Saturday, August 7, 2021

The Billy Bar (County Line Lounge & Grille) - Bar Rescue Update

In this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Tucson, Arizona to rescue The County Line Lounge & Grille.  In 2018, bartender Denise Maley and her fiancĂ© Billy decided to buy the bar to fulfil Billy's lifelong dream of owning a bar.  They got help from Billy's best friend Paul who agreed to buy the bar for 49 percent of the business.  Three months after purchasing the bar, Billy tragically passed away.  Now Denise is more focused on drinking at the bar than running the business and for this year, the bar has currently lost $48,000.

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

Positive Reviews:
  • "Fun bar, great karaoke show! We went on a Friday. KJ was up beat and made it fun. Food looked really great. Bartender was friendly and made great drinks."
  • "Such an amazing bar with a fun vibe atmosphere!! Always a great time to be had!!"
  • "Stopped in for a burger it was the best burger I've had in years cooked perfectly and juicy will be eating here again. excellent friendly staff and great food plus ice cold beer cant ask for any better"

Negative Reviews:
  • "Loved it prior to recent changes. Now, decor too stuffy uncomfortable hard chairs! Trying to be fancy in a Dive Bar on Prince rd. A Part of the jokingly called White Ghetto. No fancy People go to the Bar, renamed * Billy Bar* Better if it was renamed BILLY'S . Bar rescue did this redo, & it was a huge mistake by Owner!"
*Reviews from Google, Facebook

Other News and Links:
  • The Bar Rescue for County Line Lounge & Grille happened in June 2021.
  • Here is a preview video of the episode from the Bar Rescue Facebook page
  • Here is The Billy Bar website and Facebook page
  • Here is The Billy Bar menu from a different URL. (Link)
  • Here are the Facebook pages of Paul (co-owner), Denise (co-owner), Matilyn (bartender/Denise's daughter), Melissa (bartender), and Jessica (bartender).
  • Right after the makeover, The Billy Bar posted, "Hello Everyone. We would like to thank you all for being so patient during our remodel over this past week. We are very excited to let you know that we are officially BACK OPEN! Under a new name of "The Billy Bar" in honor of our loved one, best friend and other half, Billy Crass who gained his wings 2 years ago. He will forever be missed, and now, his legacy will live on forever through his dream, this bar. Hours of operation at 12pm to 2am. Food will start later this week. We look forward to seeing you all"
  • On a local news story about the upcoming episode, the owners said they are optimistic about the future.  Owner Paul said "I feel the transformation was successful. It's still a work in progress, and I think we can do so much more. I'm really excited about how the future comes, but I'm also kinda nervous to see how they treated us on television."
  • The bar was bought in 2019 for $310,000. (Link)
  • Here are the reviews for The Billy Bar from Yelp (none on air date), TripAdvisor, and Google.


Jon Taffer decided to change the name of The County Line Lounge & Grille to The Billy Bar and the bar has kept the name.  The Bar Rescue makeover was just a few months before the episode aired, so there weren't too many reviews of the bar.  Owners Paul and Denise feel the Bar Rescue transformation was successful and they are optimistic about their future. 

*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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