The owners of Sea Level NC and The Waterman Fish Bar, Andrew Chapman and Paul Manley, are bringing their third restaurant concept, Ace No. 3, to the Belmont neighborhood this October.
No. 3 will be a casual counter-style burger joint serving up burgers, shakes and a rotating selection of canned craft beers.
“The menu will be incredibly simple. Our house burger is inspired by a childhood memory of a good burger that’s cooked really well — perfectly grilled and seasoned on the flattop with a toasted bun, American cheese and comeback sauce that’ll make you want more,” Chapman said.
Chapman believes the simplicity of the concept and the menu will help make No. 3 a staple in the Belmont neighborhood.
“There are some pretty solid burger options in this city, but we are really focused on competing with ourselves. There’s something special in simplicity, and as long as we are on top of our game, we think people will come see us,” Chapman said.
No. 3 will be located in the building that previously housed Siggy’s Good Food until it closed in June. Owner Siggy Sollitto, who appeared as a contestant on the TV show “Chopped” in 2010, planned to pursue other interests, including fashion design and real estate.
Manley and Chapman are looking forward to bringing new life to this building, which is located across the street from Sweet Lew’s BBQ.
“We’ll be piggy backing off of Siggy’s hard work to get this building restaurant-ready. We are also looking forward to joining Sweet Lew, who has really pioneered this area,” Chapman said.
Sweet Lew owners Laura Grice and Lewis Donald converted an old gas station and car repair center into a neighborhood lunch and dinner spot — closed only on Mondays. It serves wood-smoked Lexington-style chopped barbecue and Alabama Chicken, marinated with house-made pickle juice brine, house-made dry rub and Alabama white sauce.
1001 Belmont Ave.