Saturday, March 16, 2024

The Foxy Ox (Thirsty Ox) - Bar Rescue Update

In this week's episode of Bar Rescue, the show is in Oxnard, California to rescue The Thirsty Ox.  Rony Ortega and his wife Gaby bought the bar in 2021 to fulfil his lifelong dream of owning a bar.  Despite it being Rony's dream, Gaby is the one that is there every day running the bar.  The Thirty Ox is supposedly losing up to $4,000 a month causing Rony and Gaby to be about $50,000 in debt.  The bar is supposedly six months away from closing and is causing Rony and Gaby to put having kids on hold.

During the Bar Rescue makeover, Bar Rescue decided to change the name of The Thirsty Ox to The Foxy Ox, however the bar has switched back to The Thirsty Ox.  Lets take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for The Foxy Ox since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):

Positive Reviews:
  • "I have lived in Oxnard the majority of my life and my first time visiting here was on this past Saturday. Mariah was our bartender and she was so sweet. Her music choices were good and the overall vibes of the bar were great. I will definitely be back"
  • "Was remodeled as part of a TV show. Only bar I know with APA Diamond tables. Friendly staff a clientele. It's earned its place as a part of Oxnard history. The locals have been very welcoming. Very cool people. TV's all around for sports and I love the L shape of the bar that the cutest bartendresses can walk in. You'll see. Have fun."
  • "Great music, love the decor, staff, excellent place."

Negative Reviews:
  • "It is now FOXY OX after remodel but I see no difference"
  • "Check your bank statement for correct charge. New design lots of tvs for sports"
*Reviews from Yelp, Google

Other News and Links:
  • The Bar Rescue for The Thirsty Ox happened in August 2023.
  • The bar changed their name from The Foxy Ox back to Thirsty Ox within a month after the Bar Rescue makeover. They said the customers and staff didn't like the name and it didn't match the bar's theme.
  • Here is a preview video of the episode from the Bar Rescue YouTube page
  • Here is The Thirsty Ox Facebook page and they do not post much.
  • Here are the reviews for The Thirsty Ox from Yelp and Google.
  • Here is the Facebook page of Rony (owner)
  • A local article about the upcoming episode said they applied to be on the show about a year ago and were initially denied, but they were later contacted by producers. The article also said that Jon Taffer was not with the film crew when they did the makeover in August and Phil Wills was the one providing the criticism. 
    • The Ortegas were happy with the work done, but still have work to do with replacing the floors. 


Bar Rescue decided to change the name of The Thirsty Ox to The Foxy Ox and the bar switched back to their original name within a month.  There aren't too many reviews since the makeover, but the few reviews were somewhat positive and the reviews before the makeover were positive as well.  As it was described on the show, there are a lot of regulars that frequent the bar and it seems that is still the case. It seems like this rescue wasn't like the normal rescues done on the show as Jon Taffer was not there.  This may be the reason why people said not much changed and the reason the bar switched back to their old name.

*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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