On tonight’s Spike “Bar Rescue,” Jon Taffer returns to bars he previously helped to find out if they kept their promises in this compilation episode titled, “Back to the Bar: Empty Pockets Please!.”
Jon Taffer presented another episode where he returned to questionable venues with owners who were on and sometimes over the edge. His regulars were his announcer with the distinctive voice, PJ Kane, DJ Blue Steel, mixologist Lisa Marie Joyce, Jordan from Underground Wonder Bar, Tracy and Juciano from Piratz Bar, Chef Pink in the kitchen and Chef Sal from the Six Point Inn, who had an altercation as to whose gravy was the best. Later, the audience in attendance will judge both and come to a conclusion. Jon told the audience that at “Bar Rescue,” they are proud of their eighty percent success rate and are not afraid to talk to the twenty percent who fail.
Jon told viewers that over the years, they had seen some crazy uniforms, so they put on a fashion show of uniforms people have worn in the bars they rescued. The first one was barely a uniform. This gold creation was from Extreme Sports Bar, where owner Justin had his bartenders wearing as little as possible and called it a uniform. The next was Handlebar and Grill where the bartenders wore raggedy denim shorts and a barely there tank top. The next was the baseball uniform worn by bartenders and servers in Characters. The next was the man’s uniform of a pirate worn by Piratz. The last as voted the best/worst was from MT Bottle worn by Brandi that was complete with chaps and nipple rings on the tee shirt.
Brandi agreed to stick around a bit longer as they showed the clip of her showing her boobs to customers by pulling her shirt down. Brandi became one of the favorites in “Bar Rescue” history. She admitted that she no longer works there because she did not make enough money and now has a factory job. Jon told her that her personality is what made her a favorite. He then talked about Redneck Engineering.
At MT Bottle, the customers were always drunk because they took advantage of the brown bag rule that they could bring in their own bottles in a brown bag. The bar did not have a liquor license, hence the brown bags. Once Jon took charge, the owner changed his ways and tried to help his wife Gina, who worked two jobs. Jon used the theme of Redneck Engineering and redesigned the place, but Gina did not like the theme at all. Jon sent Lisa Marie back to see how they were doing and if the theme was still alive. The horse trailer entrance was still standing, but the liquor license was gone. The place was immaculate, but Lisa Marie was disappointed that they could not sell liquor. Gina came by to tell Jon what happened. After they got the license back, they received a call from the State of Tennessee advising them that they were just outside the city limits. Another huge problem is the natural spring in the basement with contaminated water that smells. Jon had the water analyzed and it contained bacteria and other disease causing germs just shy of the bubonic plague. Gina promised to take care of it as soon as she returned to the bar. Jon knew that the brown bag rule that was putting them out of business prior to Jon’s arrival was now a no-no there. But Jon sent Brandi there with a bottle to see how many shots she could give out when nobody was looking. When Tracy found out, he was upset and demanded she remove the bottle immediately. Jon also asked those people in the area to sign a petition to get the liquor license back for the bar.
Jon then discussed the filthiest bar he ever saw; Fairways Golf & Grill in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Jon spoke to Kevin the chef from there via Skype. He asked him about the bubbling salsa he found in the kitchen that could make anyone who ate it sick. Kevin continued to evade the question and would not admit any fault on his part. It was futile for Jon to speak with him and the conversation ended.
Jon then spoke of Piratz, one of the most famous episodes in “Bar Rescue” history. Tracy and her husband Juciano had a bar that thrived on role playing with a pirate theme. Jon transformed Piratz into Corporate Bar and Grill for the many businesses in the area of Silver Springs, Maryland. When they changed the bar back to Piratz, it only took a few months for the bar to close. Tracy told Jon that they are ready to open a new location in Florida called Bar Refuge.
The next bar took sexism to a whole other level. At Six Point Inn, in Portland, Oregon, Chef Sal believed his gravy was the best ever. The patrons were far from impressed. When Chef Pink tried to change it, the battle was on. So the fans in attendance had the chance to decide for themselves. After tasting two different gravies, Chef Pink’s gravy won the challenge. When he found out that he lost the challenge, Sal had a meltdown and left.
When Jon arrived at Underground Wonder Bar, in Chicago, he had no idea how the place stayed open. Owner Lonie was an artist and musician, but her singing was sending customers away and Jon said she was the most difficult owner he ever had on the show. Every change Jon suggested was pooh-poohed by Lonie. Finally, her son Jordan intervened and persuaded his mother to accept the changes that Jon offered.
Jon sent Chef Pink to the place to see how things were going. The name was Lonie Walker’s Underground Wonder Bar, not the name he changed it to. Jordan was behind the bar, and continued to be the general manager and tended bar one or two nights a week. The place was filled with people, which was a good point. The freezer still contained frozen pizzas, which Jordan stated were back by popular demand. Lonie’s singing was much better than before and her art and singing were doing well. For Jon, the jury is out on this episode of “Bar Rescue.”