On tonight’s Spike “Bar Rescue,” Jon Taffer and his crew came to Anoka, Minnesota on this episode titled, “Hard Heads and Softballs.” In 2012, long-time friends, Scott Mac and Todd Chester bought SRO that contained an inside and outside bar and four softball fields. Right off the bat, they made $800,000 in their first year and were an enormous success. Todd’s wife Elise was brought in to be the manager. Soon the partnership was strained, as Scott saw the errors of Todd’s ways. Todd always had a drink in his hand and gave away drinks to his friends, while Scott did much of the work. Scott and Todd split the venue and Scott took the outside bar and softball fields, leaving Todd with the main bar and restaurant. Fearing that with both names connected to the place, Scott would still be held responsible for Todd’s errant ways. So Scott, Todd and Elise agreed to bust open the books and put in a call to Jon Taffer and “Bar Rescue.”
Soon Todd’s antics began to hurt Scott’s position at the outside venue. With bikers riding through the ball fields and chasing away the families who wanted to have fun playing softball. Now with the bar losing $6,000 a month, something must be done, or else. Todd knows his house would be gone and with two kids in college, Scott would be in for a disaster.
Jon brought in Mia Mastroianni and Vic Vegas for recon, who will act as spies for Jon. Both have been with Jon for quite a while and with the skills behind the bar, Mia is an expert and Vic is a chef who can make food for all to love. Behind the bar was completely disorganized, and when asking for a signature drink from the menu, Amber, the bartender did not know if they had rum. When both Vic and Mia tasted the drink, it was horrible, with too much liquor of different varieties.
Mia went to the other bar outside to get a drink from Scott and his girlfriend, Linda. She ordered the Slut Hut Special, which she had to find a place to dump this drink. Vic tried the Chester Wrap that had a hair in it. Yuck! Two drinks and one food menu item that all were gross. Jon invited Elise to sit in the SUV with him and talk. She gave Jon the scoop about the business and revealed to him that they had six kids. He questioned the bikers who frequent the place and pointed out that they chase away the customers. He questioned this because there were about six bikers to the over seventy people in attendance at the softball game.
Suddenly, Todd and some friends decided to set a picnic table on fire that would cost about $200 to replace. As she was in tears watching the shenanigans of more stunts, Jon told her to get him so they can talk alone. She brought him outside where Jon called him a few names and berated him for burning his furniture. He mentioned losing $6,000 a month and Todd smiled, until he was ready to fight Jon.
The next day, Jon spoke to Scott Mack and wanted to get his take on the bar. Scott told Jon how he did his best to elevate the bar and the clientele, while Todd seemed to chase them away. They used to have families inside the place, but with the motorcycle burn-outs and other stunts, he wants no part of it. So he took the outside bar and softball fields, while the main bar was left to Todd. Jon spoke man to man with Todd and told him how his actions were dragging the business down and if the actions do not cease, he and his family will be in dire straits. He stood by his friends because they kept the place going during the winter. Jon told him to step back and let Elise run the business so he can go to his other job and sell real estate.
When the staff was together, Jon stated that he had lots of training to do, and brought in Mia and Vic to help them out. Because there were two bars to do training; Master Mixologist Phil Wills came in to help with the outside bar. Inside, Mia showed the bartenders that they should be able to tend bar blindfolded. They must get used to putting things back in their place; unlike what they did before. Tonight at the stress test, the bottles will be blacked out so if they use the wrong bottle, she will dump it out. Jon wants Elise and Scott to work together so both bars work well. With Courtney working outside, they must communicate so the staff can be moved to where it is needed most. Scott was out of his element behind the bar, as Phil noted. But the main bar had a line over a block long. Elise sent for Courtney, but Scott had her stay where she was. There was no line at that bar, and she should have gone to help. Elise talked to Scott and was annoyed at him for not helping, because he had only a few customers.
Jon noticed what was wrong and had to come up with another plan. Jon saw that Scott did not respect Elise. The next day, Jon suggested a floating note, where the bar would pay twenty percent of its revenue to Scott until his $20,000 was paid back. It was evident that Scott could not handle the business, and he was relieved. They told the staff what transpired and Scott left.
When the bar was ready to open for good, Jon had the staff outside to unveil the new name; Boulder Lodge Bar & Grill. Elise was in tears as with such a lovely exterior, she could only imagine with the inside looked like. Jon told everyone to go inside and check it out. The interior looked so nice and comfortable. The walls had stone and wood like a cabin in the Minnesota woods. The bar and food menus were prominent and allowed everyone to know exactly they were getting for the price. The place was jumping, and Todd stepped back and let Elise run the place. No more burnouts and setting the furniture on fire. This place was doing just fine now that two bars were not working against each other thanks to Jon and his crew on this 100th episode of “Bar Rescue.”
Six weeks after relaunch, Boulder Lodge has increased revenue by 38 percent, grossing $126,270 in food and beverage sales. Elise successfully manages both bars by herself and Todd continues to treat the bar as a place of business.