Saturday, May 5, 2018

Bar Rescue - The Copper Rocket Pub Update

On this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Maitland, Florida to rescue The Copper Rocket Pub. The Copper Rocket Pub is owned by Selman Markovic who doesn't take the blame for his bar's failure and instead blames his employees.  Also, there is food on the menu that is no longer available and the food that they do serve leaves a lot to be desired.

During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer decided to keep the name of The Copper Rocket Pub. Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for The Copper Rocket Pub since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):


The Copper Rocket Pub was actually sold in August of 2017, just a few months after the makeover.  If you want to read the few reviews of the bar from when Bar Rescue came, to when it was sold, they are here.

Other News and Links:

  • The Bar Rescue makeover happened in May 2017, so about a year ago.
  • Here are two preview videos of the episode from the Paramount website - Video 1, Video 2
  • Here is The Copper Rocket Pub Facebook Page and website.
  • Here are the Facebook Page of Selman Markovic (owner), Rachael (bartender), Norman (manager), Jacob (bartender)
  • Selman was talking about his Bar Rescue episode on Facebook in August of 2017 saying, "We might not air. I was a bit of what they call a "problem" (Link)
  • In August of 2016 Selman Markovic had an online meltdown over a "Best of Orlando" award that he thought The Copper Rocket deserved and felt the voting was rigged.  This gave him quite a reputation among the local community. (Link)
  • As stated above, Copper Rocket was sold in August of 2017. (Link)  It opened back up in February 2018.
  • The news owners did another makeover for the bar and here is a five minute video of makeover and interior.  They pretty much gutted the place and did everything from scratch.
  • The reviews for the new owners are pretty positive with a 4.5 star out of 5 average on Yelp. (Link)
  • Nobody from the show works at The Copper Rocket or even goes there anymore according to a comment by bartender Rachael on Facebook.


The Copper Rocket Pub was sold to new owners shortly after Bar Rescue did their makeover.  Who knows if Bar Rescue was used by Selman with the intention of flipping the bar.  The new owners of The Copper Rocket gutted the bar and did a new makeover, so pretty much nothing done by Bar Rescue remains including any of the employees.  It seems that Selman is pretty vocal online, so we will see what he has to say after the episode airs. The Copper Rocket Pub is marked as 'Sold' on the Bar Rescue Updates Page.

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