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: No Laughing Matter.”
Jon appeared in a night club setting unlike the SUV as fans usually see him at the beginning of a show. Along with him was the voice of “Bar Rescue,” PJ King, who millions have heard, but few have seen. Legends of the mixology world, Phil Wills and Lisamarie Joyce were present and Brandy Beavers from Scottsdale, Arizona, whom Jon met when he rescued Stand-Up Scottsdale. This bar had one of the most outspoken owners in Howard Hughes. Jon asked Brandy what she has been doing, and she told him she was writing comedy. She confessed with a name like Brandy Beavers, there is not much she can do and after Jon left; they cut her salary in half because they were not making enough money. He also introduced DJ Blue Steel from Cashmere in Raleigh, North Carolina.
At another rescue, Jack’s Fire Department, the McGowan brothers did not get along because of Jimmy’s domineering ways. When their mother wrote a letter to them regarding their late father, Jon Taffer printed it on the back of the menus for all to see. Wondering how they are doing now, Jon brought them back. He sent in the Tubridy brothers from another rescue of Bungalow Bar. When the brothers saw each other, it was a great reunion. The fire theme was loved by the Tubridy brothers, and they were happy with what they saw. They questioned the whereabouts of John McGowan, and sadly, they were no longer in contact with him because of money. Before the Tubridy brothers left, Jimmy and Brian had a dispute, but they will always be that way and the next day all is well. Jon Taffer made sure the brothers did love each other, and they even affirmed that they loved their brother John. Brian sees John, and so does Jimmy’s kids, but he and John are not really speaking. Jon wanted to leave a talking point for them. They had a contest to see who could eat a ghost pepper sandwich without drinking the glass of milk served with it. Dee Tubridy won the challenge. Before he left, Jon made Jimmy promise to reach out to his brother John.
The next rescue was a bar in Raleigh, North Carolina that was known as Cashmere with the worst manager by the name of DJ Blue Steel, whose catch phrase was “All In.” Unfortunately, Cashmere/Dual Ultra closed up, as Blue Steel reported.
Jon had a countdown of the most unwanted critters they ever encountered at a bar. Number Five was at Oasis Hookah Bar in Omaha, Nebraska in the form and smell of a dead rat. Number Four was at Head Hunters in Austin, Texas where the owner locked his cat inside at night to kill the rats, but the place had a menagerie of disgusting bugs. Number Three was Toucan’s in Hollywood, Florida where the word rats was all that needed to be said. At Number Two was KC’s Neighborhood Bar in Johnson County, Kansas was visited regularly by raccoons, and it left its calling cards at the bar. The Number One has to go to Kid Chilleen’s Steakhouse, in Black Canyon City, Arizona, where people rode into the bar on horseback.
When Jon and crew arrived at Kid Chilleen’s, it was about nineteen miles from the highway exit. Scott and Donna Chilleen saw no profits; the reason because they either drank up the profits or gave them away. They put their responsible daughter Aleah in charge, who had to deal with their drunk and belligerent friends. When a horse took a poop in the bar, it took all Jon could do not to walk away. He came back with a promise from Scott and Donna, whom he would give them a breathalyzer test each day and if there was any alcohol on their breath, he would walk. Jon sent in two barbeque lovers, Trent and Hunter to see if they were continuing to do the barbeque the way Jon left it. It received ten stars from the guys who were served in less than five minutes. Scott was nowhere to be found in the bar, and it was learned that he stepped away from the bar and is continuing to fight his demons. Jon sent in some spies to make sure Donna is staying the course, and she is sober and both, she and Aleah are running the bar like a team, and it is a well-oiled machine.
Jon introduced Rudy Garcia from “Win, Place & Show,” in Fairfield, Ohio. He was not the perfect partner for the bar, so Jon suggested the other owner bought him out. He loves his band and doing well with a new CD coming out soon. He loves barbeque, and Jon introduced him to his barbeque chef Kevin Bludso, who just won his 100th award. They discussed how liquid smoke is sometime used to make barbeque, but the ring around the meat truly tells the difference between real and fake barbeque.
Jon then spoke of artists who buy a bar to display their artwork, but when art is put first, the bar loses. Stand Up Scottsdale is a perfect example. Howard, the owner was using the place for his own experimental comedy. Jon attempted to make the place the only Laugh Factory comedy venue in Scottsdale. Since Jon left, Howard brought back the original name and had something to say to Jon. When he arrived, he was not a happy person and was not happy with the effort Jon put into his club. He told Jon it was done for a television show, but Jon countered by stating that people watched his show and did not come to see his comedy. He then showed Howard the spies he sent in and what they encountered. The two women waited nearly twenty minutes for both food and drinks to arrive, as the one server worked feverishly to serve all the guests. Howard called Jon a fraud. Jon showed the A-list quality green room he built for the club, which Howard restyled and removed half of it and turned the other half into a junk room. Howard had some great partners, and Jon read an email he received from one of them. He stated that he liked Howard as a person, but would have fired him long ago because their business friendship does not work. Jon then stated that Howard was a U.S. Marine and went to Kuwait for us. He does not want to attack him personally, because he does not take things personally. He came to help him, and it did not work. As Howard stood in front of Jon, he slapped the email out of his hand, and the security man grabbed him to prevent any further confrontation on this episode of “Bar Rescue.”