UPDATED: Sidewall Pizza owners opening Rocket Surgery cocktail bar in TR

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Sidewall Pizza owners are opening cocktail bar Rocket Surgery in the space originally intended for a barbecue concept | photo from Sidewall Pizza instagram

On Monday, the owners of Sidewall Pizza announced the identity of their mystery project next to the Tasting Room and Farmhouse Tacos in Travelers Rest, a new cocktail bar called Rocket Surgery.

Located at 164D S. Main St., the new spot will also offer snacks, full meals, and brunch — and the best part is, it will open in two to three weeks, says co-owner Andy O’Mara.

“We’re not long-time chefs,” says O’Mara, who lives within walking distance of downtown TR. “We just want to create a great place for people to hang out.”

The Rocket Surgery space was initially supposed to house a barbecue joint the Sidewall owners had previously announced. But after going through all of the permitting and planning for the 146 S. Main St. location, O’Mara says the Martha’s Hardware property at 21 S. Main St. became available. Shortly after, the owners decided Martha’s was a better fit for the barbecue concept, which should open later this year.

O’Mara says he and his partner, Loren Frant, are fans of craft cocktails, but they haven’t yet had a chance to enter that world because Sidewall Pizza sells wine and beer only. In addition to spirits, Rocket Surgery will have fewer than eight beer options – all bottled or canned – and a few wines.

The name Rocket Surgery is a combo of the common phrases “rocket science” and “brain surgery.” “It’s something silly I would say,” O’Mara says.

O’Mara’s cousin, Casey O’Mara, who moved from New York to TR, will head the cocktail program. The restaurant is actively hiring, Andy O’Mara says. They will be using Sidewall staff to fill in any holes.

Rocket Surgery will seat 55 indoors and is designed to have more of an adult feel than the family-friendly Sidewall, but the cocktail bar will not be a white tablecloth kind of place. O’Mara also plans to have outdoor patio seating at some point, but not until they’re ready for it.

Initially, Rocket Science will be open Thursday through Monday at 5 p.m. for dinner, with brunch offered on Saturday and Sunday.

The original Sidewall Pizza is located at 35 S. Main St., Travelers Rest. Other locations are in Greenville at 99 Cleveland St. and 3598 Pelham Road, which opened earlier this spring and is still operating on temporary hours.

We’ve been working on a new restaurant in downtown TR and we’re super excited to share it with you. Rocket Surgery is a craft cocktail bar with traditional and inventive cocktails, awesome snacks, light meals, full dinners, and festive brunch. It’s located at 164D South Main Street in the building next to @tastingroomtr and @farmhousetacos. We’ve transformed a former storage building into a sleek and inviting space. Before we started renovations, we planned to open a BBQ restaurant here. But, the space just called “cocktail bar” to us. So, @rocketsurgery54321 it is! The BBQ restaurant is still in the works, on Main Street TR where Martha’s Hardware used to be, coming later this year. Rocket Surgery is days away from opening and we’re looking for a few more awesome people to join our team as craft cocktail bartenders, servers, and cooks. Apply in person tonight (Monday) from 5pm to 9pm or tomorrow (Tuesday) from 10am to 2pm. If you are interested but can’t make it to these open houses, email us at jobs@sidewallpizza.com, with “Rocket Surgery” in the subject line and tell us about yourself and what position you’re a great fit for. And, if you’re not looking for a job but you want to come say hello, feel free to drop in as well.

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