Sunday, September 8, 2019

Bar Rescue - Water's Edge Bar & Grill (Edge of Town) Update

In this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Blue Springs, Missouri to rescue Edge of Town.  Edge of Town is owned by Mark Wilson and his fiance Ozzie who are getting another chance at a Bar Rescue.  They also owned Longshots/Badlands Country Nightclub which appeared on season 3 (2nd set) of Bar Rescue in late 2013.  While Jon is doing recon, he finds bartenders that can't make basic drinks, are drinking on the job, and a cook who cannot correctly cook basic items.

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

Positive Reviews:

  • "Welcome, friendly staff. Great tacos and the best shots in town! Wide mix of people here, always feels like a fun place to be."
  • "The tacos are Thursday are fantastic and the drink specials are amongst the best in the area. The recently remodeled the bar and the new look is nice."
  • "Good fun friendly atmosphere.. great service every time I have been ."
  • "Really cool inside!! Great new menu and lots of renovations!!"
  • "Nice bartender! She made my drink to perfection. Newly renovated, very upscale feel. I’d recommend it."
  • "While in Blue Springs, MO I needed a place that served real food, as I am on the keto diet. This place was great! They served me a perfectly cooked steak and made me a special salad that filled my nutritional needs. The food was fantastic and the servers were very nice and helpful as well.If you're ever in their vicinity and needing great food and a great atmosphere, Waters Edge (their new name, I guess) is the place to find it."

Negative Reviews:

  • "Not for non smokers. Walked in and walked right out. Very smoky."
  • "It's a nice atmosphere but it would be a million times better if people couldn't smoke indoors. The singers on the karaoke are surprisingly good"
  • "It's pretty small and clickish. Not a great place for singles. Probably only fun if you bring a group of people and really like karaoke"
  • "We ordered the steak for me and a burger for Charlie. We also ordered side salads. The steak showed up almost immediately over burnt and as hard as a hockey puck. I sent it back and they said they bring a new one. In the meantime the burger showed up with the salads and I never got my steak. I was heartbroken because I’ve always love this place. I thought maybe the makeover would help them understand what good food and service desk. Obviously not."

Other News and Links:
  • The Bar Rescue makeover happened in April 2019.
  • Here is a 6 minute preview video of the episode from the Paramount YouTube page.
  • Here is the Water's Edge Facebook page
  • Mark's bar Longshots - renamed Badlands Country Nightclub appeared on Bar Rescue in December 2013.  Here is the update for that episode and it was already revealed that he was the owner of three bars at the time of that episode.  Badlands has since closed leaving him with two bars.
  • Here are the Facebook pages of Ozzie (owner), Mark (owner), Caitlynn (bartender), Kiana (bartender), Mona (bartender), Billy (bartender), Frank (cook)
  • Mark and Ozzie also appeared on a Back to the Bar episode of Bar Rescue in July 2018.  In that episode Mark let everybody know that Badlands closed due to a leasing issue and his other bar Vertigo was showcased. Bar Rescue made it seem that Vertigo was a new bar that opened after Badlands closed, but that wasn't the case. Here is a video clip from that episode.  It is season 6 episode 17 if you are trying to watch on demand.  Mark and Ozzie said they paid off 80% of their debt and were in a good spot financially. Mark and Ozzie also got engaged on that episode.
  • Mark/Ozzie responded to a complaint about smoke at Water's Edge stating, "Thank you for the feedback! Edge has been a smoking bar since day one (40+ years ago) so while trying to appease both our smoking and non-smoking customers we have opened Vertigo Sports Bar & Grill in Blue Springs as non-smoking. Hopefully you will give us another try, we are putting in new smoke-eaters to alleviate some of the smoke!"
  • Water's Edge is having a watch party for the episode tonight and Vertigo is also having a watch party. (Link)
  • Here is a Blue Springs Missouri Facebook page which discusses the makeover at Edge of Town.  Someone said the main bartender told them that Mark wanted Bar Rescue so he didn't have to paint the place.  It seemed like the main debate on that page was whether Water's Edge was smoking or non-smoking and what it should be.
  • Edge of Town had a 4-star average on Yelp and a 4.2 out of 5-star average on Google.
  • Vertigo and Water's Edge are about 4 miles apart.
  • It seems like the staff from Vertigo and Water's Edge tend to work at both bars.


Jon Taffer and Bar Rescue decided to change the name of Edge of Town to Water's Edge Bar & Grill and the bar has kept the name.  The reviews for Water's Edge Bar & Grill are somewhat positive with people complimenting the food, atmosphere and the renovation.  There are some complaints about the bar allowing smoking, but Mark and Ozzie said they are keeping Water's Edge a smoking bar and if you want a non-smoking bar, you can go to their other bar Vertigo.  With this being Mark and Ozzie's third time on Bar Rescue (including Back to the Bar), they obviously have a good relationship with Jon Taffer and the show.  Who knows if this was a case of Jon Taffer doing them a favor of giving them a makeover if they agreed to be on the show again?  The reviews for both of Mark and Ozzie's bars are positive and they have owned these bars for years, so it is unclear if they were actually struggling.  Just last year on the Back to the Bar special, they said they paid off most of their debt and they were in a good spot financially.

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