Saturday, May 12, 2018

Bar Rescue - The Cave Sports Bar Update

On this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Anaheim, California to rescue The Cave Sports Bar.  The Cave Sports Bar's owner is about $200,000 in debt and her son Jaime isn't helping things out.  He is the bar's manager and has hurt the business by not doing his job correctly such as not training staff.  The bartenders at the bar have a tendency to over serve customers and also themselves.

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


Blue Frog's Local 22 From Bar Rescue Has Closed

Blue Frog's Local 22 in Chicago, Illinois which appeared on the first season of Bar Rescue has closed.  Last night was their last night in business as the owners plan to retire.  The bar posted the following message on Facebook, "After 8 wonderful and crazy years, we’re retiring. Join us for a week of specials and an opportunity to purchase the amazing memorabilia of the bar! Our last day is Friday, May 11!"

Blue Frog's Local 22 also posted a photo that said, "Come see us before we close. After 30 years of slinging burgers & beers, Mimi is retiring!"

The Yelp reviews of Blue Frog's Local 22 were pretty positive averaging a 4 out of five stars, but it seems like the most recent ones were more negative.

In May of 2015, Blue Frog's Local 22 complained about scaffolding in front of their bar that prevented them from opening their patio and caused them to lose money.  They said they were in danger of closing and filed a lawsuit, which you can read here.  The scaffolding came down around July of 2015 and they remained open until now.

Blue Frog's Local 22 has been marked as 'Closed' on the Bar Rescue Updates Page.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Bar Rescue - The Copper Rocket Pub Update

On this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Maitland, Florida to rescue The Copper Rocket Pub. The Copper Rocket Pub is owned by Selman Markovic who doesn't take the blame for his bar's failure and instead blames his employees.  Also, there is food on the menu that is no longer available and the food that they do serve leaves a lot to be desired.

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

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Bar Rescue - Cap N Odies Lounge Update

On this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Atlantic Beach, Florida to rescue Cap N Odies Lounge.  Cap N Odies is run by the daughter of the original owner.  She is trying to find a way to keep his bar afloat to save his legacy.  The bartenders have trouble making basic drinks and  the ice machine is filthy which results in dirty drinks for the customers.

During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer slightly changed the name of Cap N Odies Lounge to just Cap N Odies. Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for Cap N Odies since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):


Bar Rescue - Chilleen's on 17 (Kid Chilleen's) Update

Kid Chilleen's appeared on Bar Rescue in April of 2013 and was renamed to Chilleen's on 17 during the episode and the bar has kept the name.  This episode was most known for having a horse walk into the bar and the bar remains open and successful.  Lets take a look at some reviews and news that relate to Chilleen's on 17.








  • Here is the Chilleen's on 17 Facebook Page and website which boasts "As seen on Bar Rescue."
  • The "our story" section on the website says they are out of bankruptcy and sales are up 43%.
  • The website also said a horse has not walked into the bar since the episode aired.
  • Donna said she stopped drinking in the bar since Jon Taffer left and that she lost 20 pounds. (Link)
  • Chilleen's on 17 appeared on a Back to the Bar episode of Bar Rescue and Jon Taffer declared the makeover a complete success. (Link)
  • There are over 200 Yelp reviews of Chilleen's on 17 with a 3.5 out of 5 star average.  The reviews have been mixed lately.  (Link)


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Bar Rescue - Club Platinum Gentlemen's Club Update

On this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Las Vegas, Nevada to rescue Club Platinum.  Club Platinum is a Gentlemen's with topless dancers that are more worried about staring at their phones than paying attention to the customers.  The owner Rita also argues with and chastises her employees in front of customers.

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

Friday, April 13, 2018

Breakwall Bar & Grill (Kilkenny's Irish Pub) Is Closed

Kilkenny's Irish Pub in Redondo Beach, California appeared on season 1 of Bar Rescue in July of 2011. During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer and team renamed the bar to Breakwall Bar & Grill and the bar kept the name. 

