Saturday, May 14, 2022

The Loft (Cerealholic Cafe & Bar) - Bar Rescue Update

In this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Ybor City, Florida to rescue Cerealholic Cafe & Bar.  Cerealholic opened in early 2021 as a cereal themed cafe/bar that uses different cereals to help create menu items. The bar is owned by Darrell and Lisa Lawson and their son Brandon is helping run the place.  Part of the reason for starting the bar was to honor their son Alex who passed away in 2019.  The cereal theme seems to have fallen flat and never took off.  The bar/restaurant is now losing about $9,000 a month and Darrell and Lisa's life savings are in jeopardy.


During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer decided to change the name of Cerealholic Cafe & Bar to The Loft Elevated Bar + Food and the bar has kept the name. Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for The Loft since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):


Friday, May 13, 2022

Solids & Stripes (Zanzbar) - Bar Rescue Update

Zanzbar in Denver, Colorado appeared on Bar Rescue in March of 2013 and was renamed to Solids & Stripes during the episode, but the bar did not keep the name.  They went back to Zanzbar, but they go by Zanzibar Billiards now.  This episode was most known for the owner Ami Benari calling Brian Duffy "fat boy" and almost getting into a fight with Jon Taffer over the incident.  The bar still remains open to this day, so lets take a look at some reviews and news that relate to Zanzibar (Stars & Stripes).


Saturday, May 7, 2022

Jimmy's (JF Kicks) - Bar Rescue Update

In this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Valrico, Florida to rescue JF Kick's.  JF Kicks was purchased in 2019 by brothers Johnny and Jimmy Spieldenner and the bar was booming to start.  Jimmy tragically passed away and things started to go downhill for the bar.  JF Kicks was short staffed and Johnny had to get his 18 year-old son Tanner to help run the kitchen.  The stress of the bar has impacted Johnny's health he is supposedly $300,000 in debt.


During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer decided to change the name of JF Kicks to Jimmy's, but the bar changed their name back to JF Kicks. Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for JF Kicks since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):


Friday, April 22, 2022

SandTown Pub (JJ's Chicken Bar) - Bar Rescue Update

In this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Atlanta, Georgia to rescue SandTown Pub.  The owner Fredericka Jones decided to open the bar in 2017 after working in the fast food industry for 40 years. Fredericka is not there too often and the staff is untrained and undisciplined, so she has turned to her daughter Amber to help manage the bar.  Fredericka is supposedly $200,000 in debt and has cashed in her 401k to help open the bar.  SandTown Pub is in danger of closing which would cause her to lose everything. 



During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer decided to change the name of SandTown Pub to JJ's Chicken Bar, but the bar quickly changed it back. Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for SandTown Pub since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):


Friday, April 15, 2022

Tropica Bar & Cafe (Confetti's) - Bar Rescue Update

In this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Norcross, Georgia to rescue Confetti's Bar & Grill.  The bar is owned by Scott Cohen who bought the bar in 2018 with the help of his father to fulfill a lifelong dream. After battling a childhood illness and losing his father, Scott is motivated to make Confetti's a success.  His lack of experience has caused the bar to suffer and he seems more interested in the social aspect of the bar instead of the business side.  He is an absentee owner and the bar is supposedly losing about $4,000 a month leaving him about $75,000 in debt and months away from closing.



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


Saturday, April 9, 2022

The GW (G. Willicker's Bar) - Bar Rescue Update

In this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Arlington, Texas to rescue G Willicker's Bar.  G Willicker's was opened by Clarence Grider and the bar was initially a success.  Then in 2019, Clarence passed away and left the bar to his widow.  Just a year after that, his widow passed away, which left the bar in the hands of Clarence's three daughters.  Without any experience running a bar, the problems at the bar began to mount and the bar is supposedly losing over $100,000 a month. 



