Pop musicians The Jonas Brothers might be stopping by Belmont a little more, since their dad, Kevin Sr., plans to open a restaurant there, sometime around the holidays. Nellie’s Southern Kitchen – named for his maternal grandmother – will go into 36 N. Main St. (that’s the planned look, above), with a lunch/dinner menu ranging from fried chicken, biscuits and gravy to shrimp and grits and housemade pastries. The Jonas family says it can trace its N.C. roots to the 1760s, and that family members worked in textile mills in the area from the early 1900s to the late ‘80s, withabout 60 relatives still living in the vicinity.
“When we open Nellie’s Southern Kitchen, it is a way to honor my family but also to re-invest in Belmont,” Jonas said in a press release. “Our hometown is thriving, and we want to help bring more visitors to town. Kevin, Joe and Nick have always loved visiting Belmont and look forward to their continued visits as we open the restaurant.”
The space, about 10,000 square feet, had been home to an antique and consignment shop; the Jonas family bought it in 2013.