Where's the fire?

Rebecca Holmes, Entertainment Editor

Picture courtesy of Rebecca Holmes.

Picture courtesy of Rebecca Holmes.

Where’s the fire? What’s got sparks flying and people buzzing in downtown Travelers Rest? A firehouse turned coffee shop; I give you Chicora Alley.

Chicora Alley is new to the downtown community, but it’s already creating quite the chatter. Opening up recently, Chicora Alley has kept a little of the old, but they’ve also brought something new.

Co-operator Ben Dixon has long had his sights set on opening a restaurant in Travelers Rest, but it wasn’t until last year that his idea really became a reality. When he saw the old fire house for sale, Dixon immediately saw potential.

Picture courtesy of Rebecca Holmes.

Picture courtesy of Rebecca Holmes.

Chicora Alley has created a unique environment by having a few different things to offer. On one side of the beautifully refurbished fire house there’s an open coffee bar with a myriad of pastry choices. On the other end they’ve created this raw space where you can be seated to enjoy a meal while looking out the windows that was once an exit for the firetrucks.

Picture courtesy of Rebecca Holmes.

Picture courtesy of Rebecca Holmes.

This is the third location of Chicora Alley in the upstate community, but this one is bringing some uniquely diverse things to the table. Like other Chicora Alley’s, the menu here features things like crab cakes, nachos, and cream cheese enchiladas; however, they also offer things like healthy bowls, street tacos, Asian salad, and a Chimichurri Philly cheesesteak. It doesn’t get much more diverse than that!

They also offer jazz every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, comedy and regular Friday and Saturday music.

Chicora Alley is located at 117 N. Poinsett Hwy. Travelers Rest, South Carolina.

For more information regarding their menu and hours click here.