Saturday, May 14, 2022

The Loft (Cerealholic Cafe & Bar) - Bar Rescue Update

In this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Ybor City, Florida to rescue Cerealholic Cafe & Bar.  Cerealholic opened in early 2021 as a cereal themed cafe/bar that uses different cereals to help create menu items. The bar is owned by Darrell and Lisa Lawson and their son Brandon is helping run the place.  Part of the reason for starting the bar was to honor their son Alex who passed away in 2019.  The cereal theme seems to have fallen flat and never took off.  The bar/restaurant is now losing about $9,000 a month and Darrell and Lisa's life savings are in jeopardy.


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


Friday, May 13, 2022

Solids & Stripes (Zanzbar) - Bar Rescue Update

Zanzbar in Denver, Colorado appeared on Bar Rescue in March of 2013 and was renamed to Solids & Stripes during the episode, but the bar did not keep the name.  They went back to Zanzbar, but they go by Zanzibar Billiards now.  This episode was most known for the owner Ami Benari calling Brian Duffy "fat boy" and almost getting into a fight with Jon Taffer over the incident.  The bar still remains open to this day, so lets take a look at some reviews and news that relate to Zanzibar (Stars & Stripes).


Saturday, May 7, 2022

Jimmy's (JF Kicks) - Bar Rescue Update

In this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Valrico, Florida to rescue JF Kick's.  JF Kicks was purchased in 2019 by brothers Johnny and Jimmy Spieldenner and the bar was booming to start.  Jimmy tragically passed away and things started to go downhill for the bar.  JF Kicks was short staffed and Johnny had to get his 18 year-old son Tanner to help run the kitchen.  The stress of the bar has impacted Johnny's health he is supposedly $300,000 in debt.


During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer decided to change the name of JF Kicks to Jimmy's, but the bar changed their name back to JF Kicks. Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for JF Kicks since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):


Friday, April 22, 2022

SandTown Pub (JJ's Chicken Bar) - Bar Rescue Update

In this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Atlanta, Georgia to rescue SandTown Pub.  The owner Fredericka Jones decided to open the bar in 2017 after working in the fast food industry for 40 years. Fredericka is not there too often and the staff is untrained and undisciplined, so she has turned to her daughter Amber to help manage the bar.  Fredericka is supposedly $200,000 in debt and has cashed in her 401k to help open the bar.  SandTown Pub is in danger of closing which would cause her to lose everything. 



During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer decided to change the name of SandTown Pub to JJ's Chicken Bar, but the bar quickly changed it back. Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for SandTown Pub since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):


Friday, April 15, 2022

Tropica Bar & Cafe (Confetti's) - Bar Rescue Update

In this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Norcross, Georgia to rescue Confetti's Bar & Grill.  The bar is owned by Scott Cohen who bought the bar in 2018 with the help of his father to fulfill a lifelong dream. After battling a childhood illness and losing his father, Scott is motivated to make Confetti's a success.  His lack of experience has caused the bar to suffer and he seems more interested in the social aspect of the bar instead of the business side.  He is an absentee owner and the bar is supposedly losing about $4,000 a month leaving him about $75,000 in debt and months away from closing.



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


Saturday, April 9, 2022

The GW (G. Willicker's Bar) - Bar Rescue Update

In this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Arlington, Texas to rescue G Willicker's Bar.  G Willicker's was opened by Clarence Grider and the bar was initially a success.  Then in 2019, Clarence passed away and left the bar to his widow.  Just a year after that, his widow passed away, which left the bar in the hands of Clarence's three daughters.  Without any experience running a bar, the problems at the bar began to mount and the bar is supposedly losing over $100,000 a month. 



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


Friday, April 1, 2022

Char Bar & BBQ (The Brick Tavern) - Bar Rescue Update

In this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Sachse, Texas to rescue The Brick Tavern.  The Brick Tavern is owned by Charlene Winter who is a successful real estate executive who decided to get into the bar business.  She bought the bar in 2012 and it initially had success due to its loyal customer base. Charlene is supposedly $530,000 in debt and has tapped into her retirement funds. Jon needs to help Charlene to become a better boss and to help get her personal assistant Cassie to step up and lead the bar.



