At the time of the rescue, which took place a year ago this month in May 2017, the Copper Rocket Pub was owned by Selman Markovic. Selman sold the bar shortly after the rescue, and long before the airing of Sunday night’s episode entitled “Crazy Little Thing Called Selman”. The bar is now owned by AKT, a music merchandising company owned Alex Tchekmeian.
Judging by local news headlines, it’s been quite a roller coaster ride for the Copper Rocket Pub since Taffer’s recue. Among other things, the Copper Rocket changed ownership and went through a second major makeover.
Interestingly enough, the new owner doesn’t appear to have any interest in taking advantage of the Bar Rescue publicity. In fact, he’s touting his own “real bar rescue” makeover.
Try to follow along:
Copper Rocket Pub, a local watering hole that has never won an Orlando Weekly “Best of” award *, was recently purchased by a co-owner of Foxtail Coffee Co.
Bar owner, Alex Tchekmeian’s music merchandising company, AKT (Website), purchased the popular pub last year, in an attempt to reconcile the arguably unfavorable changes made by a well-known TV series. The new bar will bring locals an extreme overhaul to the interior while keeping crowd-favorite must-haves like live local music and trivia.
January 22, 2018: Someone please leak the Copper Rocket ‘Bar Rescue’ episode
The public deserves to see this episode. So, please, anyone with access to even a 30-second clip, release it. It is your duty.
February 1, 2018: Newest incarnation of the Copper Rocket launches this weekend
The redesign includes more taps, an upgraded kitchen and more than 30 TVs, meaning that it might have a chance to turn into the great neighborhood joint it always had the potential to be.
Why Will’s Pub? Well, because it’s the same bar that former Copper Rocket owner Selman Markovic had a well-documented online meltdown over because he claimed he was cheated out of a 2016 Orlando Weekly Best Of award, which you can read all about here.
Here’s a look at the 2017 Bar Rescue remodel from last May:
Latest 2018 Copper Rocket makeover by the new owner
Here’s a Facebook video described as the “real bar rescue for Copper Rocket”
The real bar rescue for Copper Rocket video I threw together!!
Posted by Bubs Aholic on Friday, February 9, 2018
The video is also available to view on the Copper Rocket’s Twitter account:
▶️SNEAK PEAK: Watch the FULL version of this incredible video showing the actual rescue of @thecopperrocket on our Facebook page! 🚀🛠https://t.co/KnfUswgKhc 🎥: Lens Life Productions pic.twitter.com/o3JqYsCM3S
— The Copper Rocket (@thecopperrocket) February 14, 2018
A Closer Look
- Here’s are the Facebook pages for current owner Alex Tchekmeian and former owner Selman Markovic,
- Here’s a photo gallery with the latest 2018 makeover images (Not Taffer’s 2017 makeover)
- Here’s the Copper Rocket Pub website, Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram page
- You can go here to check out the latest Yelp reviews
Image – Youtube/Screengrab