Sunday, May 19, 2019

Bar Rescue - Sauced (Gil & Rick's Sports Bar and Pizzeria) Update

On this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Largo, Florida to rescue Gil & Rick's Sports Bar and Pizzeria.  Gil & Rick's is as the name states a sports bar and pizzeria owned by two longtime postal employees Gil Grim and Rick Johnson.  Dave Portnoy from Barstool Sports helps Jon Taffer do recon and the bar cannot handle an order that includes multiple pizzas.


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

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Bar Rescue - The Tipsy Bull (China Grove Trading Post) Update

On this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in China Grove, Texas to rescue The China Grove Trading Post.  The China Grove Trading Post is owned by Wendy and Raymond Jenkins and they are enabling their "belligerent" daughter Maggen who works at the bar.  While Jon Taffer is there doing recon, he sees that there is a possum in the bar.  In previous episodes, Jon has seen horses and raccoons in a bar, so now we can add possums to the list of animals seen on Bar Rescue.


During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer decided to change the name of The China Grove Trading Post to The Tipsy Bull and the bar decided to keep the name. However, the bar has already closed before this episode aired.  Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for The Tipsy Bull since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Bar Rescue - Halo Restaurant and Bar (LIV Nightclub) Update

On this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Las Vegas, Nevada to rescue LIV Nightclub.  LIV Nightclub is owned by Michelle Lim and she is supposedly almost out of money due the bar.  The bartenders cannot make basic drinks and they are also giving away drinks to get bigger tips.  Jon Taffer has "social media experts" helping him do recon and Tyme the Infamous is one of them.  While Jon Taffer is doing recon, he discovers the cook is cross contaminating everything with his dirty gloves and by reusing the same cutting board.


During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer decided to change the name of LIV Nightclub to Halo Restaurant and Bar and the bar decided to keep the name. However, the bar has already closed before this episode aired. Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for Halo Restaurant and Bar since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Bar Rescue - The Shattered Bar (Eliphino Dive and Dine) Update

On this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Las Vegas, Nevada to rescue Eliphino Dive and Dine. Eliphino is owned by John McDonnell who supposedly makes more enemies than friends at his bar.  Jon Taffer does recon with a former employee Casey and the kitchen is not being used at the bar due to leasing it out to somebody else.  The owner John also tells Jon Taffer that he feels he is perpetually one step away from a panic attack.


During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer decided to change the name of Eliphino Dive and Dine to The Shattered Bar and the bar did keep the name.  However, the bar has already closed before this episode aired.  Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for The Shattered Bar since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):


Saturday, April 20, 2019

Bar Rescue - The Morgue (Kiva Lounge & Bar) Update

On this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in San Marcos, Texas to rescue Kiva Lounge & Bar.  Kiva Lounge & Bar is owned by "two burnout rockers" Miles and Henry who have supposedly lost $200,000 in two years.  While Jon Taffer is there, he discovers a sweaty chef that is unsanitary and owners that do not care enough about their business.  The bartenders at Kiva Lounge & Bar also can't make a basic drink such as a daiquiri.

During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer decided to change the name of Kiva Lounge & Bar to The Morgue.  Several months after the makeover, the bar changed their name from The Morgue back to Kiva Lounge & Bar. Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for The Morgue/Kiva Lounge & Bar since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Bar Rescue - The Base Line (Recovery Room) Update

On this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in San Antonio, Texas to rescue The Recovery Room.  The Recovery Room is owned by Heather Bury Stich whose partying ways have impacted both her business and her marriage.  While Jon Taffer is there, he finds that Heather is drunk behind the bar and is giving away free shots.  She also has trouble making a basic margarita.


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

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Bar Rescue - UNLV Episode

On this weeks episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer is in Las Vegas, Nevada to try to help UNLV hospitality students get ready for the real world in just one week.  This is a special episode where he isn't helping a struggling bar, so there will not be much of an update for this episode.  If you are interested in watching a long preview video of the episode, there is one on the Paramount YouTube page.


I figured I would do a post in case anybody wanted to discuss this episode.  Also if anything is worthy of an update after the episode airs, I will update this post.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Bar Rescue - Gaddy Shack (Crossroads Grille) Update

On this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Antioch, Tennessee to rescue Crossroads Grille.  Crossroads Grille is owned by Robert Gaddy and his wife Ashley helps run the bar.  While Jon Taffer is there, he finds an uncontrollable staff who are twerking all over the place and drinking on the job.  The bartenders also do not know how to make basic drinks and the kitchen is filthy.

