Take a Look Inside the New Fast Food Joint Top Round

02.01.18

After five years of stacking sandwiches out in Los Angeles, the fast food restaurant Top Round is reaching to other areas of the States. Among the cities on their list, Dallas is receiving its own outpost with a grand opening today in Irving’s Toyota Music Factory. It’s a fast food restaurant fashioned with Googie architecture—that sleek-but-fun futurist look influenced by the Space and Atomic Ages—and will be serving up slow-roasted roast beef and fried chicken sandwiches, twice-fried curly fries, and frozen custard in addition to a selection of wine and Texan beer. All that, and there’s a separate breakfast menu that runs for a couple of hours each morning with breakfast sandwiches and burritos, plus sides of coffee and tater tots. It’s one thing to maintain consistency and care when expanding a new fast food chain, but it’s a whole other ball game when coming to a state that’s known for its beef. It’s all in the people of Texas’ hands now to say yay or nay. The now-franchise’s founding partners have teamed up with local franchisee Jason Napolitan to build this 2,400 square-foot space that hosts 80 seats across the outdoor patio and inside. It’s more than enough space for their grand opening party, which will be host to a rockabilly band and a High Striker carnival game. Dallas’ new Top Round outpost comes from veterans of LA—Anthony Carron, Noah Ellis, Steven Fretz, Jamie Tiampo, and Saukok Tiampo—and that’s saying a lot, considering LA’s a city known to be competitive when considering its sheer wealth of food. Expect to find co-founder and head Top Round chef Fretz on site for the opening party. Fretz was working in LA (Michael Mina’s XIV, Church Key) and San Francisco (Fifth Floor) restaurants before joining the enterprise full time.

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