A former Halls Chophouse bartender is striking out on his own with the Belmont Lounge, a classic bar concept on Upper King Street in the former SIG kitchen supply store location at 511 King.

Mickey Moran has a lifetime of experience in F&B, living and working in San Francisco for 12 years before moving to Charleston and taking a gig at Halls. Currently, he’s working with architect David Thompson to renovate the space.

“The building itself is gorgeous,” says Moran. “It has a pounded tin ceiling, walnut floors, exposed brick. The bar’s going to be built out of walnut too. We’ll have some marble, classic details.”

As for bar and menu offerings, he says the food will include nice cheeses, charcuterie, and sandwiches, which will be served until 2 a.m. for his F&B brethren. He’s still working on his signature drink, but promises a great, affordable wine list along with single malt scotches and small batch bourbon.

The vibe should be appropriately loungey. “The playlist is all gonna be mellow, ambient, lounge kind of stuff” says Moran. “It won’t be a loud place. It will be a place to hang out and talk. But it will be hip and fun.”

He expects to be open by the beginning of November.