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


Saturday, March 26, 2022

Ace's A Sporting Bar & Grill (Ace's Sports Hangar) - Bar Rescue Update

In this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in The Colony, TX to rescue Ace's Sports Hangar.  The owners Will and Candace Kuhn purchased the bar in August 2020 and they own multiple bars in the area.  They purchased the bar during the pandemic and Candace has been running the bar with hopes of opening additional bars.  After a year in business, the bar is draining the finances of the owners and is supposedly losing $15,000 a month. 



During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer decided to change the name of Ace's Sports Hangar to Ace's A Sporting Bar & Grill and the bar did keep the name, however the bar closed just a few months after the makeover. Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for Ace's A Sporting Bar since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar:


Saturday, March 19, 2022

Stadium Club Bar & Grill (Gilly's Sports Bar) - Bar Rescue Update

In this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Dunwoody, Georgia to rescue Gilly's The Spot.  Gilly's is owned by Willie Chandler who has been in the hospitality industry his whole life. The bar is supposedly losing between $2,500 and $5,000 a month and Willie is supposedly $275,000 in debt and 60 days from closing.  The kitchen is so dirty that even the employees will not eat the food there.  Jon needs to get Willie to regain his passion for his bar in hopes that things turn around.



During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer decided to change the name of Gilly's The Spot to Stadium Club Bar & Grill and the bar went back to their original name of Gilly's. Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for Stadium Club Bar & Grill/Gilly's since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):


Monday, March 14, 2022

Fogline Bar & Grill Owner Convicted of Cocaine Smuggling - Bar Is Closed

Fogline Bar & Grill in Hayward, California which appeared on season 5 of Bar Rescue has closed.  Lemack "Lee" Bellot was the owner who appeared on the Bar Rescue episode, and he was recently convicted of smuggling cocaine through SFO airport.

Lee Bellot was charged in a 2019 indictment, but details about the case were recently revealed as there was a trial set to happen.  According to the indictment, Lee met with an undercover DEA informant who was posing as an Atlanta area drug dealer.  In meetings that happened at Fogline Bar & Grill, Lee said he had a connection with someone who could sneak drugs around the country.  He had allegedly been paying airline employees to allow drugs to be smuggled past security. He was quoted as allegedly saying, "I had a connect. I’d run 10 bricks to Philly, 10 bricks to Ohio, and 10 bricks of china white to Miami, I used but my boy got popped. But I did find someone else recently.”

Some details about the case from Mercury News:

In one instance, on Nov. 28, 2018, the confidential source allegedly checked luggage at San Francisco International Airport, at Bellot and Askew’s direction, which made it onto a flight without being flagged by screeners, prosecutors say. This occurred after the informant allegedly handed over $8,500 in cash for a smuggling fee.

In another case, the agent attempted to board a flight with sham cocaine, only to be stopped by the Transportation Security Administration, but the DEA intervened so that the undercover operation wouldn’t be revealed, prosecutors say.


In early March 2022, Lee Bellot was found guilty of the charges against him according to Bay City News - one for attempting to aid and abet the possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and another count for 5 kilograms or more of cocaine.  A date for sentencing has not been set, but he faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 plus restitution on the first count, as well as life in prison and a fine of $500,000 on the second count.


Fogline Bar & Grill was originally named Russel City Grill before Bar Rescue did the makeover and changed the name.  They did keep the new name and here is the detailed update for that episode.  The phone number to the bar is no longer in service, there is no current liquor license and a recent Yelp review stated, "Read news item that FEDS raided the place and drugs were found/distributed. Been there a few times, but it's location is not ideal for me. But, parking lot has a chain on it now."  All this coupled with the recent conviction of Lee, Fogline Bar & Grill has been marked as 'Closed' on the Bar Rescue Updates page

Friday, March 11, 2022

Pacific Coast Wine Bar (Brix Sunset Beach) Is Closed - Bar Rescue Update

Brix Sunset Beach in Huntington Beach, California from season 4 (3rd set) of Bar Rescue is closed.  During the Bar Rescue makeover, the bar was renamed to Pacific Coast Wine Bar, but they changed the name back right away.  

