Sunday, October 20, 2013

Bar Rescue - Bacon Bar (Kerry's Sports Pub) Update

On tonight's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are headed to Las Vegas, Nevada to rescue Kerry's Sports Pub.  William, the owner of Kerry's, has invested $4 million in the bar to help secure his kids and grandkids future, but his grandchildren have taken advantage of the bar by using it as their private boozing place.  During the makeover, Bar Rescue decided to change the name of 'Kerry's Sports Pub' to 'Bacon Bar.'

Let's take a look at some reviews and updates of The Bacon Bar since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (all reviews are post Bar Rescue makeover):


Positive Reviews:

  • "I've gotta say I really love the concept of being able to pick my favorite beer and poor it myself!  On top of that I enjoyed my beer with an order of Man Candy..... This will be a place I'll definitely stop by on future Vegas trips!"
  • "I was there last night for the grand opening, cool place!  They have a Self-Serve Beer Wall!  You pay for a card with credits on it and you can pour your beer from one of 12 taps.  I got a 40oz card. Conclustion: Beer and Bacon...who can argue with that?"
  • "Bartenders (especially Barbie & Judy) are great and a lot of fun! The food is really good and love that the Pizzas are still the same."
  • "Pour your own tap beer. Yes please. 60/40 bacon patty, oh yes"
  • "Try the burger 80%beef 20% BACON!! Yummy and the Wedge Salad is good too"

Negative Reviews:

  • "I enjoy the beer and food, however the service is actually quite awful. More waitress maybe?? I waited over 20 minutes with an empty glass. Not good for business."
  • "New name, new look, higher prices. Pizza and wings were good before, and they still are. Burgers and chicken Philly nothing special....Prices are inflated for a product that doesn't warrant it."
  • "Been a long time customer of Kerry's continuing thru the new ownership.....as is the same with much of the clientele.  I think what the Owners and these stupid "reality" shows have forgotten is that "if it ain't broke don't fix it".  I hate the new name.  I dislike the new decor.  I don't like the new food prep. We all loved our old bar...and deposited our money there on a regular basis.  Not now.  It no longer feels like home"
*Reviews from Yelp, Foursquare

Other Links:
  • Here is the Bacon Bar menu.  They kept a lot of the items from the Kerry's Sports Pub and added some bacon themed additions.  They have no Facebook page that I am aware of.
  • Here is a blog post that has a lot of pictures and a long review of the Bacon Bar.  Shawna also had a review of last week's The End restaurant as well.
 
Conclusion: 

It sounds like a lot of people like the Bacon Bar as they have above average reviews.  While other bars on the show usually have just a few reviews online after the makeover, the Bacon Bar had a good amount, which means a lot of people have gone to try it (Kerry's had 8 reviews since 2008 and Bacon Bar already has 16 reviews in a few months).  It seems that people like the bacon burgers, the man candy, and the pour your own draft beer wall.

There were some complaints about service and the increased prices, but looking at the menu, nothing seems too expensive to me.  Also, it seems that some of the regulars are upset that 'their' bar has changed, which happens a lot.


To see how all of the bars from Bar Rescue are doing, go to the Bar Rescue Update page, and also Like us on Facebook or Follow Us on Twitter to stay up to date with all things involving Bar Rescue.
 

62 comments:

  1. The last negative review: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Well, it was broke, and Taffer fixed it!

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  2. My exact thought! It was definitely "broke." It sounds as if this guy thinks he and his buddies were singlehandedly keeping the bar in business, with enough left over to provide for the owners, who were almost closed. Some people can't see past their own bar-stool.

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  3. I just watched the "makeover" for this bar and Taffer let those two
    thieving siblings off the hook. Hey John, what did their BevIntel
    reports look like? Why didn't you disclose that? I also found it ironic
    how the Grand Daughter exclaimed "no more over pouring now that
    (whatever her name was) is not here", and then she does the exact same
    thing! The only difference is the gal who was let go for over pouring
    wasn't caught on camera PULLING MONEY OUT OF THE REGISTER AND STICKING
    IT IN HER POCKET!!!! You effing thief! And don't give me that putting
    tips in the register BS, that's just a cover-up. They were stealing form
    the register -- plain and simple!


