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.