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):

Friday, April 22, 2016

38th Floor Bar From Bar Rescue To Close

Photo - Facebook
38th Floor Bar (formerly Mandala Lounge) in San Mateo, California recently announced that they will be closing at the end of the month.  The bar appeared on season 4 (2nd set) of Bar Rescue and the episode aired in April 2015.  

On April 19th, the bar posted the following message on their Facebook Page:

"Dear Friends and Valued Customers,
The 38th Floor Bar will be closing for good at the end of April. We will be operating through April and sincerely hope you will join us for our final weekend blowout, “THE LAST CALL” on the 29th and 30th.
It has been my great pleasure to serve the community of San Mateo for the last decade. The opportunity to build strong and sincere friendships with people who arrived to me strangers has been a great joy. Thank you to everyone who supported us throughout the years. Your patronage made it possible for me to live my dream of owning my own business.
I couldn’t have made it through the ups and downs without the unwavering support of my incredible wife, family and my steadfast employees. Of special mention are my good friends Adam Florendo and Zack Munsey. Adam bartended side by side with me in the trenches for 5 years during good and bad times and Zack showed up for me when I needed him most all the way to the end. Additionally, I want to recognize the fantastic DJ’s I have had the pleasure to work with who have provided the soundtrack for all of the good times.
I want to thank Jon Taffer and the entire Bar Rescue crew for choosing us to be a part of the Bar Rescue legacy. I will be forever indebted to them for giving us a second chance to recreate ourselves as the 38th Floor Bar. Unfortunately, this opportunity has not been enough to combat months of declining sales and debt burden.
It is with happiness, not regret that I move on. I have had the opportunity to take a journey not many make. I look forward to the next chapter as I continue to pursue an enduring dream of having a career in law enforcement.
Again I thank all of YOU…the people who made it all possible. I hope to see as many old and new friends before the end of the month. We are going to have one fantastic final weekend! To you I raise my glass and say “CHEERS!”
Respectfully,
Greg Hawkins
Proprietor
38th Floor Bar"

So it looks like owner Greg is thankful that Bar Rescue came and gave them a second chance, but it wasn't enough as they still had debt and sales were declining.  Greg was recently on a Back to the Bar special (first aired March 27th) and said that they were up 40%, doing great, and chipping away at debt.  He also confirmed that Bar Rescue worked out for them (Link to Video).  Apparently that was not the case.

This will be the fourth bar from season 4 (2nd set) of Bar Rescue to close, and when the bar closes at the end of the month, it will be marked as 'Closed' on the Bar Rescue Update Page.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Bar Rescue - Frankie T's (Freaki Tiki) Update

On tonight's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Clearwater, Florida to try to rescue Freaki Tiki.  Freaki Tiki is a tiki bar that was once grossing $1 million a year, but is now supposedly losing $6,500 a month.  The owner is neglectful and the bar is in need of many repairs.  Also a used condom is found in the bar while Bar Rescue is there.

During the Bar Rescue makeover, Freaki Tiki was renamed to Frankie T's, and they have somewhat kept the new bar name, but it seems they are going with Frankie T's Dive Bar now. Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for Frankie T's since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Bar Rescue - Pastimes on 4th (O'Kelley's at the Ballpark) Update

On tonight's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in St. Louis, Missouri to try to rescue O'Kelly's at the Ballpark.  O'Kelley's at the Ballpark is an Irish pub right near Busch Stadium which is where the St. Louis Cardinals play.  The bartenders are wild and the owner's livelihood is at risk due to her nephew and an unqualified manager.  The bar is supposedly losing $6,500 a month and $700,000 is debt.

During the Bar Rescue makeover, O'Kelly's at the Ballpark was renamed to Pastimes on 4th, and they have kept the new bar name. Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for Pastimes on 4th since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):

Friday, April 1, 2016

Hammer & Ales From Bar Rescue Has Closed

Hammer & Ales (formerly The Hammer) in Las Vegas, Nevada which appeared on season 3 of Bar Rescue has closed.  The bar closed at the end of business yesterday March 31, 2016.

The bar posted the following message on their Facebook Page:
"Most of you have heard the rumors for some time now. Well the time is is now offical and rapidly approaching. March 31st will the last day of Hammer and Ales. The bar has been sold and new owners will be reopening in may from what I hear. So enough with the sad news. Time to get down here to help us go out having a great time. Come see your favorite bartender, eat your favorite burger, and wash it down with a cold one. Think back upon the great memories we have all had together. The Hammer staff thanks you all for your loving support. Now get your ass down here and lets go out Hammer style."
Eater Vegas reports the bar will have a different concept with the new owner and will be named Owl.  Hammer & Ales has been marked as 'Closed' on the Bar Rescue Updates Page and this is the sixth bar from season 3 (1st set) of Bar Rescue to close. 