    If I was the Grand Father, they both would have been out the door. Although, if it were my money, I certainly wouldn't have invested in a place for those losers!

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  4. I love Bar Rescue and Taffer definitely knows his stuff, but I have a difficult time seeing anyone who is not already familiar with the venue going to a place called "Bacon Bar". It will be interesting if it works. First time I've really scratched my head watching this show.

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  5. Ive seen past shows where there were bartenders that really needed to be fired and were blatant about what they did. IMO, the two ladies that got fired in this episode, I think really deserved a second chance just like what the lady owner wanted to do. I could be wrong because I only saw a few minutes worth of footage of them. But my guy feeling says that they deserved a 2nd chance.Just my 02cents worth and Im not usually this kind in commenting about bad individuals on this show. And oh yeah, this episode also bypassed the self-serve draft beer station and I dont know what happened to that footage. My guess is that the editor did'nt alot enough time to get shown on t.v.

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  6. hahaha exactly. what a complete moron. "We deposited our money." That's nice, the owner was in $4 MILLION worth of debt. people don't think before they speak

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  7. see my above comment. what a complete ass that guy is. they were $4 Million in debt. but ya know, he spent like $100 there a week so they should have stayed Kerry's

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  8. The one bartender that got fired from the show lost her house and became evicted shortly after this was shot.

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  9. We just ate at the Bacon bar and all I can say is it was the worst service EVER!! 5 people 4 burgers all but one gets theirs, we all finish eating and it still hasn't arrived. The waitress admits to forgetting to order it but does nothing to speed up the arrival, she stays away from our table and the cooking area. Finally it arrives and she says" it was worth waiting for right?" REALLY no not alright! No I'm sorry or what can I do to make it up to you oh but she did tell our friend to help himself to our fries to hold him over while he waits and waits, REALLY. 180$ cab ride for two cabs to get there and this is how we are rewarded?? She was a piece of work!!

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  10. The service at the Bacon Bar was the worst EVER!! Waitress forgot to order one of our dinners and it didn't arrive until we were all done with our dinners. She told our friend to eat our fries while he waited....and waited...REALLY, how about an I'm Sorry or let me make it up to you or here are some free fries while you wait. She avoided our table and the cook station (why not TRY to speed them up). 180$ cab ride for two cabs to get there and this is how we are treated...REALLY? Jon better get back there and fire her butt!!!

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  11. Maybe she was keeping her house because she was stealing from others. HMMMM Jon was ABSOLUTELY right when he called them out for stealing. There are always consequences for our actions. She should own up and accept that her actions (stealing) put her where she ended up. You gotta do what's right. The grandkids were just as bad, only difference... Family. I would have fired them too, but then there wouldn't be a happy ending with family triumph! Gonna visit next trip to Vegas!

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  12. I live in the midwest and the food here is shit, and everyone is fat.

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  13. That's sad to hear kittens. I moved from the midwest in 87 it must have been a different time then. Technology has taken its tole on humanity. I myself am an artist and to me part of art is food. I wish people still took pride in feeding the masses like they used to.

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  14. Residents of other cities or counties in this state must also know how to deal with eviction problems.

    First of all, it is necessary to be familiar with your rights as a renter.

    The state government of California has passed several laws to safeguard tenants against illegal eviction.

    Even then, many landlords still continue to violate the civil liberties of their tenants.

    if you need more informacon check how to fight eviction

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  15. Personally, I haven't noticed too much of a difference since the "Makeover". It seems to be much less busy on Sundays now however then it was previous years.

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  16. Just went for the first time as the Bacon Bar, had gone years ago as Kerry's. The Bartender, Justin, was great and had great customer service, The food was great. We didn't try the bacon, outside of the bacon on out potato skins. Chili was great, and the Stromboli was fantastic. I read about the show and the reviews after we went, but have to say, this is our new favorite place! Not smokey, not too crowded, billiards & music, and friendly staff and customers. We are hosting a company happy hour next week there :) Whatever happened, it apparently worked, as none of the negative things were obvious to us, but we weren't looking for them either.

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  17. When will people stop believing everything they see on not-so-reality TV? If only you guys knew exactly what really goes on behind the scenes of this show and what the bar owners have to agree too. Smh

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  18. I've never got the impression Taffer or Ramsay are assholes. They're actually really smart guys. It's the people they work with. They're the assholes - negligent, lazy, trashy, hypocritical, arrogant, failures who treat their families like shit and don't care if they make their customers sick. Taffer might yell at them, but assholes need to be yelled at.

