On tonight’s Spike “Bar Rescue,” Jon Taffer and his crew came to Detroit, Michigan, on this episode titled, “Bare Rescue.” In 2005, long-time bar owner, Richard Skinner purchased the strip bar on Dix Street, hence the name. Owning more than one bar and with immediate success of his new bar, he left much of the daily chores to others. This caused his business to suffer. Darren Lee was his general manager who hired a person to recruit and hire the strippers. As the customers left, the tips diminished too. So Richard and Darren agreed to bust open the books and put in a call to Jon Taffer and “Bar Rescue.”
As Jon sat in the SUV, Lisamarie Joyce, expert trainer and mixologist and Renae Lemmens, experienced gentleman’s club entertainment director watched from across the street. They also spotted the manager doing the cooking in the kitchen, strippers falling asleep at the bar and the worst customer service from these women. Jon and Renae agreed that the actions of the women were not only disgusting, but illegal allowing the women to be touched by customers.
Jon sent in a bachelor party to do recon. The guys did not even pay attention to the dancers and one sat with them just to drink for free and was already intoxicated. Jon ripped Chuck, the entertainment manager a new one, and as he walked out, he knocked over a shelf filled with glasses.
The next day Jon met with the entire staff, including the owner Richard. He told Richard that he needed to let his manager Darren manage the place. He brought in Lisamarie, Renae and Vic Vegas to train someone to cook, if he deemed it necessary.
The stress test was primarily a failure because Darren had to cook, manage and also fire a stripper named Sweetie who was told by Renae to smile. She felt that she did not have to smile, and she did not respect Renae because she was quite older than her. Richard did not trust Darren, and it was evident. Jon advised Richard to give Darren sixty days to do it his way, and if it did not work, then he could go back to do it his way.
After the bar was renovated, Jon met with the staff, and they loved the new name, Power Strip. Inside, the poles lit up, the stage was just what the place needed. The bar was amazing and when the place opened for business, the girls were dancing; the bartenders were doing a great job, and Darren was a leader.
Darren told, “Bar Rescue” that six weeks after the relaunch, sales had diminished a bit. However, they are working to get the business up. He brought Sweetie and Chuck back, and they are working out well. However, thanks to Jon and his crew on this episode of “Bar Rescue,” they have a beautiful new bar and attitude, and they expect big and better things.