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


Friday, April 1, 2022

Char Bar & BBQ (The Brick Tavern) - Bar Rescue Update

In this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Sachse, Texas to rescue The Brick Tavern.  The Brick Tavern is owned by Charlene Winter who is a successful real estate executive who decided to get into the bar business.  She bought the bar in 2012 and it initially had success due to its loyal customer base. Charlene is supposedly $530,000 in debt and has tapped into her retirement funds. Jon needs to help Charlene to become a better boss and to help get her personal assistant Cassie to step up and lead the bar.



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


Saturday, March 26, 2022

Ace's A Sporting Bar & Grill (Ace's Sports Hangar) - Bar Rescue Update

In this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in The Colony, TX to rescue Ace's Sports Hangar.  The owners Will and Candace Kuhn purchased the bar in August 2020 and they own multiple bars in the area.  They purchased the bar during the pandemic and Candace has been running the bar with hopes of opening additional bars.  After a year in business, the bar is draining the finances of the owners and is supposedly losing $15,000 a month. 



During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer decided to change the name of Ace's Sports Hangar to Ace's A Sporting Bar & Grill and the bar did keep the name, however the bar closed just a few months after the makeover. Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for Ace's A Sporting Bar since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar:


Saturday, March 19, 2022

Stadium Club Bar & Grill (Gilly's Sports Bar) - Bar Rescue Update

In this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Dunwoody, Georgia to rescue Gilly's The Spot.  Gilly's is owned by Willie Chandler who has been in the hospitality industry his whole life. The bar is supposedly losing between $2,500 and $5,000 a month and Willie is supposedly $275,000 in debt and 60 days from closing.  The kitchen is so dirty that even the employees will not eat the food there.  Jon needs to get Willie to regain his passion for his bar in hopes that things turn around.



During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer decided to change the name of Gilly's The Spot to Stadium Club Bar & Grill and the bar went back to their original name of Gilly's. Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for Stadium Club Bar & Grill/Gilly's since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):


Monday, March 14, 2022

Fogline Bar & Grill Owner Convicted of Cocaine Smuggling - Bar Is Closed

Fogline Bar & Grill in Hayward, California which appeared on season 5 of Bar Rescue has closed.  Lemack "Lee" Bellot was the owner who appeared on the Bar Rescue episode, and he was recently convicted of smuggling cocaine through SFO airport.

Lee Bellot was charged in a 2019 indictment, but details about the case were recently revealed as there was a trial set to happen.  According to the indictment, Lee met with an undercover DEA informant who was posing as an Atlanta area drug dealer.  In meetings that happened at Fogline Bar & Grill, Lee said he had a connection with someone who could sneak drugs around the country.  He had allegedly been paying airline employees to allow drugs to be smuggled past security. He was quoted as allegedly saying, "I had a connect. I’d run 10 bricks to Philly, 10 bricks to Ohio, and 10 bricks of china white to Miami, I used but my boy got popped. But I did find someone else recently.”

Some details about the case from Mercury News:

In one instance, on Nov. 28, 2018, the confidential source allegedly checked luggage at San Francisco International Airport, at Bellot and Askew’s direction, which made it onto a flight without being flagged by screeners, prosecutors say. This occurred after the informant allegedly handed over $8,500 in cash for a smuggling fee.

In another case, the agent attempted to board a flight with sham cocaine, only to be stopped by the Transportation Security Administration, but the DEA intervened so that the undercover operation wouldn’t be revealed, prosecutors say.


In early March 2022, Lee Bellot was found guilty of the charges against him according to Bay City News - one for attempting to aid and abet the possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and another count for 5 kilograms or more of cocaine.  A date for sentencing has not been set, but he faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 plus restitution on the first count, as well as life in prison and a fine of $500,000 on the second count.


Fogline Bar & Grill was originally named Russel City Grill before Bar Rescue did the makeover and changed the name.  They did keep the new name and here is the detailed update for that episode.  The phone number to the bar is no longer in service, there is no current liquor license and a recent Yelp review stated, "Read news item that FEDS raided the place and drugs were found/distributed. Been there a few times, but it's location is not ideal for me. But, parking lot has a chain on it now."  All this coupled with the recent conviction of Lee, Fogline Bar & Grill has been marked as 'Closed' on the Bar Rescue Updates page