If you’re a fan of Bar Rescue and want to know what happened on past and present episodes, look no further than Jim Search(@jimsearch) and Max Cohen(@thisismaxcohen)! These comedians are trained experts in watching Bar Rescue and will bring you the heavily involved details as only they can. SHUT IT DOWN! Reach out to them at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter at @shutitdownrecap.
This is it Taffertins! We embraced every possible solution we could…but they called last call and it’s time to close the bar. Check out Jim and Max recap all of the highlights from 4 years of covering all things Bar Rescue. From all of our guests, interviews to the time we were ON the show. It’s worth a dive. We love y’all peace! Go find all the episodes on our Patreon…we shall live on! [EP154]
Check it Taffertins! We got ANOTHER Bar Rescue expert interview. With none other than Russell Davis (@MrRussellDavis) Skypin in with us. And boy does he have a story to tell. From rising through the bar scene in Texas all the way to becoming Bartender of the Year in 2012 to his Bar Rescue run…he has seen it all behind the stick. Get ready for it! [EP153]
Taffertins! We got a special treat for you…it’s not a regular recap episode. It’s an interview with Vic Vegas, Bar Rescue expert! (IG: @chefvicvegas) That’s right y’all…an exclusive talk with the amazing chef himself. And get this…we talked to Vic, while he was getting a tattoo! Crazy! We go over his story, how he linked up with Jon and even his dogs. You don’t wanna miss this one! [EP152]
Hola Taffertins! Another great recap is on deck…for this adventure, we head to Tempe, AZ to the Rocky Point Cantina. Things are just that, rocky. The owner Scott has turned the bar into a death metal venue…that is only open on “show” nights. Well, this is not a recipe for success at all. Also should point out that his parents bought him the bar…can’t get more metal that! Jon is fully prepared to step in make some changes…enjoy! (S3: E21) [EP151]
A BONUS EPISODE! That’s right Taffertins…we got you a nice extra treat this week. It’s not overpouring…we promise. For this special episode, we head to Warwick, RI to a bar called Marley’s On The Beach. Boy, does it have drama, Kevin, a man with an IT background took out a loan from his wife, Michelle to open the place, ran it into the ground and then when Michelle tried to help, dumped her with all the responsibility and started just chillin at the bar…whaaa? On top of that, Michelle hires her friend to assistant manage and she fights with the cook all the time. So much mess…this is a gold mine! Get ready for all of it. (S3: E20) [EP150]
Yo Taffertins! We got another one comin for ya…on this journey we head to New Bedford, MA to the bar Libad’s. It’s run by Jessica and her brother Dave. Jessica got a loan from her dad to get it started and things went great…until their cousin, who ran the kitchen, passed away…all hell breaks loose! Friends start working there and steal, bartenders drink out of shoes?! It’s a madhouse. Lucky for us, Jon is here to save the day. (S3: E18) [EP149]
Check it out Taffertins! We got a special request from a Good Friend of the show Lane! That’s right Lane, this one is for you! So check it out. We head right outside of Houston, TX and hit the bar called “The End Zone.” It’s owned Justin, a former stripper. After some time he brings in his friend Shawn, a fellow former stripper and MMA fighter to help him hold down the fort. Between male strip club nights, toxic brawls amongst staff and Shawn smashing a computer screen…things are not chill…until Jon comes on the scene. Good pick Lane, this one is a whole lot of mess! (S3: E40) [EP148]
We are still at it Taffertins! We are not the ones to let you down. We have a service we take seriously…and that service is to bring you the highlights and recaps of Bar Rescue. On this mission, we are deployed to Hope Mills, NC to a bar called Cliques. It is owned by a former Marine and blockhead named Todd. And boy does Todd not wanna own any of his shit, but Jon owns it! Over and over again. Get into it! (S3: E17) [EP147]
EP146: Yoooo Taffertins! Check it out, we got a special request episode from our good friend of the show Lane…and we deliver. This episode is a crazy one. Taffer heads to his hometown Vegas to the legendary Sand Dollar. A joint being ran by Lisa, a single mother. It’s also being run by a certified creep named Paul. And the title certainly lives up to its name. Get after it!
