In horrid news for roast beef fans, a Los Angeles-based concept specializing in shaved roast beef sandwiches has closed. Top Round, which had a restaurant at the Toyota Music Factory in Irving for just over a year, has closed up shop, effective March 1.
Employees were spotted clearing out the location on March 2, and a spokesperson for Toyota Music Factory confirmed that the restaurant had split, and rather abruptly at that, saying "it was news to us, too."
Top Round was founded in Los Angeles in 2013 by chef Steven Fretz and partners Anthony Carron, Noah Ellis, and Jamie Tiampo as a concept serving chef-driven fast food, with a commitment to all-natural, freshly prepared ingredients at an affordable price.
For roast beef sandwich fans, it was heaven, with options that included beef & cheese, horseradish beef with mushrooms and Provel cheese, beef with horseradish and caraway, and beef Cali with lettuce, tomato, avocado, and ranch.
There were also fried chicken sandwiches and vegetarian options including grilled cheese and a veggie sandwich.
French fries were hand-cut in-house and fried in 100% beef fat, and could be ordered curly, cheesy, "dirty," or with gravy.
They opened the Irving location in February 2018, perhaps buried in what was an onslaught of openings at the new venue.
Had they been located in a busy area with a lot of foot traffic, their good-quality food would probably have been received as a godsend.
But their location at the Toyota Music Factory was slightly off the beaten path, and also lacked the requisite drive-up-and-get-out parking model that walking-phobic Dallas-Fort Worth seems to require for its restaurants to succeed.
Following four successful years in Los Angeles, Top Round began expanding in 2017 with franchises in Dallas, San Francisco, and Louisville.