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):

Positive Reviews:
  • "Stop in on Sundays for amazing Menudo. Red or white with many condiments including oregano, cilantro, limes, chopped white onion and chiles. Garlic bread available. Prepared very homade, like family kitchen. Pork adobada is off the charts good."
  • "Excellent Mexican Food."
  • "This place has been around a long time. My meal was pretty good, and the atmosphere is vibrant. Good drinks too!"
  • "cheese crisp was perfect! Also their chicken sandwich was perfectly made with perfect bacon and avocado and also their onion rings were perfect and they give you a can of 7Up rather than from the tap it was really a good experience"
  • "Good food, sometimes slow service, but not during the day."

Negative Reviews:
  • "Came in with my friend to check out what changes were made after Bar Rescue. Everything seemed to be basically the same, only Modelo on tap, my friend ordered a whiskey ginger but they didn't have ginger ale? Overall felt pretty unwelcome and we left after getting 1 drink."
  • "Visited today since it got remodeled. I like this place but my review is for the embarrassing customer service. Our server was new Maritza, she was excellent! Very sweet and wow was she working very hard. She was taking food orders and working the bar. The negative review is for Summer, she literally (and I say literally because a lot of patrons noticed) flirted with men at the bar while poor Maritza was running around all night...Tables surrounded agreed only because we saw the strain one employee was under while the other did nothing. Plus side food was excellent, fish fry, street tacos, carne asada burrito was excellent and the prices are so cheap! Fix the balance of your workers and you have 5 stars."
  • "Service leaves a lot to be desired. Very low blouses, negative attitudes. If you aren't a Mexican man good luck getting waited on! When you are paying $15 a shot you would think that they would want to serve you."
  • "Still not a place I want to hang out at"
  • "One word only dump"
  • "Not my scene. Felt like prey. Men standing and staring."

*Reviews from Yelp, Google

Other News and Links:

  • The Bar Rescue makeover happened in May 2018, so close to a year before the episode aired.
  • Here is a 7-minute preview video of the episode from the Paramount YouTube page.
  • Here is The Original Hideout Facebook page which does not post much.  They do not have a website.
  • The Original Hideout kept their same entertainment schedule and specials after the Bar Rescue makeover. (Link)
  • Here are the Facebook pages of Ramiro (owner) and Gloria (bartender)
  • Here are the review for The Original Hideout from Yelp (3 out of 5, 13 reviews), Tripadvisor (3.5 out of 5, 6 reviews) and Google (4 out of 5, 177 reviews)
  • Ramiro Flores also co-owns a bar/restaurant called Amigo's Burgers and Beer. (Link)
    • Here is their Facebook page which looks like it features him on the logo, and Yelp reviews which are positive.
  • Ramiro Flores is also an attorney is Tucson.


Jon Taffer and Bar Rescue decided to keep the name of The Original Hideout and the reviews for the bar have been mixed since the Bar Rescue makeover.  All of the positive reviews compliment the food while the negative reviews talk about bad service.  The reviews also seem to imply that this is more of a bar for men than it is for women.  The owner Ramiro Flores also co-owns another bar in Tucson, which seems to have better reviews.

*To see how all of the bars from Bar Rescue are doing, go to the Bar Rescue Updates page, and also Like us on Facebook or Follow Us on Twitter to stay up to date with all things involving Bar Rescue.

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