Sunday, September 18, 2016

Bar Rescue - The Victory Bar (Celebrities Sports Grill) Update

On tonight's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Yucaipa, California to try to rescue Celebrities Sports Grill. Celebrities Sports Grill is owned by Max and Ryke Zahir and was once supposedly making $200,000 a month.  Max posted a video of him helping a homeless veteran which went viral and he tried to raise money for veterans through a GoFundMe page.  People found out that the homeless person wasn't actually a veteran and there was a lot of negative backlash online which Max ended up responding to.  This caused a lot of locals to get angry and the reputation of the bar and Max got much worse.  The bar is now supposedly losing $10,000 to $20,000 a month and is supposedly $750,000 in debt.

During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer decided to change the name of Celebrities Sports Grill to The Victory Bar and Restaurant.  The bar decided to keep the name, but closed shortly after the makeover. Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for The Victory Bar and Restaurant since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tim Owens' Travelers Tavern From 'Bar Rescue' To Close

Tim Owens' Travelers Tavern in Akron Ohio, which was featured on Bar Rescue in November 2015 has announced it will close.  They posted the following message on their Facebook page last night:
"It comes with a heavy heart and a huge amount of considering many options, but Tim and I have decided to close our venue. Words can not express the gratitude we have for everyone who came out and supported the restaurant and the local music scene. A lot of work went into making this place great, lots of blood sweat and tears (literally) to bring Akron a place it could be proud of. I believe we were successful at that , but at this time Tim and I are being pulled away from that focus to concentrate on our main jobs. Tim is touring more and more and I am needed at my landscape company. Both of these are very positive for Tim and I but creates a negative for the bar/restaurant. We have both agreed to sell to another person who will be more focused on creating a cool restaurant and possibly keeping the stage rocking a couple times a month. I personally will be contacting any acts we have booked to help find other venues for them to perform. Tim and I are very sorry for the inconvenience and hope everyone is understanding. Our last day for food will be September 2nd (huge party) , our last live music show will be September 3rd . LETS BLOW IT OUT!"

So it seems like the reason for closing had more to do with owners Tim and Micah focusing on their other ventures and not having time for the bar.  That message has been shared over 500 times and has over 200 comments of people saying they are sad to see the bar close.

Owner Tim also chimed in and said,
"Yes, all good things must come to an end!!! We hate to do this but like Micah said our main careers have just gotten way to busy ( Which is a good thing ) and that just makes it too hard on us and the business!! The Business was good, the staff was amazing, the bands rocked and the location couldn't of been better, So stop saying it wasn't and read our posts...Lets hope whoever buys it keeps, keeps the music, the great food and they have the time to put into it!!
( Even as I type this I am sitting in Seattle airport for business )
I thank you all for all the support!!
Tim Ripper Owens"

Someone asked owner Micah if it had anything to do with Bar Rescue, and he responded, "Bar rescue helped in its own way , I am able to step away and not be bankrupt , this is our choice."

This will be the 5th bar from Season 4 (4th set) of Bar Rescue to close and the Bar Rescue Updates page will be updated when the bar closes in September.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Bar Rescue - The Bradley, Gaming and Cocktail Lounge (City Bar) Update

On tonight's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Las Vegas, Nevada to try to rescue the City Bar. City Bar was bought in 2015 by Brad Stegman and he took a gamble by buying the bar.  He is supposedly down to his last few months and is in $140,000 in debt from the bar.  Also, the bartenders are holding fetish events at the bar, which Brad supposedly doesn't approve of.

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

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Bar Rescue - Derby's Bar & Grill (The Wheelhouse Bar) Update

On tonight's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Hemet, California to try to rescue The Wheelhouse Bar.  The Wheelhouse Bar is a roller rink bar that has out of control bartenders and owner Jesse Vivanco doesn't know how to control them.  The bar is supposedly $165,000 in debt and Jesse has depleted almost all of his retirement money.  The Wheelhouse bar is also supposedly losing $6,500 a month and is six to eight months from closing.

During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer decided to change the name of The Wheelhouse Bar to Derby's Bar & Grill and the bar has kept the name. Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for Derby's Bar & Grill since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Bar Rescue - Champagne's (Champagne's Cafe) Update

On tonight's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Las Vegas, Nevada to try to rescue the Champagne's Cafe.  Champagne's Cafe was bought in 2015 by Greg Simms with the help of a $150,000 loan from his mother.  The bar was once a famous mob hangout, but now it has issues such as outdated decor, not enough customers, and an owner that is a pushover.  Also, when locals got word that Bar Rescue was coming to the bar, they got a little upset and hoped that nothing was changed.

During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer decided to change the name slightly from Champagne's Cafe to Champagne's.  Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for Champagne's since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Bar Rescue - Gallopin' Goose Update

On tonight's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Coolidge, Arizona to try to rescue the Gallopin' Goose.  The Gallopin' Goose is owned by Scott Wohrman and his ex-wife Stacey who bought the bar in 2009 while they were still married.  Scott made some mistakes which cost them their relationship and caused the bar to go downhill.  The Gallopin' Goose is supposedly $370,000 in debt, losing $2,000 a month and is six months away from closing.

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

Thursday, July 28, 2016

More Bar Rescue Episodes Plus Jon Taffer Late Night Talk Show Coming To Spike TV

Photo - Spike TV
Spike TV announced that Bar Rescue will have 30 new episodes for the 5th season of the show in addition to 10 more "Back to the Bar" specials.  The fifth season actually starts on August 7th, so the end of the fourth season and beginning of the fifth season are on in back-to-back weeks.

