Friday, October 6, 2017

Garrison Tavern From Bar Rescue Has Closed

Garrison Tavern (formerly Brickhouse) in Colorado Springs, Colorado from season 5 of Bar Rescue has closed.  Someone who appeared on the show reached out to let me know the bar closed and the bar is also listed as 'closed' on Yelp.  Garrison Tavern closed sometime in late July/early August and their Facebook page has been taken down.

This shouldn't be much of a surprise as the bar was listed for sale about a week after Bar Rescue finished their makeover (and before the show aired).  A new gastropub will be opening in the location and is undergoing extensive renovations.  The new bar is expected to open late 2017/early 2017.

Garrison Tavern is now listed as 'Closed' on the Bar Rescue Updates Page.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

YNot Sports Pub (Forbidden Pub) From Bar Rescue Has Closed

YNot Sports Pub in Everett, Washington, which was featured on season 5 of Bar Rescue has closed.  The bar was renamed to The Forbidden Pub during the Bar Rescue makeover, but they quickly switched the name back to YNot Sports Pub.

The bar closed in early August 2017, and owner Yvette posted this on Facebook:
"Jon and I are very sad to announce that we have closed our Doors to Ynot. It has been a WONDERFUL 4 YEARS! We are going to miss everyone immensely!! We are looking forward to the new chapter in our lives. We appreciate everyone so much for all your friendships and support!!!!!
We are going to open the doors today at 1pm-8pm and Friday the 4th 1pm-8pm to sell bar memorabilia. Again Thank you for so many great years!!!!!! :)"
According to the local paper, it appears the bar has some outstanding federal tax liens as well.  On the county records website, the latest lien on 6/20/2017 was for $14374.88.

This is the 3rd bar from season 5 of Bar Rescue to close and the Bar Rescue Updates Page has been updated.  Here is the original update for YNot Sports Pub (Forbidden Pub) if you are interested.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Bar Rescue - Lucky's Corner Pocket (Lucky Leprechaun) Update

On tonight's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Davenport, Florida to rescue The Lucky Leprechaun Irish Saloon.  The Lucky Leprechaun is a bar owned by Terry Browne and his ex-wife Georgiann.  The bar has a lot of pool tables and owner Terry is illegally gambling on pool games against customers.  Terry also has a foul mouth and Jon Taffer needs to change his ways if the bar wants to succeed. 

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

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Regan Lounge From Bar Rescue Closed After Fire Causes Extensive Damage

Photo - Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Facebook
There was a fire this morning at Regan Lounge in Las Vegas, Nevada that "gutted" the business and caused $500,000 worth of damage.  The fire started in the attic and was discovered around 4am, about two hours after the bar had closed.

Regan Lounge (formerly Jack's Place) had a makeover from Bar Rescue in February 2017 and the episode just aired on Spike TV in July.

Due to the extensive damage, Regan Lounge is now marked as 'Closed' on the Bar Rescue Updates Page.  If there are any updates about reopening, I will provide them.

Las Vegas Fire & Rescue issued the following press release about the fire:

"LAS VEGAS FIRE & RESCUE
DATE/TIME: 090717/1030PDT
RELEASE: 17-119
Two Alarm Fire In Shopping Center Under Investigation
No Injuries Reported During Incident
A fire that gutted a lounge in the Bonanza Nellis Shopping Center early Thursday morning is under investigation. One business was gutted, another had moderate damage.
A Las Vegas Metro Police officer on patrol noticed smoke coming a large building on the corner of N. Nellis Boulevard and E. Bonanza Road at 3:58 a.m. When firefighters arrived on scene, heavy black smoke was showing from the roof a large commercial building. Most of the fire was found in the attic area of Regan Lounge, 5067 E. Bonanza Road. The fire was burning thru the attic extending to a dental office next door. But firefighters were able to stop it before it did much damage to the dental office. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control.
The fire gutted the lounge and burned a large hole in the roof. The dental office had moderate damage. Total damage for the incident is estimated at $500,000.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. The manager of the lounge told fire investigators that she closed the lounge around 2:00 a.m. and did the usually clean up. She said she walked around looking for any problems, but could not find any. She left at approximately 2:30.
Firefighters from Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Clark County fought the blaze. There were no injuries to any responders.
The lounge was recently profiled on the TV Show “Bar Rescue” which aired last July. The program centers on a bar/lounge that has a makeover to attract new business. The actual makeover occurred in February, 2017 according to the TV show’s webpage."

