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.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Bar Rescue - Pat's Courtyard Bar (Paddy's Pub) Update

On tonight's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Pahrump, Nevada to try to rescue Paddy's Pub. Paddy's Pub is owned by Pat Rodgers and her son Russ who bought the bar in 2006.   Pat recently gave Russ more control over the bar and things have gone downhill since and Russ has had to borrow some money to keep the bar open.  Russ is 18 months into his ownership and has supposedly taken well over $100,000 in debt.  Paddy's Pub is supposedly in danger of closing in as short as a month.

During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer changed the name of Paddy's Pub to Pat's Courtyard Bar.  The bar kept the name for some time, but went back to Paddy's Pub, and recently changed the name again to Oasis Bar.  Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for Pat's Courtyard Bar (Oasis) since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Bar Rescue - Casual Tap Update

On tonight's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Chicago, Illinois to try to rescue Casual Tap.  Casual Tap is owned by Steve Magana who is a full-time fire fighter in Chicago.  The time constraints of working all day and also having a bar are hurting his bar business. He is supposedly losing $4,000 a month and if his bar went under, he would supposedly be $700,000 in debt.  The bar has been closed for three months, but he is hoping Bar Rescue can turn things around.  Steve's daughter also has a 50% chance of having Huntington's disease, which causes progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain and always results in death.

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

Friday, May 26, 2017

Stand Up Scottsdale From Bar Rescue Has Closed

Photo - Spike
Stand Up Scottsdale from season of three of Bar Rescue has closed.  The bar closed at the end of April 2017 and posted the following on Facebook:
"Hi, all, as many of you know, this is our final weekend!
The hotel has sold and they're closing to redesign. We'll be taking the year off and working towards re-opening in Spring of '18.
In our final weekend, we'd love to celebrate with our Frans the memorable run we've had, as well as, my Birthday and filming of my DVD of my first 10 years in comedy.
All 4 shows are FREE. 
We will be accepting donations after each show if you'd like to help cover the costs of the filming, however, its more important that you are there, so don't let that get in the way.
We will be filming all shows and your attendance is consent.
Thanks for being a part of our history - hope you'll be part of our new beginnings in '18!"
Stand Up Scottsdale moved back to its original location at the beginning of 2016, so they were not operating in the same spot that Jon Taffer renovated.  That is why there is a reference above to the hotel that the club was in.

Owner Howard Hughes was never shy to speak his mind about Bar Rescue and complained about the makeover done by Jon Taffer.  He also appeared on a Back to the Bar special where things got a bit heated with Jon Taffer.   Howard has always responded to comments on this site to explain his side of things and to answer questions/insults from Bar Rescue fans.  We will see if Stand Up Scottsdale opens back up in 2018, but the bar has now been marked as Closed on the Bar Rescue Updates page.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Bar Rescue - Desi Romano's Sports Bar & Grill Update

On tonight's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Chalmette, LA to try to rescue Desi Romano's Sports Bar & Grill.  The owner Desi recently had a stroke and his absence from the bar caused the bar to go downhill.  Desi is now back at the bar, but he isn't the same and has allowed bartenders to keep open tabs.

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

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Bar Rescue - Big Mike's Sports Bar & Grill Update

On tonight's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Denham Springs, LA to try to rescue Big Mike's Sports Bar & Grill.  This episode is a bit different as Bar Rescue isn't there due to the bar failing, but the show is there to help rebuild Big Mike's after a devastating flood.  An August 2016 storm dumped about three times as much rain on Louisiana than Hurricane Katrina and one of the hardest hit places was Denham Springs.  This left thousands of homes and businesses underwater and with considerable damage including Big Mike's.  An employee of Big Mike's reached out to Bar Rescue and Jon Taffer decided to make a special trip to help save the bar.

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

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Bar Rescue - The Second Line Co. (Speakeasy) Update

On tonight's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Kenner, LA to try to rescue Speakeasy Bar & Grill. Speakeasy Bar is co-owned by husband and wife Amanda and Keith Bellaci and they purchased the bar in 2015.  Amanda doesn't act like an owner and is twerking all over the bar.  Also, the kitchen is filthy when Bar Rescue arrives and there is spoiled food.  Speakeasy is supposedly $250,000 in debt, losing $5,000 a month, and they are quickly accumulating more debt.

During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer decided to change the name of Speakeasy to Second Line Co. and the bar has kept the name, but it seems they use both names interchangeably. Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for Second Line Co. since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):