Brant Newton

File photo, Brant Newton and his wife, Jani, at The Double Eagle Grill & Bar 

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In a surprise announcement shared Tuesday, the owners of Double Eagle Grill & Bar in downtown Aberdeen said they planned to close their doors.

“Well folks, we can’t resign another lease because we’re looking for another spot, today will be one of our last lunches, come down and see us! We may be open for lunch tomorrow too,” owner Brant Newton posted on the Double Eagle Facebook page midday.

Newton and his wife, Jani, opened the Double Eagle in early September 2016. At the time, the couple told The Pilot they appreciated the small-town feel and historic ambiance on Sycamore Street.

The couple had previous experience owning and operating several restaurants in the area around Youngstown, Ohio, before settling in Moore County to be closer to family.

The Double Eagle has been a popular addition to the local food scene, consistently ranking No. 1 out of 43 restaurants in Aberdeen by TripAdvisor. The restaurant also garnered a Certificate of Excellence 2018 award from the online resource.

Known especially for its outstanding burger fare, Double Eagle has also placed in the top three finalists in multiple categories for The Pilot’s Best of the Pines awards in 2017 and 2018. This year, the restaurant is competing for honors in five categories including Best Wings, Best Burger, Best Lunch Place, Best Casual Dining, and Best Bar Menu.

The Pilot has attempted to reach Newton and also the property’s owner, McPeake Hotels, for comment.

This is a developing story.

(1) comment

Larry Baucom

Wow! This is a big loss — nothing like it nearby. We’re saddened!

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