Liberty Burger closed 4 restaurants in 4 cities in North Texas

Liberty Burger has closed restaurants in Frisco, Irving, Fort Worth and Carrollton. The burger company issued a statement saying they cut ties with the franchisee operating those four restaurants.

The company still has restaurants in Allen, Dallas, Richardson and — for anyone out of state — Jackson, Wy.

The Liberty Burgers in Irving and Carrollton, specifically, were short lived. A company press release from several months ago notes their opening dates were in February 2018 and June 2018, respectively.

A statement from co-owner Mariel Street notes that the four Liberty Burgers that closed "did not uphold the integrity of our brand nor did they fulfill their obligations as specified in the signed franchisee contract."

Street's family has deep ties in Dallas restaurants, as her dad, Gene Street, created Black-Eyed Pea. The family is also behind newish Dallas restaurant Street's Fine Chicken as well as longtime restaurants Lucky's and Cool River Cafe.

The original Liberty Burger opened in 2011 at Forest Lane and Inwood Road in Dallas. The owners pride themselves on selling simple burgers — mostly beef, which is to be expected, but also chicken, bison, lamb, turkey and tuna burgers. They're selling the trendy Impossible Burger, too: a meatless, vegetarian patty that bleeds like real meat.

A story in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says burger competition at the Fort Worth location was fierce, but reiterates that the company says it closed the four restaurants because of a franchisee issue and not because of the popularity of neighboring restaurants.

"Without consistency, consumers become confused, making it difficult for Liberty Burger to ensure that the quality of our brand is maintained," Street says in a statement.

In 2014, when our restaurant critic picked some of the city's best burgers, Liberty Burger made the list. (And notably, some of the current franchised locations were not open at the time.) Critic Leslie Brenner wrote back in 2014 that Liberty Burger, "has blossomed into a local mini-chain, but quality has not suffered as a result; in fact the burgers I've sampled lately were even better than they were in the beginning." It made our list of 15 essential burger joints in Dallas-Fort Worth in 2018.

For anyone following along closely, it's been a bummer of a month for restaurant closures. Among them: Two restaurants on Greenville Avenue — Don Chingon and Yucatan Taco Stand; a Mexican restaurant in Wylie due to fire; Stephan Pyles' Stampede 66 in Dallas; Betty Ringer Ice Cream in West Dallas; a Cafe Express; 11 Taco Buenos; and a chefs' kitchen called Pilotworks.

The Liberty Burgers that have closed were located at 3685 Star Creek, at The Star in Frisco; 3341 Regent Boulevard in Irving; 3450 E. Hebron Parkway in Carrollton; and 8917 N. Freeway Service Road East in Fort Worth.


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