Friday, March 25, 2016

Dirty Rooster/Lake Marie Lodge From Bar Rescue - Closed

The Dirty Rooster in Antioch, Illinois, which was featured on season 4 of Bar Rescue closed at the end of 2015.  The bar has been marked 'Closed' on the Bar Rescue Updates Page, but as there wasn't much information at the time, no post about the closure was created.  This weekend, the bar will be featured on a back-to-the-bar special, and there is a bit more information on the closure, so I figured I would do a post.

During the Bar Rescue makeover the Dirty Rooster was renamed to Lake Marie Lodge, but they ended up going back to the name of The Dirty Rooster.

The bar closed at the end of 2015 and owner Robert Hoffman was recently trying to sell the POS system that was given to them by Bar Rescue.  In the comments of that post, people were asking why the bar was closed, and Robert stated, "That part on my show about me and Scott hating each other is real. So Scott decided to sue the bar and me personally for 125k.... That was enough to put me over the edge. Not to mention the state of Illinois get a tax on it because they saw me giving away alcohol on TV that cost me $12,000. Time to move on"

He also added, "Everything we had is for sale. But I had to pay a company to come in inventory all the equipment move it from the building. I'm now paying storage on all that equipment until the lawsuit is over. Then everything will be for sale cheap,"

We will see if anything else comes up on the back-to-the-bar episode, and if it does, I will update this post.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Bar Rescue - Cayman Cove (Dale 1891) Update

On tonight's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Tampa, Florida to try to rescue Dale 1891.   Dale 1891 has three co-owners and during the rescue, Jon discovers one is siphoning the profits.  The owners also own a movie theater which is in the same shopping center.  The bar is supposedly losing $5,000 a month and they are behind on rent

During the Bar Rescue makeover, Dale 1891 was renamed to Cayman Cove, and they have kept the new bar name. Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for Cayman Cove since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Bar Rescue - Crafted (Van Goghz Martini Bar & Bistro) Update

On tonight's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in St. Louis, Missouri to try to rescue Van Goghz Martini Bar & Bistro.   Dani Davis is the owner and worked at the bar as a bartender before eventually buying it.  She is supposedly $250,000 in debt and losing $2,500 a month, but would rather vape in the corner of the bar than engage with her customers.  There is also a filthy kitchen and a dog running around in the bar.

During the Bar Rescue makeover, Van Goghz Martini Bar & Bistro was renamed to Crafted, and they have kept the new bar name. Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for Crafted since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Bar Rescue - Boulder Lodge Bar & Grill (Mac and Chester's SRO) Update

On tonight's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Oak Grove, Minnesota to try to rescue Mac and Chester's Standing Room Only.  This is the 100th episode of the show and Mac and Chester's SRO is a bar that also has softball fields outside.  There are two feuding owners and one owner is ready to leave the business while the other has his marriage on the line.  The bar is supposedly losing $6,000 a month and bikers have taken over which is scaring customers away.

During the Bar Rescue makeover, Mac and Chester's Standing Room Only was renamed to Boulder Lodge Bar & Grill, and they have kept the new bar name. Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for Boulder Lodge Bar & Grill since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Downey's Irish Pub From Bar Rescue Has Closed

Photo - Spike
Downey's Irish Pub in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from season 1 of Bar Rescue has closed.  Philly.com reported the closure and noted that their liquor license is in safekeeping status, meaning they cannot legally serve alcohol (Link to PA licenses - click on Philadelphia, and Downey's is the first license listed and is in safekeeping).

Downey's was listed for sale in May 2015 for $2.9 million, but I guess they never found a buyer at that price.  The bar will now go to sheriff's sale due to foreclosure on May 3rd, 2016 and the opening bid is $124,100 with an assessed value of $936,600. (Link to Sheriff Sale site - Use 526 S FRONT ST as the address to search).  The Philly.com article also states "City records show $80,712.43 in taxes, interest, and penalties for 2013 to 2016" for Downey's.


Downey's was still advertising on their Facebook Page on February 29th, so it appears the bar closed shortly after that.

This is the fourth bar from season 1 of Bar Rescue to close and the Bar Rescue Updates Page has been updated with this information.  Jon Taffer has done four Bar Rescue makeovers in the Philadelphia area, and all four are now closed - Downey's, Swanky Bubbles, Lickety Split/2nd State Lounge, and Plush/Osteria Calabria.