Hobo’s restaurant set to open in historic Rock Hill Coca Cola Bottling Company

A popular Fort Mill restaurant is skipping the train tracks to open a second spot in a historic building in Rock Hill.

The new site will open in mid-April in the former Coca Cola Bottling Company on Cherry Road near Winthrop University. The 8,000 square foot space sits adjacent to The Perch, a new development at the intersection of Cherry Road and Oakland Avenue. The Perch will house Hobo’s new Off the Tracks brewery, as well as office and retail space.

“(Fort Mill Restaurant) has been very, very successful for us and we’re looking to bring that to Rock Hill,” said owner and operator Jason Cloud.

Much like the Fort Mill location, the restaurant will serve burgers, milkshakes, beer and other beverages in the Rock Hill building which dates to April 1941. The layout of the new space included the opening of a large part of the second floor to make it a two story. dining room.

The builders took the original wood from the ceiling and repurposed it to make dining booths, Cloud said.

“It’s a piece of history and it needs to survive,” said developer and partner Jim Britton, adding that the overall look has an industrial feel – brick, steel and wood paneling. The original “Rock Hill Coca Cola Bottling Co.” sign remains above the front door, feet from the new Hobo sign.

The Fort Mill Restaurant is also located in a historic building on Main Street. The Hobo’s name is part of a locomotive theme the owners chose because the railroad runs alongside the building near Confederate Park. Tramps were stowaways who traveled by train from town to town looking for work, Cloud said.

The 2,500 square foot Fort Mill location opened in 2015.

The Rock Hill restaurant will seat 284 diners indoors and 82 in its outdoor space, which includes a picnic area and green space where children can play, Cloud said. The patio has windows that open onto the bar.

“You can sit down and your kids can play safely in the play area – it’s unique,” Britton said. “And I think that’s what sets us apart.”

Upstairs, the restaurant has a private 1,500 square foot dining room called the Coca Cola Social Room that can be rented. Outside the venue is a lounge area in the vestibule for cocktails and guests waiting to be seated.

The bar also reused details, including the bar top. Hobo’s will offer 24 beers on tap, including some from the Off the Track’s brewery next door.

Favorite dishes incorporated into the Rock Hill menu include the train-themed Locomotive Burger, the Vagabond burger made with chili cheese, bacon and toppings on a brioche bun, and The Wanderer burger which has cheddar cheese , bacon, barbecue sauce and strings of crispy fried onions.

Other favorites include Boxcar Taters, which are jumbo tater tots and fortified milkshakes.

Hobo’s is accepting applications. To apply, visit hobos213.com or go to the Fort Mill located at 213 Main Street.

Tracy Kimball is a visual reporter and reporter for The Herald, covering York, Chester and Lancaster counties. She joined The Herald in 1999 after graduating from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC and has been with the team for 13 years. She writes about new restaurant openings and covers news stories. She has won several awards from the South Carolina Press Association for reporting, photography and videography.

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