Sunday, April 12, 2020

Leia's (The Grant Bar) - Bar Rescue Update

In this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Tracy, California to rescue The Grant Bar & Lounge. The Grant Bar is owned by DJ Miller who is described as a know-it-all owner who blames everybody except himself for the failures of his establishment.  He bought the bar five years ago and is now losing $5,000 a month, is $180,000 in debt, and six months away from closing.  His goal is to pass the bar down to his daughter Leia, so Jon Taffer will need to help turn things around.

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

Positive Reviews:

  • "I am glad a friend told me about this establishment. Very awesome staff. Tommy and Trina are absolutely spectacular. The crowd is great and super friendly and inviting also. I had some braised short rib and pork sliders and they too were amazing. Chef delivered them himself."
  • "Was there on Saturday with my girls for the first time since the relaunch. It was just like I remembered...the dj was amazing, the dance floor was packed and the drinks were !!!! I'll definitely be back!"
  • "This place us legit, food was fantastic! We were passing thru Tracy, so glad we found this bar/restaurant. Will definitely come back!"
  • "This is a good place for Tracy to have, especially for the younger crowd. Its basically a dance bar like those similar to the bay area dance bars. MUCH BETTER than what it used to be!"
  • "Nice local Bar. The staff very friendly good atmosphere. People on dance floor having a great time dancing. I will go there again."
  • "This is a fun place for music and dancing. Friday and Saturday draw a crowd that usually gets heavy after 10p. DJ is hit and miss depending on your taste for music."
  • "I am sitting in transformational awe as I am witnessing a complete 360 from what I am used to here in Tracy. I have bartended at various spots and its a tough crowd to please. Congrats you nailed it.The crew are flowing like a well oiled machine the staff is on point and the people are happy. Its about time we get a spark of life in this sleepy suberb. Thank you John and the staff of Leia's for accepting change and creating a better experience for your guests"

Negative Reviews:

  • "If negative stars was possible I would . This is worst fucking lounge I ever been too . The employees are rude as fuck they act like asking question is crime . I would never come here ever"
  • "The overall of this place is good. The DJ for Friday night and Saturdays is horrible. I was there on Saturday and the DJ is horrible...,they need a new DJ"
  • "Boring hasn't seemed to change much. And $1.50 for a game of pool???? Fucking insane. Every bar in Tracy is 75cents at most a dollar. No hand chalk, and one pool stick chalk broken and had a hole all the way through. I think I'll stick to playing pool and having a beer somewhere else. Screw that"
  • "Went to watch the ufc fight last weekend. Ordered food that took 50m to get after complaining 45m after ordering. Apparently, the waitress went on dinner break and didn't considering fulfilling our order first. No back up or manager/owner engaging with customer to make sure of his own success. Such a shame this place is as bad as it was before bar rescue."
  • "If i could leave zero stars i would. but i had to give one to give this review. this place is shit. got turned away because of a dress code that the guy said they have been enforcing for 5 years that was never mentioned in any of my previous visits before the renaming earlier this year. we got turned away for wearing t-shirt's. don't go here. waste of time. give another bar your money"
*Reviews from Yelp, Google

Other News and Links:
  • The Bar Rescue for The Grant Bar & Lounge happened in September 2019.
  • Here is preview video of the episode from the Paramount TV YouTube page.
  • Here is the Leia's Restaurant. Lounge. Nightclub. Facebook page and the website is coming soon.
  • Here are the Facebook pages of Tammy (DJ's ex-wife/owner), Trina (bartender), Victoria (bartender), Heather (waitress)
  • Here are employees from the episode talking about how the preview of the episode looks so edited and how it wasn't how things happened. (Link)
  • Leia's posted on their Facebook page about the upcoming episode.  In the comments, Heather who was a waitress in the episode, said about the bar, "it’s only gotten worse. Or DJ has anyways," She also said, "If people only knew how bad it really is to work for that man." Someone else said on that post said about DJ, "yeah I can’t wait to see he has a short man syndrome as it is LOL." (Link)
  • Here are the reviews for Leia's from Yelp, Tripadvisor, Google.
  • Here is the liquor license of The Grant Bar. (Link)
  • DJ and Tammy also own another bar in Tracy, CA called Ralph's Club. (Link)
  • Ralph's and Leia's are currently closed due to government regulations on social distancing, but they plan to reopen. (Link)
  • Amy Koffsky is the bar expert again in this Bar Rescue episode. Here is her Instagram page.


Jon Taffer decided to change the name of The Grant Bar & Lounge to Leia's Restaurant. Lounge. Nightclub. and the bar has kept the name.  The reviews for Leia's are somewhat positive with people liking the dancing, staff and atmosphere.  People also say that the crowds for the bar are big on Friday and Saturday nights.  It seems like whether or not people enjoy the bar depends on the DJ that is playing music that night.  The owners DJ and his ex-wife Tammy also own another bar in Tracy, CA called Ralph's Club, so who knows if they were really struggling or agreed to do the show for a makeover.  Leia's Restaurant. Lounge. Nightclub is currently closed due to government regulations on social distancing, but they will reopen when they are allowed.

UPDATE - Leia's closed in May 2022 after they got their permit revoked by city council.  Here is more information on the closing.

*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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