EP145: Here it is Taffertins! We got a special request episode from our good friend of the show Jonathan F. This one is for you my friend! Enjoy it! On this run, we head to Garner, NC to a bar called Characters. It’s run by a gentleman named Guy, a strong personality from Long Island. He is bringing his love of having his staff dress up as different characters to sell alcohol and food. But brings a New York attitude that the south does not appreciate. And oh yeah, he screams at and berates his sister Alex the entire time. Family love! Jon will have none of this behavior. Check it out.(S3: E16)
EP144: Ahoy Taffertins! We hit the high seas of Bar Rescue yet again! With this adventure, we have our hilarious friend Chris Millhouse (@chrismillhouse) at Jim Jam Studios talking about the episode “Swinging From the Rafters.” It’s a patreon special request too! (Thanks Sean F.) It’s quite a doozy as well…we have three owners, 2 have no idea what they are doing, one of them knows a little bit about the bar, but is too busy getting blackout drunk, literally swinging from the rafters and showing his tramp stamp all the while buying drinks for women and then passing out in his hovel apartment. Woo boy! Get ready for all of it. (S4: E8)
EP143: Taffertins! Man oh man do we have a jam-packed episode ready for you. It’s got everything…toxic parenting, buffoon managerial stylings, deception! It’s gonna be a wild ride. We head to Bountiful, UT to the bar called “The Fifth.” It’s owned and “operated” by a man named Brad. Well, Brad took the bar over after his dad passed away and decided he was gonna fail it…on his terms! His daughters were involved but got ran out of the bar because that’s just how he rolls. Get ready! (S6: E32)
EP142: Salute Taffertins! It is time to fall in line for another amazing Shut It Down episode! On this adventure, we travel to Littleton, CO to “GI Jodi’s Bar & Grill.” It’s owned by a woman named Jodi, whose father served in the armed forces (big for Jon!) and has military paraphernalia all over the place in tribute to him. At first, they were doing great…but then tragedy struck and Jodi’s dad passed away, sending her into a tailspin. She brings in her son Travis to help run it…but never lets him do anything. What a mess! Get into it! (S6:E46)
EP141: Another new episode Taffertins! We are only bringing you the best that Bar Rescue has to offer. On this go ’round we head to Aurora, CO to Wildfire Bistro. It’s run by a “singer” named Tony. A meticulously coifed man who sings cover songs as if it is Madison Square Garden. His delusions of grandeur have not only run his business into the ground, but also split his family more than one can imagine. Taffer is so repulsed by all of this…that he sends in the experts for the dress down! A first! Go get it! (S6:E45)
EP140: Yo Taffertins! We got an extra special episode for ya…check it out. Our good friend Courtney Maginnis (IG: courtmaginnis) from the podcast “The Narcisistas (IG: thenarcisistas) in the booth at Jim Jam Studios ready to talk some Bar Rescue. Boy is this a goodie on deck, Jon heads to Blue Springs, MO to visit a former Bar Rescue friend Mark. He’s got some curveballs thrown his way and is in desperate need of some rescuing. His wife, Ozzie is running a bar named “The Edge” and it is at the edge of existence.
EP139: Taffertins! Hello there! Your good friends are back at it, digging into the crates to bring you their insight to the wild world that is Bar Rescue. On this joy ride, we head to Tucker, GA to a bar named Barlow’s Bar & Grill. It’s run by a woman named Susan, who has thrown her hands up on running the day to day and gets drunk with her employees. Oh yeah…she also is at odds with a man named John, who claims to have run a kitchen before…but in actuality only has run his mouth. Fights, theft and workers comp fraud too! Get ready for a doozy. (S3: E14)
EP138: Taffertins! Get ready to rack ’em up…we are headin to Sugar Creek, MO to Stix & Stones…a drag racing-inspired bar with 9 pool tables! Is it a pool hall? Is it a bar? I can’t tell you! If that’s not issue enough…we got a bartender named Razzo who is proud of “pee-pee” and “puke puke” at the bar. The owner wrote a letter to Jon for help…meanwhile he’s getting drunk and playing pool. Oh, my stars! It’s another hot one…get after it! (S6:E43)
EP137: Special edition for ya Taffertins! We got a good friend of the show, Hannah who is cashing in on her “good friend” status with a requested episode! On this ride, we head over to Gipsy in Las Vegas, the first gay night club in town. It’s run by a man named Paul, who gets way too drunk, yells at everyone and treats his drag shows like trash. Well, Jon will have none of this behavior, as you might imagine. So strap in and get ready for it! This one is for you Hannah! (S3: E15)
EP136: Yo Taffertins! It’s another brand new episode and do we have some firsts on this one. The first-ever, emergency rescue! Jon heads to St. Petersburg, FL to the Buffalo City Bar & Grill. It’s run by a Buffalo native Doreen who inherited the bar from her late father and has no clue what the heck she’s doing! And on top of that, her husband fell sick and she is barely above water. So Jon has called for an emergency rescue to save this joint…what comes next is something we’ve never seen before…tune in and find out! (S6: E42)
EP135: Hey there Taffertins! Another amazing episode of Bar Rescue awaits. Check it out…we head to Louisville, TX to the bar Drunken Donkey Craft Bar & Scratch Kitchen which has over 75 beers that no one knows anything about and a “scratch” kitchen that microwaves food. Boy does Jon disapprove of that. And we should also mention that the walls and chair…are green!Yikes! This DEFINITELY doesn’t give Jon positive vibes. Check out how he reacts to all of it. Enjoy! (Bar Rescue S6:E41)
EP134: This is a very special episode! We are covering the classic “Hole In None” episode for one of our very good friends of the show, Abi! This episode does not disappoint. It’s got what you need in a great Bar Rescue episode. Disgusting kitchens, foolish owners and wildly incompetent staff. To top it all off…we got Jon Taffer losing his you-know-what over it all! It’s quite a doozy!
