On tonight’s Spike “Bar Rescue,” Jon Taffer and his crew came to Clearwater, Florida on this episode titled, “Getting Freaky at the Tiki.” In 2008, Frank Theriault and gave friend Shawn Trimpe a 2.5 percent stake in the business. After having an awesome first year, they brought in their friend Woody to manage the bar. Soon, the owners were acting more like frat boys than owners making Woody annoyed at giving away free drinks and drinking at the bar. Soon the lack of maintenance and disrepair in the bar gave customers no reason to return; not even the free drinks. Now losing $6,500 a month and in the hole for $500,000, Frank, Shawn and Woody agreed to open the doors, bust open the books and call for help from Jon Taffer and “Bar Rescue.”
Jon was sitting in his SUV with Chef Ryan Scott and Mixologist Mia Mastroianni as they observed the green lights that make people look like zombies and put a putrid spin on any food served. They further observed a woman being lifted onto the bar for body shots as Frank stood around drinking. The interior was like a college frat house but the median age of the residents was 40-45, and not appealing to the age. Woody has been emailing Jon Taffer for months and seems to be the only one with his head on straight in the entire bar. For recon, Jon is sending in Tracy, her husband Juciano, and her daughter Zoe from Piratz. They are down because they Zoe goes to college nearby and they are opening a bar nearby called Bar Refuge.
They ordered a drink that contained three different flavored vodkas which Mia stated was completely wrong. No fruit or flavors to accompany the cocktail, just pure vodka. Tracy could not even drink it because it was too strong. When they observed the woman cook making pizza she poured the sauce from a can and rubbed it over the pizza with her bare hands and then took cheese with the same hand and spread the cheese. Jon, Mia and Ryan were aghast. The burger she was cooking looked like cat food. Then she went outside to the fryer using the same hands to open the outside door. Jon had enough and went in, not allowing them to even go near the food. Woody told Jon that he had chastised Robin for the cooking methods and she obviously turned a deaf ear. Jon called the three men losers and when Frank tried to tell Jon how stressed he was that made him drink, Jon put on the crybaby face and left.
Frank said he has not gotten an ass-chewing like that since high school. All three guys agreed; no more drinking on the job, drinking after hours and no more women on the bar.
After checking the kitchen, they discussed the losses and found two freezers filled with food that was not dated and some partially cooked. Jon would not shake hands with Robin. In the bar, Mia found several things wrong. When she asked who was responsible for keeping the bar clean, nobody answered. Mia pointed out that the stickiness and buildup of grime was happening for a long time. Nobody was cleaning the place and the dirty habits went into the kitchen. Then when Mia looked down she spotted a used condom that was most likely used after the bar closed. Now it is up to them to clean the place so it is ready for training.
When it was properly cleaned, they returned and a serious training began in both the kitchen and bar. Ryan presented Robin with gloves and ordered her to use them. They brought in a piece of equipment that would make food fast and eliminate nasty preparations. In the bar, Mia gave good directions and things were going well.
When the stress test began, the kitchen was doing a booming business and Woody was too. Suddenly Jon saw a stream of water on the floor and a woman at the bar said it happens all the time. Frank went in to snake the clog and Jon was shocked to see him doing this. He has a stack of plumbing bills and each time they come out it is $250.
The next day, more training went on to create a woman-friendly theme in a sports bar. They did a good job at the stress test until the leak. Jon sat with Frank to find his inspiration. It was his late father, who also had a bar business. Jon saw the determination when Frank tried to snake the bathroom and understood his pain. The new exterior was bright and inviting, and inside it was an entirely revitalized place. When the mob of people entered, they were excited and the games inside were keeping people there having fun and spending money on this episode of “Bar Rescue.”
Eight weeks after the relaunch, Frankie T’s food and beverage sales are down 29%. The owners blame the emergence of bigger sports bars in the area for their low sales. The staff continue to uphold standards, and trust the new food & drink items will soon attract customers back in.