Alpha Mode: With the Owners of Sidewall Pizza


Upstate Business Journal is pleased to present the second installment of Alpha Mode, its new, digital feature that appears the first Friday of each month on, in partnership QLI International LLC (

This month’s Alpha Mode, “Conversations with Next-Level Leaders,” features Andy O’Mara and Loren Frant, owners of Sidewall Pizza Company. They opened their first Sidewall location in Travelers Rest in January 2015. A downtown Greenville location opened in 2016, and a Pelham Road location followed in 2017. They also recently opened Rocket Surgery, a craft cocktail bar, in Travelers Rest. They will be adding Monkey Wrench Smokehouse, a barbecue restaurant, to Main Street in Travelers Rest early this year.

Before opening Sidewall, neither O’Mara nor Frant had ever worked in a restaurant. Rather, Andy brings over 15 years of entrepreneurship to their restaurant ventures, and Loren brings experience managing large teams, budgets, and projects. Partners in business and partners in life, the couple lives in Travelers Rest with their son and their dog.

Manfred Gollent is an executive business coach with QLI International LLC. This monthly video feature provides insights into building foundations for successful, sustainable businesses in the Upstate. Alpha Mode episodes feature small business owners, restaurateurs, retailers, and a diverse group of business professionals.


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