EP133: Hey Taffertins! It’s goin down again…another new episode ready to get unpacked! We head to Richardson, TX and meet the owners of the Harbor Point Bar & Grill. It’s run by two fellas, John and Bert. And boy are they a mess! when one isn’t crying and lying…the other one doesn’t know what the hell to do! Get ready to see Jon Taffer do what he does best…shut it down!
EP132: Hey there Taffertins! We got a special request for an episode from one of our Good Friends Of The Show, Nick! Shoutout to you good sir. On this episode, we head back to the (in)famous O Face Bar in Council Bluffs, IA. This place was nothing but a pure disaster and set a record in terms of the Bar Rescue universe. Fistfights, toxic behavior and terrible bartending. Boy does Jon have his hands full on this one!
EP131: Howdy Taffertins! We have another brand new episode ready for you! On this joyride, we head to Fort Worth Texas to a bar called Whiskey Girl. One of the owners refers to himself as Rick Roundhouse, he considers himself the “life of the party” who “buys” drinks for patrons. We have seen this story before…and we know one man who is not having it at all! Good ol Jon Taffer. Tune in to find out what becomes of Jon’s kick-butt breakdown of this owner and what it stands for.
EP130: Welcome to the Midwest, Taffertins! We head to Pleasant Valley, MO to the Thunderbolt Bar & Grill and boy does nonsense await. It’s run by a man named Don, who refers to all the employees as “Rachel”(even though he knows their names). To make matters worse, he has made the decision to not wear a shirt with sleeves at all. Get ready for Jon to tell Don about himself!
EP129: Vroom vroom Taffertins! Our friend of the show Mike Hernandez (@funnyhernandez) is hangin with us in Jim Jam Studios to break down another classic episode. On this ride, we head to Pawcatuck, CT to the “Handlebar Cafe” which is anything but a cafe…it’s a minefield filled with drunk women wrestling on the floor, fake boobs and blackout drunk fighting! What a time to be alive! Enjoy!
EP128: Yo! Taffertins! We go “all in” on this one…just like James, the crazy manchild manager of “Cashmere.” It’s located in Raleigh, NC and at one point was the hottest joint in town. Until the competition rolled in and ate a hole in the finances. The owner, Brandon decided to get his good friend James to come in to liven it up. Which he doesn’t do at all and decides to get drunk, laid and cry all the time. Perfect! Jon has a few words for this behavior…as you could imagine.
EP127: Taffertins! It’s another oldie but a goodie…we have a wonderful human being of a guest John Rosenberger (@JohnJohnPhenom) joining us in Jim Jam Studios to talk about “Meat Sauna.” Which lives up to its name! Jon and the crew head to Scottsdale, AZ to Stand Up Scottsdale which is run by Howard, who is a real meathead about how he is running the joint. From having the kitchen in the front creating a fog of meat smoke to performing every single night like a crazy person…this only spells trouble. Can Jon fix it? Listen in!
EP126: Good Friend Of Show Episode! Membership has its privileges, and if you’re a Good Friend of The Show…you get that. Shoutout to Good Friend Faith who reached out to us to cover the classic “Second Base, Third Strike.” Jon returns to a bar he once saved which has fallen into ruin. It’s run by a real piece of work named Terry. Has he changed? No. Is Jon confused by everything he does? Yes. Does Jon express how pissed off that makes him? Yes! Get ready for another great slice of Bar Rescue!
EP125: We are back into the vault Taffertins! The new season has ended and we are diving into some more classic episodes. On this ride, we head to Black Canyon City, AZ to “Kid Chilleen’s Bad Azz BBQ & Steakhouse.” It’s owned by Scott and Donna and boy do they have some mess on display. If it’s not the rampant alcohol they are pounding back instead of working…it is the HORSE that comes into the bar! And you guessed it…that horse couldn’t make it to the bathroom either. This and much more awaits, enjoy!
