Sunday, April 9, 2023

CJ's Patio Grill - Bar Rescue Update

In this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Loveland, Colorado to rescue CJ's Patio Grill.  In 2019, the current owner Fadil Astafaj purchased the bar after being in the restaurant industry for most of his life. Fadil is overworked and at the bar 16 hours a day and has trouble delegating work to others. He is supposedly $500,000 in debt and a few months from closing.

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

Positive Reviews:
  • "The shrimp fajita tacos are awesome!! Love this place. Great beer choices and service is good as well."
  • "The food was delicious and the staff were really friendly. Nice casual dining spot. The TVs are a nice addition."
  • "This is a family run business that really makes a great effort to make sure every customer feels appreciated. Staff is amazing! Food is incredible. Well done CJ's"
  • "Excellent service, great atmosphere and decent prices! We enjoyed the live music. Highly recommended."
  • "Great food and drinks and an amazing staff! You can’t go wrong with CJ’s!"
  • "Great little place in the corner. We stopped in for a late brunch early lunch over the weekend and were presently surprised by the atmosphere, and friendliness of the staff. Go check out their patio when the weather warms as I could enjoy sitting there people watching."
  • "I’ve been a loyal customer for over a decade, and my parents as well. CJ’s always had decent food and service in the past, but since the current owner (from the East Coast) took over I have NEVER been a bigger fan. The food quality went from good to OUTSTANDING and the service is as good and even better!"
  • "We've been going to CJ's for a long time and have never been disappointed. Great service, atmosphere, and excellent comfort food."
  • "The redo is great and the food is wonderful as always"
  • "The update looks good, same great staff and service."

Negative Reviews:
  • "Decided to visit this restaurant since it was on bar rescue I have ate there pre Covid needless to say I was not impressed post Covid and post bar rescue. The prices are ok ordered a appetizer of fried pickle think we got one pickle sliced up for 10 dollars. The wait staff took our drink order and forgot Then asked for refills and guess what forgot the food was ok nothing great"
  • "I really enjoyed eating here before. I ate here again recently since the show filmed and I think the quality of the food dropped noticably. The service is still good though."
*Reviews from Yelp, Google

Other News and Links:
  • The Bar Rescue for CJ's Patio Grill happened in June of 2022.
  • Here is a preview video of the episode from the Bar Rescue YouTube page
  • Here is the CJ's Patio Grill website and Facebook page
    • The bar is having a watch party at the bar for the episode. 
  • The show didn't change the name, but they did help with a new logo design.
  • Here are the Facebook pages of Fadil (owner). Jade (GM), Dan (Kitchen Manager), Shawna (bartender)
  • Here are the reviews for CJ's Patio Grill from YelpTripAdvisor, and Google.
    • The bar responds to reviews on Google.


Jon Taffer decided to keep the name of CJ's Patio Grill during the Bar Rescue makeover.  The reviews for CJ's Patio Grill since the Bar Rescue makeover are mostly positive with customers liking the food, service, staff and drinks. It seems like there are a lot of loyal customers and they are happy with the changes from the show.

*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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