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"

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Bar Rescue - The Beechwood (City Bistro) Update

On tonight's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in St. Louis, Missouri to try to rescue City Bistro. City Bistro is owned by Tiffany Hutchinson and her bartenders are out of control and flashing patrons.  She is supposedly $300,000 in debt and the bar is supposedly two months away from closing.  Jon Taffer also decides that Tiffany needs to fire a bartender for him to stay and finish the makeover of City Bistro.

During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer changed the name of City Bistro to The Beechwood and they have kept the name of the bar.  Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for The Beechwood since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Power Strip and Proving Ground Bar & Grill From Bar Rescue Have Closed

Two Detroit area bars that appeared on Bar Rescue (Season 4, 4th set) have recently closed:  Power Strip (previously Chix on Dix) in Detroit, MI and Proving Ground Bar & Grill (previously The Hooch) in Dearborn Heights, MI.

A fan of the website posted the picture to the right on the Bar Rescue Updates Facebook Page which showed Power Strip for sale and a number to call. The number is Brown Business Brokers, which has the listing on their website described as "Edge of Detroit Topless Bar - All new inside and out. Property and bar available at bargain price."

I called the number and was told the asking price was originally $1 million, but has now been dropped to $600,000.  I was also told the owner is selling because he doesn't want to run it himself and has lost his manager (assuming Darren).  The price includes the liquor license, topless license (which is supposedly expensive), the building, the land, and all of the equipment.  I also confirmed that Power Strip is currently closed and the new owner would have to get alcohol, new dancers, etc.

The other bar that recently closed is Proving Ground Bar & Grill/The Hooch.  Owner Chandra posted this on her Facebook Page on May 23rd, "Well... the bar is now closed ... forever.... thanks BR !"  On the comments of that post, she has replies saying there wasn't enough money to keep it going and that they were doing MUCH better before Bar Rescue.  Chandra also replies to a comment that references Jon Taffer saying, "Worst mistake in my whole life."

The Bar Rescue episode of The Hooch was pretty controversial due to the way Chandra acted on the episode, which caused many fans of the show to leave 1-star reviews and caused The Proving Ground/The Hooch to take down their Facebook page.  The bar was listed for sale after the show and it looks like it sold for $225,000 on May 26th (Link).

With Power Strip and The Hooch/Proving Ground closing, this makes three recent Bar Rescue closures in the Detroit area as Back Beat Piano Bar also closed.  The Bar Rescue Updates Page has been updated to show Power Strip and Proving Ground as 'Closed' now.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Back Beat Piano Bar From Bar Rescue Has Closed

Back Beat Piano Bar in Southfield, Michigan which was featured on season four (4th set) of Bar Rescue has closed. When Bar Rescue made over the bar in 2015, it was called Jazz Katz and Jon Taffer decided to rename it Back Beat Piano Bar, which the bar kept.

While there wasn't any official announcement of the closure, all of the signs point to the bar being closed.  They had a GoFundMe with hopes of raising $7,000 that has been taken down.  Their website and Facebook Page are down and their phone number is no longer in service.  I also emailed owner Tamika about the bar being closed, but received no response.

Back Beat Piano Bar is the first bar of season four (4th set) of Bar Rescue to close and the Bar Rescue Update Page has been updated with that information

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Bar Rescue - Aging Room At Cirivello's (Cirivello's Sports Stop) Update

On tonight's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Long Beach, California to try to rescue Cirivello's Sports Stop.  Cirivello's is co-owned by a group of friends/investors and GM Danny has them in danger of losing all of their money.  The bar is supposedly losing between $12,000 to $15,000 a month and they are $375,000 in debt.  Cirivello's is also supposedly four months from closing.

During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer somewhat changed the name of Cirivello's Sports Stop to Aging Room At Cirivello's. After looking at their social media, they pretty much go by Cirivello's. Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for Cirivello's since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Bar Rescue - The Bridge Lounge Update

On tonight's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Tarpon Springs, Florida to try to rescue The Bridge Lounge.  The Bridge Lounge is co-owned by Anna Cladakis, who is engaged to PGA Tour star Jon Daly.  The bar is a local fisherman's bar that was impacted by the BP oil spill and is supposedly losing $4,000 a month.

During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer and the show decided to keep the name of The Bridge Lounge, but added "A Local's Bar" to the bar sign.  Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for The Bridge Lounge since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Nick's House (Y Not III) From Bar Rescue Has Closed

Photo - Spike
Nick's House in Milwaukee, Wisconsin which was featured on season four of Bar Rescue has closed. When Bar Rescue made over the bar in 2014, it was called Y Not III and Jon Taffer decided to rename it Nick's House, which the bar kept.

There isn't much information about why the bar closed as their Facebook Page has pretty much removed all posts and their website was taken down.

There was an event posted on Facebook for the last night in business on April 30th and the description stated:
"Nick's House has been home to BROKEN for a while now and we are very sad to see this place close it's doors. However, we are lucky to have the opportunity to send Nick's out in style for it's last night open....."
Another Facebook post from a band said they were playing the last Metal Monday at Nick's House the Monday before the bar closed.

Also, a few people commented on the original update to let me know that the bar was closing.

This is the fifth bar from season 4 (first set) of Bar Rescue to close and the Bar Rescue Updates Page has been updated with this information.

UPDATE - The building that housed Nick's House was demolished in 7/2016.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Bar Rescue - The Cajun Belle (Grinders Sports Bar) Update

On tonight's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Santa Clarita, California to try to rescue Grinders Sports Bar.  The owners decided to buy a pizzeria for $77,000 and turn it into a bar, however their renovations were not approved by the city and the city has threatened to shut them down.  They have spent $100,000 dealing with the city during renovations.  They are also supposedly losing $2,500 a month and are over $250,000 in total debt.

During the Bar Rescue makeover Grinders was renamed to The Cajun Belle and they have kept the name . Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for The Cajun Belle since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Bar Rescue - George & Dragon Update

On tonight's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Phoenix, Arizona to try to rescue George & Dragon English Pub and Restaurant. The owner Dave supposedly let the bar go downhill after the death of his mother.  The bar has been open for over 20 years and he is supposedly drinking his profits away and gambling his way to ruin with his weekly poker tournaments.  Bar Rescue says the bar is $700,00 in debt and losing $5,000 a month.

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