Three local Smashburgers, which have been closed since September after the franchisee failed to pay state taxes, will be reopened under corporate ownership.

Three local Smashburgers, which have been closed since September after the franchisee failed to pay state taxes, will be reopened under corporate ownership.

"Our passionate fans have been posting on social media, emailing and calling us to ask when we would reopen, and we couldn't be more excited to announce this news," Scott Crane, president and CEO of the company, said in a prepared statement. "In fact, we have identified four to five additional communities for potential Smashburger growth in the Columbus market."

The three restaurants will be reopened on the following dates: Jan. 20, Westerville Square, Westerville; Feb. 3, 109 N. Hamilton Road, Gahanna; and Feb. 16, 8715 Owenfield Drive, Lewis Center.

Smashburger, which entered the Columbus market in 2013, will celebrate the reopening of its local stores with events and giveaways, Crane said.

The local stores previously were owned by Venture53 Restaurants. The restaurants were closed when the state pulled its vendors license for nonpayment of state taxes.