Saturday, May 18, 2024

VFW Post 1689 - Bar Rescue Update

In this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Jacksonville, Florida to rescue VFW Post 1689.  While Jon is doing recon, he finds that the bartenders do not know how to make basic drinks such as a dirty martini. He also finds a building that is falling apart and beer taps that do not function properly.  He will need to find a way to turn things around and increase the membership numbers at the bar.

During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer decided to keep the name of VFW Post1689 like he has for all other VFW rescues. Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for VFW Post 1689 since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):

Positive Reviews:


Negative Reviews:


Other News and Links:
  • The Bar Rescue for VFW Post happened in December 2023.
  • Here is a preview video of the episode from the Bar Rescue YouTube page
  • Here is the VFW Post 1689 website and Facebook page
    • The bar posts events on Facebook and they are having a watch party for the episode.
  • A local article about the Bar Rescue makeover said the bar has 115 members and the show "redid the front lobby, renovated the entire bar area, provided a new panini press and pizza oven, renovated and recertified the stove hood and fire-suppression system and resurfaced the pool table."  Pete LaComb said they still have work they would like to do such as the ceilings, floors, air conditioning and renovations for an event room.  He was very appreciative of the rescue and estimated that Bar Rescue spent about $75,000 on the makeover.
  • Here are the reviews for VFW Post 1689 from Yelp and Google.
    • The Google reviews are pretty positive, but there haven't really been any since the makeover.


Jon Taffer kept the name of VFW Post 1689 as he has done with all the previous VFW makeovers.   There aren't too many reviews for VFW Post 1689 but the reviews from the past seem very positive. It seems they are happy with the makeover and they also plan on continuing renovations.  A local article said the membership at the bar is at 115 members, so maybe the episode airing will help increase membership.  As this makeover was for a non-profit organization and not a failing bar, VFW Post 1689 will not be included in the Bar Rescue statistics on the Bar Rescue Updates page.

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