Breakwall Bar & Grill didn't last too much longer after the Bar Rescue episode aired as they surrendered their liquor license in January 2012 and closed.   

Owner Allie Speed told the local paper, "Breakwall, like many businesses, closed its doors in early January because it was impossible to keep it open. Sadly, we had no choice. We truly thank our patrons, employees and the Redondo Beach community for their support over the past six years."

In that article there are also tons of comments from locals who blame Carlos for the closure and have some not so nice things to say about him.  

Breakwall Bar & Grill is marked as 'Closed' on the Bar Rescue Updates Page.

Weber's Rum Bar & Grill (Weber's Place) is Closed

Photo - Facebook
Weber's Place in Reseda, California appeared on Bar Rescue in September of 2012.  During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer and team slightly renamed the bar to Weber's Rum Bar & Grill.  The owners decided to rename the bar to Weber's Sports Bar and Grill after Jon Taffer left.  Weber's also brought back live music after Bar Rescue left..

The reviews for Weber's Sports Bar and Grill were pretty negative after Bar Rescue left and some of the reviews are below:
  • "Sigh.....this place has tremendous potential. It has everything it needs to be successful: a stage and sound system for local talent, a large bar, plenty of crowd space, plenty of parking space, and name recognition. Unfortunately, gross mismanagement and downright apathy on behalf of the owners are its demise."
  • "Anything upgraded from their episode in Bar Rescue has vanished. It's a dirty little punk dive and not the good kind. The bartenders didn't even know how to make a hurricane."
  • "Weber's inability to serve most of their menu and the gross discourtesy shown to the headlining band (and others bands) is the cause for the poor rating."
  • "MR. OWNER! Read these reviews about your poor customer service and hire some servers who know what they are doing! If you don't, you'll lose a really great opportunity to make money. These poor customer service reviews are killing you!"
  • "I wanted to check out this place after I saw it on Bar Rescue and I can see why it was on there!!!!! We walked in and it had a great look but HORRIBLE SERVICE!!!! "
*Reviews from Yelp


Weber's Sports Bar and Grill closed in the middle of 2013, so not too long after they appeared on Bar Rescue. Their Facebook Page is still up, but they obviously have not posted since they closed.  The Bar Rescue Updates Page has Weber's listed as 'Closed'.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Bar Rescue - The Iron Horse (Joe's Thirsty Lizard) Update

On this week's episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Horn Lake, Mississippi to rescue Joe's Thirsty Lizard.  Joe's Thirsty Lizard is a dive bar owned by a Navy veteran Joe Scott who has put his unqualified friend in charge of managing the bar.  The cook at the bar doesn't care about anything and is caught taking showers at the bar.  Joe's Thirsty Lizard is dirty and in need of repairs and Joe is losing about $4,000 to $6,000 a month.

During the Bar Rescue makeover, Jon Taffer changed the name of Joe's Thirsty Lizard to The Iron Horse and the bar has kept the name. Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for The Iron Horse since Bar Rescue came and made all of the changes to the bar (All reviews are post-Bar Rescue):

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Laguna Lounge (Tres Cuartos) From Bar Rescue Has Closed

Tres Cuartos in Jersey City, NJ from season 4 of Bar Rescue has closed.  The bar appeared on Bar Rescue in October 2014 and was originally named Laguna Lounge.  Jon Taffer and Bar Rescue changed the name to Tres Cuartos, but the bar quickly changed their name back to Laguna Lounge.  Laguna Lounge eventually changed the name of the bar to Laguna Shots Bar, which was the name of the bar when it closed.

The bar closed around August 2017 with owner Ivan saying that the bar was closed and he had a new business called Viva La Musica Entertainment Company.  So it looks like Ivan is going to focus more on DJing as DJ El Comandante (Jon Taffer referred to him on the show as El Moron-te).


Tres Cuartos/Laguna Lounge/Laguna Shots Bar is now marked as 'Closed' on the Bar Rescue Updates Page and here is the original update for this episode.