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The Waterman expanding footprint with Cornelius location


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The Waterman has snapped up a prime space in Cornelius.

The neighborhood seafood concept has signed a lease for its second restaurant. It has taken a 4,160-foot-space — previously home to Cowboy restaurant. It will be located at 9615 Bailey Road, making it neighbors with 131 Main.

The goal is for that restaurant to open later this year, says Paul Manley. The timing will depend on renovations to convert the patio into indoor-outdoor space.

“I love that market up there. It’s definitely an area we’ve had our eye on for a while,” he says. “We just think it’s a natural fit for us.”

He and Andrew Chapman are founders and owners of The Waterman, with its original location in South End. Longtime Charlotte restaurateurs Dennis Thompson and Frank Scibelli also have invested in that venture.

“It’s just proven to be a really good brand,” Manley says. “We decided to give another one a shot.”

The Waterman aims to be a neighborhood gathering spot, dishing up everything from seafood fare to burgers. Expect a moderate price point, Manley says.

Seafood selections include the fish n’ chips, the daily fresh catch and whole lobster mac and cheese. There’s the Waterman’s Platter with fried catfish, crispy oysters, fried shrimp and hushpuppies as well as sandwiches such as the classic lobster roll or shrimp po boys.

The concept features a raw bar with ceviche, shrimp cocktail and oysters on the half shell. There’s an oyster happy hour on weekdays that features North Carolina farm-raised oysters from Sea Level. Shareables include chargrilled oysters, crispy calamari and hushpuppies served with brown sugar honey butter.

For those that aren’t seafood fans, options include the fried chicken supper, chicken and waffles, and salads as well as an option to build your own burger and braised chicken tacos.

Scott Alexander with Alexander Property Group represented The Waterman on the Cornelius lease. Phil Corriher with Colliers International represented the landlord.

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