FAIRFIELD — Restaurant 3 offers delicious, fresh Italian cuisine in downtown Fairfield.
The owner Francisco Castillo did not start his activity as a restaurateur. He is a real estate broker and tax preparer in Vallejo.
“I worked in the cafeteria at San Fransisco State University in 1990. After that I got into real estate, but in the back of my mind was the idea of owning a restaurant. “Castillo said.
He got the chance when he met Bruce Hunter and the two decided to partner up and opened Three BBQ in Fairfield. It was meant to be a silent partner, but Hunter died suddenly of a heart attack in 2020, just months after it opened in January.
“It was a tragedy and I ended up owning it,” he said.
Castillo closed the restaurant for a while to reconsider what he wanted for the restaurant.
They opened with a new, smaller menu, introducing Italian dishes with an American twist.
“We also make sandwiches,” he said. “You have to look at your clientele, and we have a lot of people who work at the courthouse coming in.
Castillo claims he got lucky and found the best chef in California — or at least the Bay Area.
“We got great reviews and things happened by word of mouth,” he said.
The restaurant recently reopened after closing and doing a deep clean due to Covid.
The patio is open and Castillo is working on a Harley Room, which will be dedicated to the classic brand of Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
They have 15 draft beers on tap as well as live music on Friday nights.
“I want to do it for the whole weekend,” he said, “but because we’re understaffed, we can’t do it right now.”
They have about eight bands playing regularly, bringing a variety of music from jazz to rock.
Castillo has heard all over town that Fairfield died after 4 p.m. and wants to prove people wrong.
“My goal is to change that idea,” he said.
The patio is welcoming with warm lights in the evening and music to entertain.
“People can come and have a good meal and listen to music,” he said.
Castillo noted that the restaurant also offers on-site catering with capacity for around 70 people.
Address: 721 Texas Street, Fairfield
Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday; 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday