Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Comeback From Bar Rescue Has Closed

The Comeback Bar & Grill in Tucker, Georgia from season 3 (1st set) of Bar Rescue has closed.  The landlord of the building reached out to me to let me know the bar closed on October 22, 2017.  The Comeback is marked as 'Closed' on Google, the bar website has been taken down, and the phone number no longer works.  A Facebook post by a patron says that the bar was bought out, but other than that there isn't too much information on why the bar closed.  The Comeback Bar & Grill Facebook page stopped posting on October 15th, so they didn't provide a reason for closing.

The Comeback Bar & Grill was originally named Barlow's before Bar Rescue did the makeover in 2013 and they kept the name of the bar.  The Comeback is now marked as 'Closed' on the Bar Rescue Updates Page and this is the 8th bar from season 3 (1st set) of Bar Rescue to close.

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.

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):

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Bar Rescue - Press Box (The Dugout) Update

On tonight's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Chicago, Illinois to try to rescue The Dugout.  The Dugout is a bar that is very close to Wrigley Field, which is where the Chicago Cubs play.  The Dugout is infested with fruit flies and is supposedly losing $30,000 to $40,000 each off-season.

During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer decided to change the name of The Dugout to Press Box and the bar has somewhat kept the name. Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for Press Box since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Bar Rescue - Summit House Grill and Tap Update

On tonight's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Lakewood, Colorado to try to rescue Summit House Grill and Tap. Summit House's owner Josh is excessively drinking which is causing issues with both his bar and his marriage.  The bar is supposedly losing $4,500 a month and has a debt of $750,000.

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

Friday, February 24, 2017

Frankie T's (Freaki Tiki) From Bar Rescue Has Closed

Frankie T's Dive Bar (Freaki Tiki), which appeared on Bar Rescue in April 2016 has closed. The bar celebrated its final weekend this past weekend after being in business for over nine years.  Pictured right is the advertisement for the final weekend thanking everybody for the friendships and memories.

Owner Frank shared the advertisement saying,  "Thanks for the memories my friends. What a ride it has been. Time to be married to my wife instead of married to the business. Stop by and say hi this weekend. We'd love to see you."  So it appears he is looking forward to spending time with his family.

This is the first bar from season 4 (fifth set) of Bar Rescue to close and the Bar Rescue Update Page has been updated to show Frankie T's as Closed.  Also, here is the original update for Frankie T's if you are interested. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Bar Rescue - Downstairs Bar + Kitchen (State Pub) Update

On tonight's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Englewood, Colorado to try to rescue State Pub (St8 Pub). State pub is supposedly $35,000 in debt with $25,000 from rent and $10,000 from a loan.  After 13 months of not paying rent to his landlord, owner Sean supposedly has five weeks to pay in full or be shut down for good.  His drunken behavior is supposedly causing a decline at the bar and is driving customers away.  Also during recon, Jon Taffer sees some unsanitary food being made in the kitchen.

During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer decided to change the name of State Pub to Downstairs Bar + Kitchen and the bar has kept the name. Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for Downstairs Bar + Kitchen since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Oasis Hookah Lounge (Taza Nightclub) From Bar Rescue Has Closed

Oasis Hookah Lounge (Taza Nightclub), which appeared on Bar Rescue in April of 2014 has closed. The bar was renamed to Taza Nightclub, but they changed their name back to Oasis Hookah Lounge in 2016.

The bar posted the following message on their Facebook Page after closing on February 5, 2017:
"Omaha, it has been a fun 6 1/2 years. Thank you for all the support over that time, thru all the ups and downs. Thank you to all the staff that has worked here and busted their ass for this place. Thank you to all the DJs that kept the party going every weekend and kept you moving. And finally thank you to you, the loyal Hookah Heads that have been puff, puff, passing it with us since July 16th, 2010.
We will genuinely miss you and we just hope we made a few fun memories for you all.
So goodbye for now and See You in the Smoke!!!!"

Taza/Oasis has had some issues with disturbances at the bar and had to report to Omaha City Council multiple times about their liquor license (more details in original post).  This was part of the reason that the nightclub theme was dropped and they went back to the hookah/lounge theme.  In December 2016, Omaha City Council stripped Oasis Hookah Lounge of their liquor license citing 911 calls over the years. Oasis could have appealed to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission, which it appears they did.  I am not sure if Oasis is closing due to a failed appeal or if Jesse decided to close the bar on his own.

Oasis Hookah Lounge has now been marked as Closed on the Bar Rescue Update Page.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Panic Room (Tonic Lounge) From Bar Rescue Has Closed

Photo - Spike
Panic Room in Portland, Oregon which was featured on season 4 of Bar Rescue has closed.  The bar was originally called Tonic Lounge, but was renamed to Panic Room by Bar Rescue and Jon Taffer in April of 2015.  In August of 2016, the bar changed their name to The Raven which only lasted a few months as they are now closed.

Williamette Week reported that the bar was closed, but there isn't too much information on why the bar closed.  The website reached out to he booking manager of The Raven who confirmed that the bar has closed by simply responding to an email with, "The Venue is closed."

When the bar changed their name to The Raven in August 2016, the booking manager didn't have positive things to say about Bar Rescue.  He stated, "The sign and name were horrible, the show was absolute staged and edited bullshit, the props were cheap and silly, and all the actual stage and lighting gear was rented or borrowed and we didn’t get to keep. The show did irreparable damage to the venue’s image, and provided no benefits other than a small amount of decent furniture"

The Raven (formerly Panic Room and Tonic Lounge) is the second bar from season 4 (3rd set) of Bar Rescue to close and the Bar Rescue Updates Page has been updated to show the bar as closed.