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Sidecar bar opens for business

Amanda Tust Of the Record staff
Conner Watts and Mike Wong, alumni of Park City High School, will open a new bar and nightclub, The Sidecar, on Friday on the second floor of the Main Street Mall.
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Utah prohibits double-dosed drinks, but a separate shot, or ‘sidecar,’ may be ordered along with a mixed drink. As a salute to this extra swig of spirit, Parkites Mike Wong and Conner Watts named their new Main Street nightclub and bar, The Sidecar. Wong grew tired of sitting at a computer eight-hours-a-day and Watts desired a more social work environment. Together they opened The Sidecar as a solution to their work woes Watts and Wong graduated from Park City High School in 1996. Wong went on to work as an industrial engineer building trashcans and plastic containers in Los Angeles, Calif. after graduating from the University of Arizona. Watts started up the Park City marketing business, Miner Media, in 2002 after attending the University of Colorado and graduating from the University of Utah. He now plans to make the marketing work his hobby during the day, and the bar his main job at night. Wong moved back to Park City in June, and by August he had signed a lease for the bar and had recruited Watts, his brother Steven Wong, a 1998 graduate of Park City High School and David Gonzales, a 1999 alum, as partners and investors. Watts and Wong, with the help of friends and family, have worked 12- to 16-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-weeks since September to get the bar ready. In a hands-on project, they built the bar, dance floor and performance platform and finished all the framing, drywall, painting and flooring. The only things that they did not install themselves were the plumbing and electric work. "Anything that didn’t need a journeyman’s permit, we did," Watts said. Located on the second floor of the Main Street Mall, The Sidecar private club will host a 20/30 Vision meeting today. It will open for bar business with a grand opening event on Friday, offering drinks and free appetizers. Once The Sidecar opens its doors, Watts and Wong will be found bartending, bar backing and promoting the club. The Sidecar features a 50-foot bar, a dance floor and two lounge areas. Local art, including a series by Cathi Locati of the Spy Art gallery, will be displayed throughout the club walls. "It’s going to be a relaxing place where you can enjoy art, atmosphere and music," Wong said. The Sidecar will offer a full bar, up to seven Wasatch and Budweiser beers on tap and a wine list. Unlike other local bars, The Sidecar will be a smoke-free hang out. The proprietors of The Sidecar said they have nothing against smokers, but they are looking to keep the bar air clean. As an alternative, they will permit smoking on The Sidecar’s 750-square-foot deck overlooking Main Street, where heat lamps will soon be provided. "You are not going to walk out of here smelling like an ashtray," Wong said. The Sidecar consists of 3,100-square-feet of club space and an additional 1,000-square-foot kitchen, which will serve pizzas and late-night snacks within a month, Watts said.

For more information visit http://www.sidecarbar.com or call 645-SHOT.


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