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  19. I have eaten there twice. The pizza was good, had a nice crowd, and it seemed popular with the local police.

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  20. I wouldn't comment until I knew exactly what I was talking about. Jon Taffer, Gordon Ramsey etc are not paying their own money to fix these places up. They are being paid by spike tv, food network etc. These companies pay the hosts and the tab to fix up the restaurants. These men are not assholes. They are very smart business men who are HIRED to help people (the assholes) get their shit together. I think I would be pissed and yell a little too if I had to deal with a bunch of reject idiots that didn't know what the hell they are doing. Your an idiot if you think jon Taffer and Gordon Ramsey are paying their own money to be on t.v. wtf??? Really?? Go midwest...way to represent the inbreds.

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  21. you don't retain thieves.....Once a thief always a thief

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  22. b-o-o h-o-o
    She maybe could of shown some integrity and character and honest. should we give her job back to her? maybe she'll keep stealing
    WTF is wrong with you people. She was a TERRIBLE employee.
    If she was worth a sh#t she would of gotten another job quickly

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  23. Yeah, I guess if your cooking is all about deep fat fried everything and chicken fried steak.......

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  24. Still peppering the threads with this OCD stuff, huh? If you have info on "what really goes on behind the scenes of this show", do tell, or STFU.

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  25. the grandfather was trying to do the right thing for the but the ungreatfull jerk Justin could care less...he wants to be bigshot on someone's else's money.....he should be repaying the 4 million dollars on a monthly basis.....

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  26. I think the only reason Taffer is on TV is because he's an asshole with money. Assholes thrive on TV today because the human race loves them. Don't believe me Gordon Ramsay, Jersey Shore, Jon Taffer. All assholes with money to buy their way onto TV. What the fuck is the matter with humanity. Too bad TV rules your lives.......

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  27. I live in Las Vegas. The city is thick with thieves. I say let the bar die less auto accidents to worry about. Let them all go live in boxes on gas ave. I don't care I don't drink.

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  28. And I don't care about the bar food here I'm from the midwest where people know how to cook.

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  29. Service doesn't matter either Customer Service in this country has gone to shit. 8 dollar an hour workers don't give a shit about you they want you to leave...

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  30. This concept is such a no-brainer, I can't believe someone didn't do it before. Bacon makes EVERYTHING better!

    Two of the three negative reviews seem to be from prior regulars. Well, you guys obviously weren't regular enough to make the business profitable, so we can easily dismiss your opinions. I'm glad that people seem to like this place because, my god, what a great concept! And what great decor! Anyone saying the decor was better before is clearly deluded. This is a good-looking establishment; one of the best transformations I've seen on the show.

    I want bacon in my burger. I want bacon in my drink. I want bacon-wrapped bacon. I WANT BACON! How could this concept possibly fail unless the kitchen was terrible and the service sucked? This is something you could actually build a franchise around. I want a Bacon Bar near me! Seriously, I don't know why this isn't everywhere.

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  31. Translation: Our cheap asses got pushed aside once they started treating it like a business and real paying customers started showing up, so now we're all butt-hurt.

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  32. Really? Are you a human? Do you eat meat? Then you have probably heard of bacon? It's only the most delicious meat EVER. If I were driving down the road and I saw a sign that said "bacon" and "bar," I would immediately seek out the establishment for which that sign existed. This is literally the best bar concept ever created.

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  33. You're boring and stupid.

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  34. How are either Taffer or Ramsey assholes? Both are lending their time and expertise (albeit while being paid to do it) to owners of failing businesses. If you have half a brain, then it's easy to see that both are offering good advice. It actually shocks me how often Ramsey offers the same advice to failing business owners (such as making a smaller menu). You'd think by now that it would be common knowledge.

    I don't give a shit if they yell at people. That's exactly what a business owner has to do sometimes. It seems like both of them try to use that to show the business owner the attitude that they need to have to run a business successfully. No, you don't have to constantly yell, and neither of them do. But you DO need to yell when shit is fucked up, and that's exactly what they try to instill. A business owner needs to be tough when things aren't right. These guys aren't assholes, they're the opposite: they're telling them everything they need to know in order to succeed.

