Matthew Beagan after a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2021 that raised $30,000 in one month. The immense interest of the community inspired Matthew to band together the food truck within 6 months. So, during his sophomore year at Boston University while studying Acting, he organized the kitchen and the business to start up in May 2022.
Matthew had always taken an interest in the "smash" burger. During the spring semester of his senior year in High School, and during March 2020 quarantine, he was working on his senior project which constituted of a business plan of a restaurant. This 18 year old had been working in restaurants for the past 3-4 years so it was a shoe in, it seemed. He would do a business plan of a burger brick and mortar restaurant. Something simple, he thought. With the help of Dick Franyo and Tony Moynagh, two local Annapolis restaurant owners, he banded together a business plan of burgers, fries, and shakes. And with that, he needed product pictures. So after 4 years of trying different recipes, ingredients, and techniques, during May 2020, he perfected his burger.
After his senior project presentation, Matthew hosted a pop up at his house where kids could come and try his burger. The first event was so successful that he went out for the next 3 weeks to serve them. Thus, the idea for the fundraiser was born.
His entire freshman year at BU constituted of researching food businesses and food trucks so that he could prepare enough to run a successful fundraiser. Granted, he had worked in the restaurant business for the past 5 years of his life at Lures Bar & Grille and Boatyard Bar & Grill, but there was still much to learn.
Fast forward to now, 2 years after the senior project, Smash Up Burgers is selling burgers, fries, and soft drinks faster than ever to the Anne Arundel Community in Maryland.