Sunday, November 17, 2013

Bar Rescue - Brew U (Fairways Golf & Grill) Update

Photo - Facebook
On tonight's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are once again in Murfreesboro, Tennessee to rescue a bar called Fairways Golf & Grill.  This is the 2nd week in a row a Bar Rescue episode was in Murfreesboro after the M T Bottle rescue last week.  Fairways Golf & Grill is a golf themed bar that is operating under unsanitary conditions and Jon Taffer is there to 'clean house.'  During the Bar Rescue makeover, the name went from Fairways Golf & Grill to Brew U.

Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates of Brew U since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (note - all reviews are post Bar Rescue).

  • "Not a great location but happy hour pretty much all day and great bar food! Try the grilled cheese or wings!"
  • "Come check it out. Great food and awesome prices on beer and alcohol!"
  • "My husband never got his food. He had to watch me eat dinner while the kitchen figured out how to fry a chicken sandwich. Meanwhile, there were customers yelling at each other across the dining area and a waitress with a baby. Horrible. John Taffer would be very upset to witness this incompetence."
  • "Terrible service, mediocre food....."
Reviews from Foursquare and Brew U Facebook

Other News and Stories:
  • The bar is going by its new name Brew U and keeps an up to date Facebook page.  Also, here is the website Bar Rescue set up for them which is just a menu listing food and drinks.
  • Brew U is throwing a Bar Rescue viewing party tonight at the bar, which is usually a good sign that they are satisfied with the changes.
  • Someone on a Middle Tennessee State forum wrote: "Came by Brew U Saturday the 21st at lunch on. Maybe six cars out front...suspect four were workers...Put a fork in them, they are done. I for one would be fearful of the freshness of any food at that place. That side of town is just not going to support a sit down restaurant."
  • Jon Taffer will be live tweeting for this episode on Twitter using the hashtag #TafferTalk.  Jon also sent a tweet out that said: "I'm so excited about this week's #BarRescue that I'll be tweeting in real time to see your reactions! Don't miss it! INSANE!"
  • The previews of the episode show someone throwing up from bad beer, black mold in the kitchen, and mushrooms growing in a walk-in.


I find it kind of odd that Bar Rescue chose to makeover two bars in the city of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, but the show seems to be making over multiple bars in each city they visit now, probably to reduce production costs.  Maybe Brandi and Big Smo from MT Bottle will make an appearance?

It seems like Jon Taffer will be going after the college kids with this Bar Rescue due to the close proximity to Middle Tennessee State University and with the new name of Brew U.  The few reviews seem to be mixed, however the recent pictures on the Brew U Facebook page seem like there are pretty good crowds there.  We will have to see if this episode is actually "INSANE" or if Jon is just trying to get more people to watch.  The success of this bar will most likely depend on the students of Middle Tennessee State.

Update from end of the show: Eight weeks after the relaunch.. Fairways was losing $7,000 each month...Now monthly sales at Brew U have climbed to $5,000. Kevin continues to call Richard. Richard has not returned his calls.

UPDATE 12/2014 - Brew U has closed.  More information on the closing.

*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.


  1. You soooooo needed John. What were you thinking! Mushrooms in the walkin? Good God man.

  2. Disgusting!! The owner should be jailed for allowing those filthy conditions -- not given a newly renovated bar. Waste of time. Brew U will fail.

  3. The notes said that sales "climbed to $5000 a month". Not very good if that is accurate. I mean, their lease is probably most of that....

  4. I agree 1000% I'd never go in there !

  5. Just shows the importance of employing a person such as Taffer prior to purchasing or starting any business without knowing the demographics.

  6. Did they maybe mean profit of $5000 and not sales? Because if that was sales then maybe it's time to mow lawns or something.

  7. Chain establishments may be sterile and corporate, but they tend to have better processes in place for cleanliness. It's to the point where I'd be afraid to go to any locally owned establishment unless Taffer has been there first. "Taffer Certified", lol.

  8. its better than losing 7K a month. and in that area i doubt the lease is that much.

  9. I tried live tweeting Taffer about that. No response of course. 5,000 is extremely low. I lived in a town of 1500 people and worked in a pizza place. The pizza place made 2000, a night. 5000 is pathetic

  10. I went in Saturday Nov sixteenth, i got beer in a warm glass, and the service was so bad ten minutes later my wife and I tabbed out and left. Might have been thirteen guests. Nine at the bar. Sure seems like a huge waste of time. I'm not going back. Murfreesboro has a lot of great places to go. Why bother with that mess

  11. Though the concept of a bar that features coffee sounded good, the redesign was quite a bit lacking. To me, it just didn't look like there would ever be enough seating to be profitable. And if they are only doing $5000 a month in sales, that is pretty pathetic. They should be doing at least $5000 a week in sales.