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  35. Ah, now I see why you constantly harp about the realities of reality tv. You got hosed by one and now you're an expert.

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  36. Epic meal time would over this bar

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  37. lol the local police like the bacon bar? quite fitting

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  38. She should have been a better waitress. If you suck at your job, you get fired... The only down side was that the 2 siblings didn't get fired too. The mom too should have been fired. They should have hired all new staff. If you cant fire an employee that is stealing or not doing their job then you need to find another line of work too.

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  39. Princess StarlightApril 21, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Oh, will you shut the fuck up already? You've been at this for awhile now and it is getting annoying. Just because you got screwed over by one TV show doesn't mean you have to rake the coals over all of them.

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  40. These owners haven't learned a thing. I've been coming here for almost over 10 years. Pizza and wings have always been great thats what keeps me coming back but the last few visits sucked! they had drake and lil wayne rap bullshit playing. Even my 20 year old son was pissed cuz he likes the music just not in that atmosphere. he's the one who walked up to justin and told him the music was garbage and if jon taffer would approve of it he then told him it wasn't the house music and it would turn off soon. BS its been the same music for the past 3 visits. Also their friends playing beer pong next to the bar! is this a frat boy spot or a bar?! Friday night you would think its busy but its dead! No events no fun and garbage music.

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  41. We've just added the Bacon Bar to the Las Vegas Sports Bars category. You can help others out by adding your review there.

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  42. We have no idea if he was $4 million in debt.. hasn't this website taught you this is a reality tv show? A lot of people aren't in any debt and don't need the "rescue".
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  43. A little cheating off of the Taffer temple but this bar has been saved!!!

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  44. I recently went there but did not know it was turned into a gay bar

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  45. Eric Anthony BruzzeseAugust 3, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    Absolutely!!!

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  46. We are here visiting from Chicago Illinois and we're very excited to stop and check out the bacon bar as we are big fans of bar rescue. However the service was terrible and we even sat right at the bar. The teriyaki burger was awful they press the burger so that all the juices were squished out of it and the burger was like leather

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  47. Your comment makes me want to have the biggest glass of beer that I can possibly find.

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  48. It was so great to FINALLY see a kitchen that was not a filthy health hazard. The competent and clean chef being a Black brother was a bonus. 😊👍

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  49. Thank you! I'm watching the episode now thinking everything you just said. Little late but I had to see if someone else caught that.

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  50. Rochelle...obviously you believed what you saw on reality TV since you were on it. You were willing to sign up for a free ride then you piss and moan when it doesn't go the way you want it. It's as pathetic as the bars that call for help, take money and then abandon the concept or don't give it a fair shake.

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  51. Are the negative reviews coming from people who use to drink for free

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  52. WOW!!!! $180 for a cab to get there. A missing burger would be the least of my worries.

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  53. I know. It's all about Tim.

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  54. The owner had faulty reasons for starting a bar. Next, putting his daughter, Kim, in charge as general manager was a big mistake. Worse, both the grandchildren should also have been fired as we're Jana and Melidy. But noooooo, it has to be a "family" business so double standards.

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  55. If I was that dried up old fossil of a grandfather I wouldn't own a bar. Talk about risking your future, as much future as you can have when you are 173 years old already..... His daughter was a worthless pushover and the grandkids need a spanking. Although the boy looked like he would love to be spanked....

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  56. Businesses are not charitable organizations. It's not the bar's fault that those airheaded space cadets have no brain, no skills and no talent. Let them eat cake.

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  57. I am human and I do not eat meat. I eat nothing that has feet or hooves. What's your rationale for me? LOL!!!

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  58. You could have almost bought a car for what the cab cost you..... Who pays 180 bucks for a cab ride?

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  59. Only thing better would be if they also had a Krispy Kreem donut rack.

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  60. How do these employees not see those HUGE cameras they allegedly install?

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  61. My husband and I went not too long ago and their self service area was broken. Not to mention the staff was complaining about the remodel. They also mentioned the bar rescue was just for show and they absolutely hate how their bar is. There was no energy in the bar and it was practically empty, except a couple of cops eating. Also, the food was just to heavy and made me want to throw up.

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