In looking at the liquor licenses for the address, the bar has been sold a few times and the bar now goes by the name of Sunset Lounge Bottoms Up and here is their Facebook page and Instagram.

The interesting part about this is the liquor license for Sunset Lounge Bottoms Up lists Suzanne Blevins as the owner.  Suzanne appeared on season 7 of Bar Rescue as the owner of Bottoms Up Bar & Grill.  So, someone that appeared on an episode of Bar Rescue ended up buying another bar that appeared on the show.  As stated in the Bottoms Up update, Suzi owns multiple bars and Sunset Lounge Bottoms Up is referred to as the 6th Bottoms Up location. 


Brix Sunset Beach appeared on Bar Rescue in 2015 and here was the update for that episode.  Pacific Coast Wine Bar (Brix Sunset Beach) has been marked as 'Closed' on the Bar Rescue Updates page

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Legacy Bar & Grille (Game Time Sports Grill) Has Closed - Bar Rescue Update

Legacy Bar & Grill in Arlington, Tennessee which appeared on season 6 of Bar Rescue has closed.  The bar closed for good in late 2020/early 2021 and put the blame on the pandemic and health department restrictions.

On December 28, 2020, the bar posted on Facebook,
 "Dear friends and family,
As you may or may not know, The Legacy Bar & Grill got into a little bit of trouble a couple of weeks ago with the Health Department and their new guidelines.
We have been inspected and given the ok that we are good. But they  still have not given the go ahead to reopen. With that being said we have decided not to reopen. Bills keep coming and with 2 weeks no income it’s put us in a financial bind. 
The restrictions put into place by the Shelby County Government is restricting us to 25% capacity that only allows for 30 customers at a time. They have essentially ripped the rug out from under my business and are making it impossible to continue doing business, pay my employees and make any kind of profit.
This decision has not come easily. I have employees to think about as well as my family. I also have to consider my health and well being.
I am going to take this opportunity to spend time with my 3, soon to be 4 grandchildren, take a trip or two with my husband and make my health a priority.
Thank you to all of my friends and family that have been so supportive of us for the last several years! We appreciate and love each and every one of you and we look forward to this next chapter in our lives.
Thank you for the memories!"

Then on February 6, 2021, the bar posted this on Facebook, 
"Ok, most people know that The Legacy was shut down by the SCHD on Dec. 14,2020 for “breaking the rules” I will OWN that one. But when a great band like Twin Soul is playing it’s hard to keep control. We as owners and employees did everything that the SCHD told us we had to do to reopen. We were inspected and PASSED on Dec. 21, 2020. We ask if we could reopen and she informed us that she would turn it in and Bruce Randolph would have to approve it and send someone to take the sign off the door so we could reopen. Another week passed and no word. So we made the tough decision to close our doors permanently. Well!!! I’m starting to adjust to there just no being a Legacy in Arlington anymore. Owner locked us out, everything is going downhill! 
THEN I see this on the news last week! I wasn’t going to post anything! But I have just one question.......Who the hell buried the Legacy paperwork to keep us from reopening!! I wanted to reach out to News Channel 3 to let them know they had their information completely wrong. Who has this power! Who ever you are I hope your happy!"

So, it appears they violated the health department rules and had to shut down temporarily, but the owners made the decision to close permanently after that. 

Legacy Bar & Grille was originally named Game Time Sports Grill until Bar Rescue changed their name during their episode.  They did keep the name given to them by Bar Rescue and here is the detailed update from when their episode aired.  


