Top Round Roast Beef is opening on 24th Street
A franchise of roast beef sandwich restaurant Top Round Roast Beef is moving into the historic and highly recognizable Discolandia Records space on 24th Street. Top Round, which is known for a menu of frozen custard, curly fries that are fried in beef fat, and roast beef sandwiches topped with homemade “cheese wizz,” is expected to open late this month. The last occupant of the space at 2962 24th Street, Pig and Pie, closed last summer. And good news for preservationist and fans of the orange Discolandia sign: After Top Round initially painted it white, the franchise plans to repaint the sign in its original orange and black colors.
Lucky 13 site and condo plans are now for sale
Plans to demolish the beloved Market Street dive bar Lucky 13 and replace it with condos have been moving forward, but it turns out the current owner, rather than breaking ground on the site themselves, are selling the land and the approved plans for $9.75 million so that someone else can put in the work — and the money — instead. What this means for Lucky 13 is a matter of speculation.
Polk Street’s Buffalo Theory turns one
Beer bar and restaurant Buffalo Theory is celebrating its first year at 1735 Polk Street this week. From 5 to 7 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, they’ll pass around free appetizers, and on Thursday they’re celebrating with a sour beer night from Sudwerk. What’s with the name? Buffalo Theory references a proposal on the bar-centric sitcom Cheers that alcohol is a Darwinian force for good, killing off weak brain cells so the strong ones that survive can move faster. We’ll have to check back in on that in a couple more years.
Key Impossible Burger ingredient questioned
The Impossible Burger’s soy leghemoglobin — a substance found in the roots of soy plants that provides the faux beef’s “bloody” taste — is legal to sell, and the FDA isn’t saying not to eat it. But according to the New York Times, the federal agency wouldn’t provide Impossible Foods its seal of approval when the company asked it to do so. “FDA believes the arguments presented, individually and collectively, do not establish the safety of soy leghemoglobin for consumption,” the agency told Impossible Foods, “nor do they point to a general recognition of safety.” The Impossible Burger maker has plans to resubmit its petition to the agency.