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

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Bar Rescue - The Original Hideout Update

On this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Tucson, Arizona to rescue The Original Hideout.  The Original Hideout is owned by Ramiro Flores and is run by his brother Raul.  Ramiro put up about $300,000 for the bar and is supposedly losing $6,000 a month.  While Jon is there, he finds that the kitchen is unsanitary and after confronting Raul, he decides to walk out of the bar.

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

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Bar Rescue - The Frozen Cactus (RJ's Replays) Update

On this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Tucson, Arizona to rescue RJ's Replays.  RJ's Replays was opened in 2011 by Rich McClelland and is a sports bar that has a focus on craft beers.  Rich borrowed over $700,000 from his parents to open the bar and the bar is supposedly has almost $1 million in debt.  The bar supposedly lost $20,000 the previous month and is about a month from closing.  While Jon is there, he finds a menu that is too large and that the owner Rich is drunk in his own bar.

During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer decided to change the name of RJ's Replays to The Frozen Cactus and the bar has somewhat kept the name.  They now go by RJ's Frozen Cactus.  Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for The Frozen Cactus/RJ's Frozen Cactus since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):


Sunday, March 10, 2019

Bar Rescue - Madame Dalia's Country Bar (Country Nights) Update

On this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in San Antonio, Texas to rescue Country Nights Club.   Country Nights Club is supposedly $144,000 in debt and is losing $4,000 to $6,000 a month.  While Jon is there, he finds bartenders who are drunk and an out of control owner who is trying to serve customers shots out of her cleavage.  The owner Dalia is more worried about her looks and drinking rather than running a successful bar.

During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer decided to change the name of Country Nights Club to Madame Dalia's Country Bar and the bar has somewhat kept the name.  It seems they dropped the 'Madame' and they go by Dalia's Country Bar. Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for Dalia's Country Bar since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Bar Rescue - Shibo Update

On this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in San Juan, Puerto Rico to rescue Shibo.  Shibo is a Latin-Asian fusion restaurant that was destroyed during Hurricane Maria.  It has been closed for seven months and the owners do not have the money to fix up the restaurant to reopen.  When Jon is there, he finds that Shibo doesn't have damage that is that bad and thinks the owners may not have even tried to fix it up to reopen.


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


Thursday, February 28, 2019

P's and Q's Autobody From Bar Rescue Has Closed

P's and Q's Autobody in Huntington, NY, which appeared on season 4 of Bar Rescue has closed.  The bar closed in October 2018 when longtime bartender Michael Matarazzo bought the bar and changed the name to Repeal XVIII.  Michael first bought into P's and Q's as a partner, then eventually decided to buy the other owner out and run the bar the way he wanted with his own concept (Link).  You may remember Michael as he was on the P's and Q's Autobody episode of Bar Rescue.

P's and Q's Autobody was originally named Artful Dodger before Jon Taffer did the makeover, and the bar did keep the name given to them Bar Rescue.  The episode originally aired in October 2014 and here is the original update.  P's and Q's was damaged badly in a fire in March 2015 and closed for over a year until they reopened in May 2016.  After the fire, they had to get rid of the secret entrance installed by Bar Rescue.


P's and Q's Autobody has been marked as 'Closed' on the Bar Rescue Updates Page.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Summit House Grill and Tap From Bar Rescue Has Closed

Summit House Grill and Tap in Lakewood, Colorado, which appeared on season 5 (2nd set) of Bar Rescue has closed.  Summit House appeared on Bar Rescue in February 2017 and they closed around July of 2018.

The Summit House website no longer works and the bar has been marked as closed on Yelp.  A July 2018 review on Yelp said the bar closed for renovations, so I waited a bit to see if they would reopen, but it looks like they will not.  Owners Josh and Alexia Lubliner also owned another restaurant which closed about a year earlier in September 2017.

While trying to find reasons why Summit House Grill and Tap closed, I found a Denver Business Journal link to a court case against Josh Lubliner filed in September 2018.  Here are the case details from the site, "Denver West Village LP vs. Summit House Inc./Josh Lubliner/Calvin Investments Inc. et al., money, case #18CV31475, 09/14/18."  Also, at that link it says that that Josh and Alexia Lubliner sold their home for $750,000.

Denver West Village LP owns the mall area where Summit House Grill and Tap was located.  So, it appears the reason for closing may have been because of money owed to the landlord.