Legacy Bar & Grill has been marked as 'Closed' on the Bar Rescue Updates page

Monday, March 7, 2022

Libad's Bar & Grill (Libad's Seaside Tavern) From Bar Rescue Has Closed

Libad's Bar & Grill in New Bedford, Massachusetts which appeared on season 3 of Bar Rescue has closed.  The bar is listed as closed on all review sites and they have not posted on their Facebook page since 2019. 

Libad's was listed for sale in February 2021 and here is the real estate listing that had the following description, "South End bar/restaurant on Clarks Point in New Bedford. Chosen to be a location filmed for the movie "Jungleland". Some items filmed will be sold with business and real estate. Full liquor license, stock and inventory to pass with sale. Handicap accessible, off street parking with back lot. The bar was on spike TV's bar rescue... episode "a bar full of bull". Net operating income see Agent."

The bar took about a year to sell and sold for $315,000 in January 2022. 


Libad's Bar & Grill was slightly renamed to Libad's Seaside Tavern during their Bar Rescue episode, but they went back to their original name.  The online reviews for the bar were actually pretty good and they stayed open well after their Bar Rescue appearance in 2013.  Libad's Bar & Grill has been marked as 'Closed' on the Bar Rescue Updates page

Friday, February 18, 2022

Lucky 66 Bowl (Great 66 Entertainment Center) From Bar Rescue Has Closed

Lucky 66 Bowl in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which appeared on season 7 of Bar Rescue has closed.  In March 2020, Lucky 66 said they had to close due to COVID and posted on Facebook, "By order of the governor of the state of a New Mexico, we are ordered to close until the state allows us to re open."

Almost a year later in January 2021, Lucky 66 revealed that they would not reopen and posted, "It unfortunate that I have to tell all of the patrons that have supported for the last 18 years, that we have to close the business. Not only the virus, COVID-19, but the policy of our governor has placed hardships and financial challenges that the company is unable to overcome."

In June 2021, they followed up with another message, "We appreciate the interest in our bowling center, However the financial requirements needed to reopen the center after the Governor forced our closure for mote than a year was more than we could handle. Thank you for remembering our and for your support. We appreciate you so very much."


So, it appears that government regulations shut down Lucky 66 Entertainment Center at first, and the owners decided not to reopen when they were allowed to.  The Lucky 66 update from when the episode originally aired stated that the owner Mike posted a lot of political thoughts on his Facebook page, so I am sure he was not happy with being shut down by the Governor.


Lucky 66 Bowl had their name changed to Great 66 Entertainment Center during their Bar Rescue makeover, but they quickly changed their name to Lucky 66 Entertainment Center and they kept that name until they closed.  Lucky 66 Entertainment Center has been marked 'Closed' on the Bar Rescue Updates page

Friday, January 28, 2022

Brenda's Inferno (Armadillo Grill) From Bar Rescue Has Closed

Brenda's Inferno, which appeared on season seven of Bar Rescue has closed. The bar was originally named Armadillo Grill until Jon Taffer decided to change the name to Brenda's Inferno, which the bar kept until closing. The bar closed in December 2021, and in November 2021, they posted the following message on their Facebook page:
"After 24 years in business, Brenda's Inferno/Armadillo Grill is closing it's doors for good. Our last day is Sunday December 5th, 2021. Thank you for your business and your friendship. The people that worked here and that came in to the 'Dillferno' have made the last 24 years the fun place it is. There are SOOO many great memories that I will cherish. Wishing you all the best. Thanks for an amazing 24 years!!
Cheers,
Brenda

"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened"
Dr. Seuss"
Shortly after they closed in December, Brenda's Inferno held a liquidation sale to sell all of the items inside of the bar.  

Brenda's Inferno appeared on Bar Rescue in September 2020 and the episode was filmed in March 2020.  Here is the detailed update done when the episode aired. 


Brenda's Inferno (Armadillo Grill) has been marked as 'Closed' on the Bar Rescue Updates page