Sunday, August 25, 2019

Bar Rescue - Pit Stop Bar & BBQ (Stix & Stones Bar and Grill) Update

In this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Sugar Creek, Missouri to rescue Stix & Stones Bar and Grill.  Stix & Stones is owned by Billy Banks who supposedly wrote Jon Taffer asking for help.  While Jon is doing recon, he sees bartenders that are too drunk and a cook who is cross contaminating all of the food items.

During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer decided to change the name of Stix & Stones Bar & Grill to Pit Stop Bar & BBQ, but the bar quickly changed the name back to Stix & Stones. The bar did close for a bit, but it is now open again.  Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for Stix & Stones Bar & Grill since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):

Positive Reviews:
  • "Fantastic service, even when they're busy. Check them out after there recent remodel!"
  • "My usual place to have a drink on my way home ..friendly staff cool vibe"
  • "Place looked great. Super fun."

Negative Reviews:
  • "My husband and I went there to pre game before a Royals game and walked in the bar didnt have 2 seats together so we grabbed a table right by the bar. The bartender came to the table right beside us 2 times to cash them out and didnt acknowledge us at all other than looking at me so she knew we were there then went back behind the bar to stand. We ended up leaving after 10 min no service. You wonder why business is suffering???"
  • "Not alot of people go plus the dj wont take your requests."
  • "I give it 2 stars for Having a nice place but then again I give a -10 stars if I could because it's allows people to smoke inside"
  • "Went on TV, changed names, changed back...threw out the barbeque... smoky... smoking allowed. Nice people. Need servers... Good menu. Good pool tables. Lower level dancing. Rough sounding music. Didn't try cocktails. Decent pricing. Didn't look at hours."
*Reviews from Google

Other News and Links:

  • The Bar Rescue makeover happened in April 2019
  • Here is a 7-minute preview video of the episode from the Paramount Network YouTube page.
  • Here is the Stix & Stones Bar and Grill Facebook page
  • Here are the Facebook pages of Billy (owner), Waterman (manager), "Razo" (bartender)
  • After seeing a preview of the episode, Razo said, "It was fun. They wanted drama I gave them a show. It gets way better too I can’t wait to see it."  Razo is still a bartender at the bar.
  • Locals talking about Bar Rescue said the signs for Pit Stop Bar & BBQ were taken down pretty much right after Bar Rescue left and changed back to Stix & Stones. (Link)
  • The bar briefly went by the name of Pit Stop at Stix, but then went back to Stix & Stones Bar and Grill.
  • The bar is having a watch party for the episode and many of the employees are tagged in this post
  • Stix & Stones did some additional construction at the bar in early May. (Link)
  • On July 6th, the bar closed and posted a farewell message stating, "We are open one last night tonight ! Come up and see everyone and have great drink specials also stix is for sale to the right person and please msg the page or contact billy banks for more info Thank you again for 12 great years to all our loyal customers !"
  • The bar decided to reopen on July 24th stating, "Under careful consideration and with our customers and pool teams and pool players we will be open this Wednesday thru Saturday 4pm - 1am ! Next week starting new times Tuesday - Saturday 4pm- 1am....Come and support us while we bring in our new stix bar and billiards and hang out at your favorite hometown bar and pool hall ! Will be open this Wednesday at 4pm with our in-house pool league and 9 ball open handicap tournament."
  • Someone asked the bar if the club downstairs was still open and they replied that would be open in September. (Link)
  • Back in 2011, Stix & Stones put together a seven-minute video to try to get selected to be on Bar Rescue, which is still on YouTube. So they have been trying to get selected for quite some time. (Link)
  • Stix & Stones Bar and Grill is listed for sale at $575,000.  The listing states, "For over twelve years, this establishment has hosted hundreds of pool players and teams, dart teams and a nightclub downstairs featuring theme parties that pack the house. Over the past year the owner has come to want out and with recent Bar Rescue experience has decided to call it quits. The Bar Rescue episode is yet to air and could grow the bar & grill to new heights with a new owner and management."


Jon Taffer decided to change the name of Stix & Stones Bar and Grill to Pit Stop Bar & BBQ, but the bar did not keep the name.  They quickly took down the new signs and briefly went by the name of Pit Stop at Stix, but they changed the name back to Stix & Stones Bar and Grill.  The bar actually closed in early July and thanked customers for 12 years in business.  However, about three weeks later the bar decided to reopen again and they are still operating.  The bar is currently listed for sale for $575,000 and the listing brags about being on Bar Rescue.  It seems like Stix & Stones did whatever it took to get Bar Rescue to do a makeover with the intentions of putting the bar up for sale after the makeover.

UPDATE 10/2019 - In some sad new, bartender Stephanie Razo who was featured on this Bar Rescue episode passed away.  She was 32 years old and here is the obituary which actually mentions her appearance on Bar Rescue.

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