Tom Ryan earned three degrees, including a Ph.D. in flavor and fragrance chemistry, and spent most of his career at chains such as Pizza Hut and McDonald's before setting out to co-found Smashburger five years ago. More recently, Ryan founded Tom's Urban 24 in Denver, a round-the-clock eatery with a menu full of new takes on familiar comfort foods. "People are looking for comfortable nouns but upscale adjectives. Our new menu items reflect that thinking."
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