Top Round, the new-school roast beef sandwich purveyor that many people call an "upgraded" Arby's is moving further up in the world. The concept, which was founded by Steven Fretz (The Church Key), Noah Ellis (Red Medicine), Anthony Carron (800 Degrees), and Jamie Tiampo, is now announcing a nationwide franchise expansion plan offering the concept for potential franchisees in such cities as New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, and Washington D.C.
Occupying a former fast food stand on the corner of La Brea Avenue and San Vicente, the fast-casual eatery specializes in roast beef sandwiches, concretes, and seasoned fries presented in a faux-retro feel. The partners are working with Upside Group Franchise Consulting to coordinate the chef-driven concept and bring it to a franchise level.
Though roast beef sandwiches and their ilk have more a basis in the East Coast, will this be LA's answer to Shake Shack?