Spike TV also revealed that Bar Rescue's Jon Taffer will film a late night talk show pilot on the channel, however details about the show or when it will air have not been announced.


The full Press Release from Spike TV is below:

"Spike Press Release – Spike Backs “Bar” Business and Star Jon Taffer

SPIKE BACKS “BAR” BUSINESS AND STAR JON TAFFER

NETWORK ORDERS NEW JON TAFFER PILOT, 30 EPISODES FOR  5TH SEASON OF “BAR RESCUE,” AND 10 MORE “BACK TO THE BAR” SPECIALS

New York, NY, July 27, 2016 – Spike has greenlit 30 episodes of “Bar Rescue” for the fifth season of the network’s popular original series, in addition to ordering 10 more “Back to the Bar” specials and an untitled, late night talk show pilot from “Bar Rescue” star, renowned bar and nightlife expert Jon Taffer. The series and pilot are produced by 3 Ball Entertainment (“Extreme Weight Loss,” “My Cat From Hell”) and executive produced by Jon Taffer.

The fifth season of “Bar Rescue” will debut on August 7 at 9pm ET/PT, with the additional “Back to the Bar” specials airing throughout the “Bar Rescue” run of original episodes on Sunday nights.
“Bar Rescue” follows Taffer across the country as he utilizes 30 plus years of experience in the restaurant, bar and nightclub business to help give failing establishments one last chance to transform themselves into profitable businesses. The fifth season will take Taffer to bars in Las Vegas, San Francisco, Palm Springs, Seattle, and additional cities across America.

The additional installments of the successful “Back to the Bar” specials will continue to revisit infamous bars from the series’ past. In the newest iteration of these “where are they now” specials, Jon Taffer and a studio audience celebrate the most memorable “Bar Rescue” personalities and relive classic “Bar Rescue” moments. “Back to the Bar” also features new, never before seen footage of Taffer’s experts checking back in at previously rescued bars, and revisits tense confrontations between Taffer and well-remembered owners.

As part of its first-look agreement with Jon Taffer, Spike has ordered a late night talk show pilot also to be produced by 3 Ball Entertainment.

For additional information about “Bar Rescue,” fans can log onto barrescue.spike.com to view full episodes, check out before and after photo galleries of the rescued bars, and watch video previews of new episodes.  Fans can also get updates via Twitter @Spike and/or the @BarRescue handle, and join in on the conversation at the official Bar Rescue Facebook page.

About 3 Ball Entertainment:
3 Ball Entertainment is one of television’s most prolific producers of reality and non-fiction programming, both for broadcast and cable. Fully independent, 3 Ball’s current and recent series include Bar Rescue for Spike; My Cat From Hell for Animal Planet; LA Hair for WE tv; Kitten Bowl and the upcoming Kitten Summer Games for Hallmark Channel; Kingin’ with Tyga for MTV; WWE: Breaking Ground for WWE Network; and Extreme Weight Loss (which also airs as Obese in 130 countries). 3 Ball has additional series in production and development with networks including FOX, CBS, Spike, A&E, CNBC, Food Network, WE tv, MTV, FYI, Z Living and Redbull.
About Spike TV:

Spike TV is available in 91.4 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos."

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Bar Rescue - Blacklight District Lounge Update

On tonight's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Long Beach, California to try to rescue Blacklight District Lounge. Blacklight District Lounge is owned by Dave Franich with a little help from his friend Gabe Lopez.  They purchased the bar for $110,000 and turned it into a punk rock bar after doing some renovations. The bar has never made money and is supposedly losing $3,000 a month leaving Dave $160,000 in debt.  Dave is also stubborn about making any changes to the punk rock theme of the bar which causes conflict with Jon Taffer.

During the Bar Rescue makeover, there was no name change for Black Light District. Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for Black Light District since Bar Rescue came to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue visit):

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Bar Rescue - Brick and Barley (Baseline Sports Bar) Update

On tonight's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Tempe, Arizona to try to rescue Baseline Sports Bar. Baseline Sports Bar is owned by AJ Hunter who took out a lien on her house to purchase the bar.  Baseline Sports Bar was supposedly doing between $65,000 and $80,000 a month when AJ purchased the bar.  Then AJ made the staff all female and called them the "Baseline Babes," which included her two daughters.  The bar went downhill and AJ is supposedly losing $4,000 a month and is $190,000 in debt.

During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer changed the name of Baseline Sports Bar to Brick and Barley and the bar has kept the name.  Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for Brick and Barley since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Owner From Bar Rescue's The Arena Sentenced To Prison For Failure To Pay Taxes

Photo - Michigan Attorney General
Brian Michael Flore (aka Mike), who is the owner of The Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan was recently sentenced to two to five years in prison for 120 counts of failure to file taxes due to not paying sales tax for about 10 years (one count for each month).  He supposedly collected $700,000 in sales tax during those years and did not give any to the state of Michigan.  He worked out a payment plan with the state, but after missing a few payments, Mike was sentenced to prison and ordered to pay more than $1.5 million in restitution after penalties for fraud and interest were added. 

It is unclear if the bar will remain open, but it seems like the bar is looking for investors or looking to sell the business.

The Arena appeared on season four (4th set) of Bar Rescue and the update on this site had Mike saying he did the show pretty much for a free makeover.  Maybe he should have been more focused on paying his taxes.

If The Arena closes because of this, I will update the Bar Rescue Update Page, but for now I will keep it as "Open"

(h/t Detroit News)

UPDATE - The bar went up for auction in late July and is now closed. (Link)