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: Meathead-to-Head.”
Jon Taffer presented another episode where he returned to questionable venues with owners who were on the edge. His regulars were his announcer with the distinctive voice, PJ, mixologist Mia Mastroianni, Greg from Mandala Labs who went head-to-head with Mia making a cocktail called the Jonfire that gets put on every menu of every rescue. 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 then used an example of a bar owner who likes to be the center of attention like Rob from the Dirty Rooster who appeared in the episode titled “Swinging from the Rafters.” This owner treated his bar like a frat house rather than a business. Jon Taffer turned the bar around, made it family friendly and changed the filthy name to Lake Marie Lodge, making it a great place for boaters to enjoy the new theme. Chef Nick Liberato returned to the venue to find that the name was changed to Dirty Rooster presents Lake Marie Lodge. When Nick walked in, Ron had a drink in his hand. Nick asked him what was still in place on the food menu, and he told Nick nothing. He lied about the numbers of sales, and Nick ordered the top five items, which were all terrible; burnt pizza, canned cheese and mac & cheese of questionable sources.
Jon then introduced Rob and when Jon asked if he had been drinking, he replied, Of course! Jon then asked him about the bogus sales figures he told Nick and already had the numbers on a piece of paper. According to Jon, they are losing money once again. The two partners he originally had are no longer partners; his chef is gone and after promising not to drink in his bar any longer, he drinks all the time. Jon deemed the rescue a complete failure, although Rob objected.
Jon then pointed out Stu Manchu, the manager of Rhythm & Brews in Staten Island, New York. It is now known as 5th & Vine, and from the episode titled “Schmuck Dynasty,” Stu has cleaned up his act since then, thanks to Jon.
The revisit that Jon was truly waiting for was The End Zone, where he saw the most conflict between business owners Sean & Justin from the episode titled, “Muscle Madness.” They also had the filthiest kitchen with blood from chopped meat dripping on cases of beer. Vic Vegas even pointed out a cockroach eating a grasshopper inside the light. When the two egos of the owners were brought under control, Jon transformed the place into the Houston Sports Hub and eliminated the male strippers. Chef Vic returned with a health inspector to check out the place. It was clean and well kept. Vic did not see Sean and Stephanie there, and was told that they opened their own place a short distance away. The two ex-partners have not seen each other in over a year and stayed in separate hotels while this was filming. Jon mentioned that they were trying to destroy each other again. It was evident that Sean was trying to put his old partner out of business when the tactics he used were described. Justin told Jon that Sean took his staff with him when he left, but all have already quit.
Jon read the statistics; Justin’s bar did $53,000 last month, and Sean’s bar did $10,000 according to the State of Texas. Jon then halted the name-calling and told everyone that alone each of them was a good guy, but together they were a disaster. Jon had them touch fists and wish each other luck, but time will tell if the animosity can subside.
Jon then spoke of family problems as with the four Browne sisters who ran The Holding Company. Jon sent in Mia and Tiffany Derry to check out the Happy Hour menu for this bar located in a corporate center on the episode titled “Loose Lips Loose Tips.” The cocktails were inconsistent, and the food was atrocious. When Jon converted it to the Patriot House, the place turned around. These hard-working sisters truly rechanneled their energy into what they did best for the business. Jon sent in two spies to check the place out and time the service of the food menu and two more spies to rate the cocktails. The cocktails were then put in jars and sent to be checked by Jon’s testing for consistency, and his rating for the Patriot House was a complete success.
Greg Hawkins from Mandala Lounge in San Mateo, California was one of the most arrogant bartenders in “Bar Rescue” history. He did not like to see women behind the bar and stated that if he could find a woman who could tend bar as fast as him, he would put her behind the bar. Mia proceeded to wipe the floor with him. When Jon asked how the new name 38th Floor was doing, he told him that they were doing well and the debt was being paid off. The episode was titled, “Mandala Down,” now has female bartenders. Mia and Greg went head-to-head once again to make three drinks, and Jon called it a tie on this episode of “Bar Rescue.”