  12. Made my skin crawl!

  13. Before bar rescue, they have NOT had a health inspection in 3 years god knows how many people got sick. You think those f**kers in the health department would do something!

  14. I'm just wondering why there is not a federally-regulated small business rescue program being introduced by Wall Street since they got 37 trillion dollars in financial assistance from taxpayers since 2008? Shouldn't that money come with some stipulations at least? Perhaps helping the economy in addition to trading stocks?

  15. What??? 37 trillion dollars? I think you are a bit confused! Also, why would I be forced to bail out ANY business? If a business can't succeed don't you think it should just go away?

  16. I am sorry, you must be saying that Reuters, Bloomberg News, Bernie Sanders, Alan Grayson and the Wall Street Journal are all liars?

  17. Of course you can provide proof of these "secret" programs right??

  18. "A fresh narrative of the financial crisis of 2007 to 2009
    emerges from 29,000 pages of Fed documents obtained under the
    Freedom of Information Act and central bank records of more than
    21,000 transactions. While Fed officials say that almost all of
    the loans were repaid and there have been no losses, details
    suggest taxpayers paid a price beyond dollars as the secret
    funding helped preserve a broken status quo and enabled the
    biggest banks to grow even bigger" -Bloomberg News Nov. 27th 2011

    "$7.77 Trillion; the amount of money the central bank parceled out was
    surprising even to Gary H. Stern, president of the Federal
    Reserve Bank of Minneapolis from 1985 to 2009, who says he
    “wasn’t aware of the magnitude.” It dwarfed the Treasury
    Department’s better-known $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief
    Program, or TARP. Add up guarantees and lending limits, and the
    Fed had committed $7.77 trillion as of March 2009 to rescuing
    the financial system, more than half the value of everything
    produced in the U.S. that year." -Bloomberg News Nov. 27th 2011

  19. Fed’s Once-Secret Data Compiled by Bloomberg Released to Public

    Dec 23rd 2011

    "$16 trillion -- The “total transaction amounts” for Fed lending included in a July 21, 2011, study by the Government Accountability Office, a non-partisan investigative agency that reports to Congress."

  20. “When all individual transactions are summed across all facilities created to deal with the crisis, the Fed committed a total of $29,616.4 billion dollars. This includes direct lending plus asset purchases. Three facilities -- CBLS, PDCF, and TAF -- overshadow all other facilities, and make up 71.1 percent ($22,826.8 billion) of all assistance.” –Randall Wray Huffington Post + Bloomberg News


  21. GAO Finds Serious Conflicts at the Fed

    October 19, 2011

    "The 108-page report found that at least 18 specific current and former Fed board members were affiliated with banks and companies that received emergency loans from the Federal Reserve during the financial
    crisis. In the dry and understated language of auditors, the report noted that there are no restrictions in Fed rules on directors communicating concerns about their respective banks to the staff of the Federal Reserve. It also said many directors own stock or work directly for banks that are supervised and regulated by the Federal Reserve. The rules, which the Fed has kept secret, let directors tied to banks participate
    in decisions involving how much interest to charge financial institutions and how much credit to provide healthy banks and institutions in
    "hazardous" condition. Even when situations arise that run afoul of
    Fed's conflict rules and waivers are granted, the GAO said the waivers are kept hidden from the public."


  22. Current balance sheet last reported 0% interest loans;

    Citigroup: $2.5 trillion ($2,500,000,000,000)

    Morgan Stanley: $2.04 trillion ($2,040,000,000,000)

    Merrill Lynch: $1.949 trillion ($1,949,000,000,000)

    Bank of America: $1.344 trillion ($1,344,000,000,000)

    Barclays PLC (United Kingdom): $868 billion ($868,000,000,000)

    Bear Sterns: $853 billion ($853,000,000,000)

    Goldman Sachs: $814 billion ($814,000,000,000)

    Royal Bank of Scotland (UK): $541 billion ($541,000,000,000)

    JP Morgan Chase: $391 billion ($391,000,000,000)

    Deutsche Bank (Germany): $354 billion ($354,000,000,000)

    UBS (Switzerland): $287 billion ($287,000,000,000)

    Credit Suisse (Switzerland): $262 billion ($262,000,000,000)

    Lehman Brothers: $183 billion ($183,000,000,000)

    Bank of Scotland (United Kingdom): $181 billion ($181,000,000,000)

    BNP Paribas (France): $175 billion ($175,000,000,000)

  23. "Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) amended the Wall Street Reform law to audit the Fed, pushing the GAO to step in and take a look around. Upon hearing the announcement that the first-ever audit would take place in July, the media was bowled over and nearly every broadcast network and
    newspaper covered the story. However, the audit’s findings were almost
    completely overlooked, even with a number as high as $16 trillion staring all of us in the face." -Forbes

  24. "Socialism" works. . . if you are rich.

