A roast beef joint that had been one of the top go-to spots for Andover residents to get a roast beef fix has closed after nearly 40 years.

A post on Harrison’s Roast Beef’s Facebook page thanked customers and hinted at a new business that would be coming to the location at 80 Chickering Road in North Andover. No one answered multiple phone calls to Harrison’s on Wednesday.

Chongris is an Andover resident and president of Eco Logics Construction. He could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.

Family-owned Harrison’s began serving the North Shore-famous roast beef sandwiches in 1984. Since Kelly’s Roast Beef “invented” the sandwich in 1951, dozens of restaurants serving their take on the regional delicacy have popped up on the North Shore and in the Merrimack Valley and southern New Hampshire.

Writing in Edible in 2019, the food scientist Kelsey Tenney noted the places that get mentioned most frequently in the argument about who makes the best roast beef sandwich tend to use Cain’s Extra Heavy Mayo and James River barbecue sauce, and the single slice of white American cheese that is standard on a three-way is placed on the bottom bun, underneath the roast beef so it doesn’t slide off.

Photo of Harrison’s “three-way” roast beef sandwich (Dave Copeland/Andover News)

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