Video of the fire is below:

Underground Wonder Bar (Clear Bar) From Bar Rescue Has Closed

Underground Wonder Bar in Chicago, Illinois from season 4 (2nd set) of Bar Rescue has closed.  The bar closed on September 4th and they knew they were closing for some time because there was a closing countdown on their website.  The bar also had a message on their website stating:
"After nearly 28 years of bringing wonder, joy, and music to the people of Chicago and countless visitors from around the world, Lonie Walker’s Underground Wonder Bar will bid adieu September 3rd, 2017. While this is a heartbreaking development, Underground Wonder Bar will not be denied its last hurrah! UWB will put 110% forth to turn this summer into an unforgettable celebration for the music lovers and music makers.
This summer coincides with the 50th anniversary of the “Summer of Love”, the social phenomenon that occurred in 1967. Underground Wonder Bar will embrace the spirit that existed then … a spirit of love, and the music that it inspires.
Underground Wonder Bar’s story is well-known in the city of Chicago. The original UWB opened in 1989, on Walton Street, providing a cultural stronghold to the Gold Coast for 21 glorious years. Lonie Walker, owner and matriarch, with her community of artists and patrons propelled by the knowledge that “it’s a feeling, not a building” marched onward to open again in a new, much bigger location on Clark Street in 2011. From unexpected jamming with celebrities, to launching the careers of young musicians, to squaring off with Jon Taffer on the reality television show “Bar Rescue,” Lonie Walker has persisted through the decades and against the odds on her crusade of Peace, Love, and Wonder through Music.
Despite the crushing news, the Underground Wonder Bar will continue to feature 2 to 4 musical acts nightly till 4am in its final days plus many showcases of Chicago’s and the world’s best talent showing up! Come say your goodbyes to Chicago’s best rock, soul, funk, jazz, blues, reggae, hip hop, DJs and more, which have made the reputation of the UWB, as revered, unforgettable, and irreplaceable. Performances as always, include Wonder All-Stars Lonie Walker, Lorna Boston, Herb Walker, Smokin’ Joe Thomas, Hurricane Reggae Band and more! The brick and mortar will be no more. While this is a devastating loss, we know that wonder never dies. So in the words of the legendary, Janis Joplin, “Get it While You Can”."

Underground Wonder Bar was renamed to Clear Bar by Bar Rescue, but owner Lonie quickly changed it back despite promising Jon Taffer she wouldn't.  Underground Wonder Bar previously announced they would close in February 2017, but then stated that they would remain open while the building was for sale (Link).

Underground Wonder Bar has been marked as 'Closed' on the Bar Rescue Updates Page and here is the original update for the bar if you are interested.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Bar Rescue - Rhonda's A Neighborhood Bar (Rockin' Rhonda's) Update

On tonight's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Sanford, Florida to rescue Rockin' Rhonda's. Rockin' Rhonda's is owned by Robin Pahlka, hence the name of the bar.  The bar is dirty and has structural issues to the point where Jon Taffer isn't sure he will be able to pull off the rescue with the amount of time they have.  The floor is the main concern as it seems to be crumbling.

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

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Bar Rescue - Lake House Bar & Grill (Sidelines) Update

On tonight's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Mount Dora, Florida to rescue Sidelines Bar & Grill.  Sidelines Bar & Grill is a family run bar that is owned by Richard Marinacci.  Richard and his aggressiveness is causing issues at the bar.  During the Bar Rescue recon, the kitchen is dealing with cross-contamination issues, and when Rich finds out about it, he goes back to the kitchen and smacks his son in the head.

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

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Bar Rescue - Tidal Bay Beach Bar (Liquid Lounge) Update

On tonight's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Long Beach, California to rescue Liquid Lounge.  Liquid Lounge is a bar owned by Rob McCarthy who bought the bar back in 2010.  Thing were going well at first, but then after a few years things started to go downhill.  Liquid Lounge lost one of their cooks and an article about fruit flies in the bar was published in the local paper.  The bar is filthy and the owner Rob is in over his head with him supposedly being $270,000 in debt.

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

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Bar Rescue - The Regan Lounge (Jack's Place) Update

On tonight's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Las Vegas, Nevada to try to rescue Jack's Place. Jack's Place is supposedly $500,000 in debt and the bartenders do not respect the owner.  She is acting more like a maternal figure than a business owner and it is costing her business.

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

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Aging Room At Cirivello's From Bar Rescue Has Closed

The Aging Room at Cirivello's in Long Beach, California, which appeared on season 4 (5th set) of Bar Rescue has closed.  There isn't much information as to why the bar closed because they aren't too active on social media, but it appears Cirivello's closed in early July 2017.

A July 14th post on Cirivello's Facebook page by a customer says, "It is really a shame this place never could get its shit together. They've lost their liquor license now and it has been closed for several weeks. Given the people involved, I doubt it ever re-opens."  There was also a post by someone else on July 7th wondering why they were closed.

People who were scheduled to perform at the bar confirmed the bar was closed and their shows were cancelled:
  • A July 6th show was cancelled (Link)
  • A July 10th show was cancelled, and the performer posted on July 7th, "I am very sorry to say that for now Cirivello's is closed until further notice! So obviously no Thursday night blues and very sadly no Monday Night Jam. We will keep you posted and let's hope they open soon! Thank you very much for all your support!!"
    • He posted again on July 10th stating, "So to update everyone on the status of Cirivello's. They are closed until further notice. It's anyone's guess as to whether they will reopen or not." 
  • A July 20th performance was cancelled (Link)

Also the liquor license for the address of Cirivello's is in the status "Surrendered" (Link).  There is a different name listed on the liquor license and it appears the owners are different from the ones that appeared on Bar Rescue.  Someone who performs at the bar said there are license transfer issues when asked about why they were closed.(Link)

The Aging Room at Cirivello's has been marked as closed on the Bar Rescue Updates Page.  If you are curious, here was the original update for the bar.