Home of one of Charlotte’s best burgers, Ace No. 3 is expanding with new locations in Myers Park and Concord. Expect both to open in early 2021.
The popular burger joint from restaurateurs Paul Manley and Andrew Chapman (Sea Level, The Waterman) opened a year ago in Charlotte’s Belmont neighborhood near Sweet Lew’s BBQ.
Even in a pandemic, Ace No. 3 has been busy.
“The stress test on business that is a pandemic shows the things people gravitate toward during troubled times,” Manley says. “People gravitate toward comfort food.”
That demand is what pushed the Ace team to decide to open two new locations in 2021. Both restaurants will be larger than the Belmont Avenue location, but will feature the same menu and neighborhood hangout vibe with counter service.
Booming burger business: Charlotte’s burger scene is booming. In the past month, Harriet’s Hamburgers and Blacow Burgers have opened in Optimist Hall and South End respectively. Both have already landed on the Agenda’s best burger list along with Ace No. 3’s “The Ace” burger.
Myers Park location: Ace will open in a former Boston Market at 829 Providence Road.
Concord location: This location in Concord Mills takes over the former Foster’s Grille spot at 8520 Pit Stop Court. N.W., Ste. 10.
Menu: Ace No. 3’s menu is simple and centered on its signature “The Ace” burger ($8.65) with two patties, American cheese, onions, pickles, and “comeback” sauce on a toasted potato bun. You can also opt for a build-your-own burger or cheeseburger. Or order one of three sandwiches: grilled cheese ($3.95); bacon, egg, and cheese on a bun ($5.95); and fried bologna sandwich ($8.65).
Fries ($2.95), sweet potato tots ($3.59), and onion rings ($3.59) are add-ons.
“It’s actually quite hard to create a concept this simple,” Manley told the Agenda when he first opened Ace No. 3 in 2019. “Every single item you use and every process you do has to have meaning and impact.”
Desserts: During the first two months of quarantine, I lived a few blocks from Ace so a burger and milkshake were my ultimate stress-relief treat. A classic vanilla milkshake ($4.99) was my go-to, but there’s also chocolate, swirl, or strawberry. Ace also sells soft serve ice cream ($2.79) and crispy treats ($1.95).