Sunday, September 29, 2019

Bar Rescue - The Fifth Amendment Update

In this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in West Bountiful, Utah to rescue The Fifth Amendment.  The Fifth Amendment is also referred to as "The Fifth" and is owned by Brad Hepworth whose father previously owned the bar.  During recon, Jon packs the bar and pulls all of the bartenders out of the building.  The owner Brad doesn't even notice, and he is just sitting in the bar drinking.  Brad has owned the bar for 20 years and still doesn't know how to make drinks or use the cash register.

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

Positive Reviews:

  • "Haven't been here in a long time and I am glad I finally made it back! The girls are awesome! I will definitely be back!"
  • "Friendly and fun atmosphere! AWESOME stuffed tots"
  • "20 plus years ago that I went to the "Filth". It is much cleaner, and the green beans were good. Good service. Odd layout, but you need to check it out. BOUNTIFUL IS A HARD PLACE for any bar/ pub!!!"
  • "This place is newly remodeled and reminds me of Trolley Square! Good vibes, fantastic food and friendly people! If you have not been in recently definately worth checking out!!"
  • "I’ve been coming to the fifth on Sundays for karaoke and having a great time! They have karaoke night every Wednesdays and Sundays! The bartenders are friendly and everybody there enjoys themselves and have a great time! I will most definitely continue going there!"

Negative Reviews:

  • "A bar makeover does not make up for a hostile bar tender.Sadly, our friend was very excited to visit the fifth after the bar make over that recently occurred, Unfortunately, the female bar tender was hostile, rude, and truly let us know that she had no interest in encouraging our patronage. And we are nice people. Not only was our friend very apologetic that she chose to try the fifth (it wasn't her fault that we were treated so poorly) We all vowed not to ever go back. In fairness, there was a male bartender that served us the first round of drinks and his attitude and customer service was very good."
  • "Local bar redomodeled on the interior & fresh paint outside, odd layout, not terribly welcoming...I'd call the TV Show Bar Makeover a "fail". Food was not good at help was fabulous! Mule was great!"
  • "I was informed that bar rescue was there to make changes. My wife and I were excited to maybe and finally have a eighborhood bar in this area. I heard they had food, new decor, better atmosphere. Sadly NO! new paint. Same old 5th. Nothing to do there but sit in a chair and drink, never presented a menu, never really seemed to care if we were there or not. Bathrooms still a disaster. Service still subpar. Maybe they will rescue this again sometime."
  • "Last night my husband and I went to the 5th for dinner and a cocktail. We walked in an sat down at a table directly across from the bar. There were two people behind the bar and we sat there for 15 minutes and they never made an attempt to serve us a drink or even acknowledge we were there. The woman was busy cleaning and the young man was working at the cash draw and having a snack. We finally got up and left. Bar Rescue did a great job with the interior but the service is crap. It's to bad because we like to support our local businesses.. SLOW SERVICE - How about no service."
*Reviews from Yelp, Facebook, Google

Other News and Links:
  • The Bar Rescue makeover for The Fifth happened in mid-July 2019.
  • Here is a six-minute preview video of the episode from the Paramount YouTube page.
  • There is some sloppy editing in that video.  When the first bartender walks out, the bar is filled and there are at least 4 soccer players in the bar.  Then Jon sends two more soccer players in, and these players were in the previous scene where the bartender walks out.
  • Here is The Fifth Facebook page, which doesn't post much and does not mention anything about Bar Rescue.
  • The Fifth has a lot of poker and karaoke events at the bar.
  • The Fifth was sometimes referred to by locals as "The Filth."  Jon Taffer acknowledged that by announcing the reveal for the bar saying, "Let's just say The Fifth is no longer The Filth." (Link)
  • Here are the Facebook pages of Brad (owner), Devon (bartender), Kortney and Paige (Brad's daughters)
  • Jon Taffer added a trolley car inside the bar that says, "The Fifth Line." (Link)
  • An article from 2011 said Brad's dad sold the bar and when the new owners went out of business, he decided to buy back the bar.
  • Bountiful Utah City Council only has 1 license for a club that allows liquor sales and that license is held by The Fifth. (Link, Link 2)


Jon Taffer decided to keep the name of The Fifth and added a trolley car inside the bar which is still there.  The reviews for The Fifth are mixed with people complementing the bartenders, atmosphere and the new remodel.  There are also complaints about the bartenders/service and the food.  The Fifth doesn't post too much on their Facebook page (just poker and karaoke events) and they make no mention of their upcoming Bar Rescue appearance.  The Fifth holds the only club liquor license in Bountiful, Utah, so that is an advantage over potential competition.

*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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