Summit House Grill and Tap has been marked as 'Closed' on the Bar Rescue Updates Page and here is the original update done for the episode.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Pastimes on 4th From Bar Rescue Has Closed

Pastimes on 4th in St. Louis, Missouri, which was featured on season 4 (5th set) of Bar Rescue has closed.  I never did a post on the closure when it happened, so I am doing one now.

The bar was for sale right after it appeared on Bar Rescue in April 2016, which was stated in the original update.  A new bar (which is still open) called Game 6 Honky Tonk Joint opened in the Pastimes on 4th location in the fall of 2017, so Pastimes on 4th closed sometime in the middle of 2017.  Pastimes on 4th didn't have much of an online presence and had very few reviews despite being on Bar Rescue, which is the reason why it was hard to figure out it closed.  The owners of Pastimes on 4th also own a restaurant that was featured on Food Network's Restaurant: Impossible, and that restaurant remains open.


Pastimes on 4th was originally called O'Kelly's at the Ballpark before Jon Taffer did the makeover, and the bar did keep the name given to them Bar Rescue.  Pastimes on 4th has been marked as 'Closed' on the Bar Rescue Updates Page.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Tidal Bay Beach Bar From Bar Rescue Has Closed

Tidal Bay Beach Bar in Long Beach, California from season 5 (3rd set) of Bar Rescue has closed.  The bar closed in January 2019 and a tiki bar is supposed to open in its location in March 2019.


In October 2018, bartender Lola from the show announced that she would no longer be working at Tidal Bay Beach Bar.  Also in October 2018, the bar put up a "Public Notice of Application For Ownership Change" outside the bar, which is on their Facebook page.  Finally in January 2019, Tidal Bay Beach Bar posted a picture of their suspended liquor license with the caption "30 day notice."  Comments below that post say that the bar had its liquor license suspended due to a paperwork issue.

Tidal Bay Beach Bar was originally called Liquid Lounge before Jon Taffer did the makeover, and the bar did keep the name given to them Bar Rescue. Here is the original update for Tidal Bay Beach Bar and the bar has been marked as 'Closed' on the Bar Rescue Updates Page.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Lucky's Corner Pocket From Bar Rescue Has Closed

Lucky's Corner Pocket in Davenport, Florida, which appeared on season 5 (3rd set) of Bar Rescue has closed.  On January 1st, 2019 Lucky's Corner Pocket changed their name to Fireside Lounge and Billiards and updated the name on their Facebook page.  I was able to confirm that the bar is a totally different bar with new owners.  The new owners have also done some renovations on the bar after purchasing it.

Owner Georgiann Browne who appeared on the Bar Rescue episode has her house on the market and is selling old bar memorabilia.  In December 2018, she posted on Facebook, "I am FINALLY officially unemployed!! I couldn't be HAPPIER!! Just finished last payroll entry, Sales tax entry, get 941 squared away, then my awesome accountant will receive my taxes before the end of the current year!!!
Anyone know someone interested in a pretty spectacular home that would make an amazing B&B?!
Don't get the whole # tag thing...but I AM # 1 HAPPY GHIRL!!"


It looks like this is more of a retirement and Georgiann is happy to be done working.  Judging by the comments on that post, it looks like she will be moving out west.


Lucky's Corner Pocket was originally called Lucky Leprechaun before Jon Taffer did the makeover, and the bar did keep the name given to them Bar Rescue.  Here is the original update for Lucky's Corner Pocket and the bar has been marked as 'Closed' on the Bar Rescue Updates Page.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Agave Junction Cantina From Bar Rescue Has Closed

Agave Junction Cantina in Norwalk, California which appeared on Bar Rescue in 2014 has closed.  The bar closed in September of 2018 and they posted the following message on their Facebook page (which no longer exists). "Agave Junction has been sold. Last day we are open for Business will be 9/14/2018. We will be shutting our doors in 7 days. Make sure to Come by and get a few cold ones and Tacos before we shut our doors next week.  Thanks for your business these past years!!"

It looks like the sale price was for $825,000, but so far, nothing has opened in its location.

Agave Junction Cantina was originally named Scoreboard 2 before Bar Rescue did the makeover and here is the original update for when that episode aired in 2014.  In 2016, three men were stabbed at the bar and in January 2018 there was a strong-arm robbery outside the bar.  Agave Junction Cantina has been marked as 'Closed' on the Bar Rescue Updates Page.