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):

Positive Reviews:
  • "We came to the Char Bar for the first time. Absolutely loved it! The Toasted Old Fashion and Apricot Mule were great! We also had the STP, so good. The brisket nachos were amazing. Abbey thanks s a great bartender."

Negative Reviews:
  • "Went to the grand opening last night 11/20/21. Probably the worst bbq if had in a while and the only plate that was fully eaten of our party of 8 was the loaded potato skins. Both new drinks, the one with rosemary and the bourbon one, were awful to drink...Understood and was patient with the servers but it's the food that will not be back for... Lots of bikers in the front entrance blocking the way, just FYI. Not sure if that bothers anyone but just was hard to walk around them to get in the restaurant."
  • "We heard the restaurant was going to be on the show BAR RESCUE, so we went to check it out. After the rescue, it was still awful. Not only do they not have any beers on tap, but they do not serve any local brews even in cans or bottles. The menu is limited to begin with, then when we placed our order, we’re told our item was only available on “special occasions.” (Although not noted so on the menu) The chips in our brisket nachos were clearly stale. Very. The cheese was fresh out of a cheese whiz can. The “brisket“ was ….let’s just say….not up to par. We ordered the pulled pork plate. The portion of pork was very very tiny, and more like pig knuckles. I literally have nothing good to say about the place. Even the barstools were wobbly, and the bathroom was disgusting. I would’ve hate to have seen it before the “rescue,” we surely would’ve ended up with food poisoning."
  • "Entry to restaurant was blocked by a group of bikers outside smoking. I am a smoker myself but that was ridiculous. We were one of two tables eating. Waited 30 minutes for them to even acknowledge us. They seemed confused over two separate menus. One had strange typos. We waited another 20 min for them to tell us they were out of BBQ. An hour after that we ended up with the worst nachos ever. The chips were soggy and the cheese was the cheapest stuff you can find in a can. We just paid the very over priced bill and left."
  • "Well bar rescue clearly did a terrible job and needs to go back. Maybe 5 people in there and while we were playing golden tee the table by us waited over 30 minutes for food, then were told they were out of what they ordered. Decor is ehhh... ok but wasted space and terrible service. Nope and nope."
  • "Burgers were terrible. Just soggy, no flavor. Order came out wrong. Typos all over menu. Service/atmosphere was fine, but would not eat there again."
*Reviews from Yelp, Google

Other News and Links:
  • The Bar Rescue for The Brick Tavern/Char Bar & BBQ happened in November 2021.
  • Here is a preview video of the episode from the Bar Rescue Facebook page.
  • Here is the Char Bar & BBQ website and Facebook page
  • Here are the Facebook pages of Charlene (owner), Cassi (manager), Bre (bartender), Kyan (bartender), and Jordan (bartender)
    • Everybody is posting about the upcoming episode and Char Bar & BBQ is having a watch party for the episode, so they seem excited for their appearance on TV.
  • Here are the reviews for Char Bar & BBQ from Yelp, TripAdvisor, and Google.
    • The reviews before the makeover were not too good with a 2.5 out of 5 star average on Yelp.
  • It seems like a lot of people are confused if the "Char" in Char Bar & BBQ is for Charlene or if it is mistaken for burnt food. (Link)


Jon Taffer decided to change the name of The Brick Tavern to Char Bar & BBQ and the bar has kept the name.  The reviews of Char Bar & BBQ have been pretty negative with complaints about the food such as stale chips and bad burgers.  People also complained about there being typos all over the menu and bikers blocking the entrance to the bar.  The bar and the employees have been advertising their upcoming appearance on Bar Rescue, so they do seem happy with the makeover. 

*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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