Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Campbell's Irish Pub (Packy's) From Bar Rescue Has Closed

Campbell's Irish Pub in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which was featured on season 4 of Bar Rescue has closed.  The bar closed in April 2022 after the owners were able to sell the building.  The bar was listed for sale for about 5 years and eventually sold in April 2022 for $325,000.  According to a local article, the building will most likely not be another bar as the new owner owns a landscaping business. 

Right after closing, Campbell's Irish Pub posted the following message on their Facebook page, "Twenty two years... What can I say except thank you to all of the staff, customers and clients who became family, to everyone supporting us through ups and downs, and to you, my husband, for allowing us the life to raise three amazing children with the flexibility to work some crazy hours, hosting fundraisers for friends and causes, helping people out who needed a second chance, and the many teams you've sponsored and events hosted... So many wonderful amazing memories!! Some of the best memories were made this past month with the support from all of you!! I love you Packy and look forward to what happens next!! Partner in life and love!"


Campbell's Irish Pub appeared on season 4 of Bar Rescue and the makeover was done in October 2014.  The episode aired in December 2014 and the bar was renamed from Packy's Pub to Campbell's Irish Pub (link to detailed update).  The bar was put up for sale about three years after the Bar Rescue makeover and finally sold about 8 years after the makeover.  Campbell's Irish Pub was in operation for 22 years before closing. Campbell's Irish Pub is now marked as 'Closed' on the Bar Rescue Updates page. 

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Murphy's Arcade Bar & Pizza (Throwbacks) - Bar Rescue Update

 In this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Sanford, Florida to rescue Throwbacks.  The bar is owned by Robbie Kennerney who bought the bar in 2019 with a spontaneous purchase. Due to lack of experience, Throwbacks has untrained bartenders and no clear manager in the bar.  Also, the food is not drawing customers, while the arcade games in the bar are not kept in the proper condition.  Robbie is supposedly $75,000 in debt and the bar in danger of closing.



During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer decided to change the name of Throwbacks to Murphy's Arcade Bar & Pizza, but the bar went back to the name Throwbacks. Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for Throwbacks since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):


Saturday, May 28, 2022

Crowne Irish Pub (The Forge Irish Pub) - Bar Rescue Update

In this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Brandon, Florida to rescue The Forge Irish Pub.  The bar is owned by Patrick and Mariely Crowne who opened the bar in 2019.  The bar was initially a success and then the pandemic happened which hurt the bar financially.  The financial strain impacted Patrick mentally and physically which caused his marriage to end.  Despite filing for divorce, Patrick and Mariely continue to work together at the bar and the tension between them is seen by employees and customers.  The bar is supposedly a month away from closing if things do not change.



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


Saturday, May 21, 2022

Jerry's Dockside Bar & Grill (AJ's on the River) - Bar Rescue Update

In this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Gibsonton, Florida to rescue AJ's on the River.  Police veteran Jerry Clark bought the bar in 2016 with his retirement money. His son Patrick helps runs the bar and it supposedly isn't making money despite his experience, which is causing issues for their personal relationship as well.  Jerry is supposedly $120,000 in debt and months away from closing.



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


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):