  25. I think they mean that total sales are up $5,000.00 a month, as in the Black, and not down $7,000.00 a month, as in the RED and losing money.

  26. Man, the best part of the episode was the friend/cook. I doubt that a man who couldn't cook a hamburger went to culinary school or won cooking awards

  27. If they were losing $7,000 a month and the sales climbed to $5,000, then that means they are still losing at least $2,000 a month. That's assuming that sales were $0 a month before the rescue.

  28. I am assuming the mis-spoke and meant $5000 profit per month. I'm sure they are doing more than an average of $160 per day. that would be about 5 people per day.

  29. Yeah I don't think they could stage that mushroom growing out of the wall. lol

  30. To $5,000 a month means to me $5,000 above 0.

  31. or at least, actually considering the demograpohics in the first place!

  32. Wow. Spoken like a true liberal. Small businesses are the heart and sole of our country, I really don't think you want them to just "go away".

  33. Went tonight, the service was awful. My three friends and I were there
    for two hours waiting to get our food. All together the trip was three
    hours which is extremely too long for any place to go to. They need more
    servers and I feel the owner didn't listen to everything from the show
    and changed everything after they left.

  34. Did you read the post? It was about the proverbial bailout of Wall Street without similar consideration for "Main Street." The group best known for railing against the financial industry bailout, FYI, is the Tea Party.

  35. Just visited on 2/8/14...walked in and sat at the bar for 5 minutes or so. Never got served. Place was nasty. Something was spilled on the bar and looked like it had been there a while and never cleaned up. The other tables were dirty. For a place that had been rescued it was a dump. It won't be long before its shut down for good

  36. I think they dropped a 0 by accident.

  37. $600,000 a year is about right if they are busy. About $1700 generated revenue a day.

  38. So who has been in? I see on their facebook that the golf is back, that's got to change the look of the makeover.

  39. That kevin guy works at the Murfreesboro hooters now and is still a dumass.

  40. that had to mean 5k profit per month....i mean it cant mean sales, that would be about 200.00/day total bar is that slow with food

  41. even after make over my skin crawls crawls seeing intros!!

  42. it's tennessee! look at their children services!!

  43. Sales are sales NOT profits. They have to cover rent, wages, utilities, advertising, etc. $5K a month won't cut it.

  44. I have relatives in Murfreesboro. We went to a bar while I was there that I don't remember. I hope it wasn't Fairways. I especially hope we didn't eat there! DISGUSTING! Do they have health inspectors in TN???

  45. I hope somebody is inspecting the kitchen!

  46. After Taffer and crew leave a place, the same idiots remain.

  47. Guys want an Update on Brew U? We are live tonight at 8pm est with an update on Brew U..

    Check it out as Richard gave us an update on how its been since the show aired..

  48. Trausti HraunfjordJuly 27, 2014 at 5:03 AM

    They had their own home-grown mushrooms in the cooler.... now THAT's cool and innovative and resource responsible :)

  49. Trausti HraunfjordJuly 27, 2014 at 5:06 AM

    Most likely it should read: PROFITS climbed to 5000 per month.

    If it was total sales at 5000 per month, it would not even pay for rent.

  50. You know something is not right when they have a camera in the bathroom showing a guy throwing up. I don't think you can legally get a way with that. Just confirms that the program is staged.

  51. Wife and I decided to try this place out a couple of days ago, and was so not impressed; server had no clue about the menu, entire facility was dirty, bathroom looked like it had not been cleaned in a couple months, the food was over cooked and over salted, and the Guinness beer was served warm. Under no circumstances would we ever go back to this place; could have recieved better food and service across the street at McDonald's!

  52. Let me get this straight. You ridicule the other guy because you assume he's a "true liberal", which leads me to conclude you're a conservative. Not just any conservative, but one that apparently believes the government should be using tax dollars to prop up small businesses.

    Oh and FYI - I own a small business myself. A successful and highly profitable one. I can't stand when people like you think small businesses are the end all and be all. Just remember, all the disgusting establishments Taffer visits on his shows are small businesses, and I would be outraged if a penny of my taxes went to any of those dumps for any purpose short of burning them down.

  53. I may be a bit late to this party but Reuters, Bloomberg News, Bernie Sanders, Alan Grayson and the Wall Street Journal are all ultra-leftist communist-agenda serving entities, and Sanders is a raging marxist. Anything ANY of those entities say is going to be 100% bullsh*t. I bet a million bucks that you're an Occutard too.

  54. Just drove past Brew U. The place is closed, and the last event posted is for 10/24

  55. No wonder Fairways Golf and Grill is gone, it had black mold in the back and mushrooms growing in one of the walk ins.

  56. I Wish I could go to Brew U!!

  57. So you're insinuating what, that ultra-conservative media outlets like Fox are more credible? Have you seen their news casting, ever, through a subjective lens? It's an absolute joke.