EP124: Vroom vroom Taffertins! Here we are again…another episode of Bar Rescue covered for your listening pleasure. The title…Driving Miss Tara. Why, do you ask? Because there is a bar owner named Tara who is escorted around town by the general manager named Doug. So wild! This is the least of the issues with this establishment. They are both terrible to the employees and feel that wearing gloves to handle food isn’t necessary. This will not sit well with you know who. Enjoy!
EP123: Here it is Taffertins! Another gem of a podcast waiting for you…we are taking y’all to Burbank, CA to the iconic Dimples which is the first karaoke bar in the United States. It’s owned and operated by a man named Sal. Sal is a fella who you could describe as being “boundary-free.” And also as a “hoarder.” Well, listen for yourself and find out more!
EP122: It’s all about the dough this go around! Taffertins…we head to Largo, FL to a joint called “Gill & Ricks Sports Bar”, it’s run by Gill and Rick who can’t seem to get their act together. Gill is the jerk and Rick gives away the bar. Two terrible managers for one! And then there is our good friend Taz, a man with a heart of gold who is trying to sell pizza(trying because it keeps getting sent back!) Jon will have his work cut out for himself on this one…enjoy!
EP121: This is it Taffertins! We take another crazy joyride through Texas…the town…China Grove…the bar…China Grove Trading Post. It’s run by a couple, Raymond and Wendy and it’s harassed by their daughter Meghan. She starts off by saying “I’m a little bit of a spoiled brat.” You can take out “little bit” and have what’s really goin on…So, add in a little bit of a guy dry humping a fox and a possum running around the bar and you’ve got yourself an episode. Dive in!
EP120: Here we are Taffertins! We got another fresh episode for ya…this go around, we head to Las Vegas to a nightclub called LIV…and as Jon puts it “makes him want to die.” It is run by a woman named Michelle, a mother of two who has no experience running a nightclub(WHAT?! NO WAY!) She is outshined by a server named Jannet, who gives away drinks on the reg and during the stress test…well…just listen and find out…that’s the ticket!
EP119: Taffertins! We got you another great dose of Bar Rescue! This go around, we have our good friend Jordon Ferber (@jordonferber) ready to talk about a bar located in Jon Taffer’s hometown…Las Vegas. The name of the bar “Eliphino”…and we won’t take the time to explain how that came to be. The owner of the bar, John has a history of terrible decisions…can Taffer fix ’em? Listen and find out!
EP118: A flipping unicycle Taffertins! That’s right…we opened with a unicycle. This bar needs some serious saving if someone is riding around on a unicycle drinking in the bar. Thankfully, Jon is willing to square up with Henry and Miles, two recent college grads who open a frat house(read: bar) and can’t get it together. This one is quite a doozy…get some of it!
EP117: This is it Taffertins! The review you have been waiting for…Jon heads to San Antonio to a bar called “Recovery Room.” It’s owned by a woman named Heather, who is a “hot mess” who “extorts her husband” for money to keep her party afloat. This is a tall order for Jon…so much so, he brought us in! That’s right, Jim and Max are on this episode helping Jon make sense of the dumpster fire that is the “Recovery Room”…will they recover??? Tune in!…and see us!
Check it out Taffertins, we head back to school on this one…Jon heads to UNLV, right in his back yard of Las Vegas. A group of hospitality students need a new venue and some serious training that only Professor Taffer can give. Will the students make the grade…or will they be….shut down? Tune in!
EP115: It’s on and poppin Taffertins! On this delightful trip, we head to Antioch, TN to Crossroads Bar And Grille. This twerkin tavern is owned by Ashley and Robert, who are at wit’s end with their unruly, drinkin, swearin full-on mess of a staff. With staff members like Bunz(with a z), Bubbles and Cheeks…it makes sense. Can Jon handle this? Tune in and find out!
EP114: It’s on again Taffertins! We are back at it again…this time we head to Tuscon, AZ for more Bar Rescue recappin. The bar is called The Original Hideout and is owned by Ramiro, a lawyer who passed the bar but has no experience running one. To double down on this, he hires his brother Raoul who is a former corrections officer and runs the bar like it’s a prison. What can go wrong here?! Well, Jon Taffer will certainly find out. Tune in!
On this episode, be sure to check out “Jim’s Corner” a special segment highlighting the bars Jim visited on his tour down south…you don’t wanna miss it!
EP113: Good Lord Taffertins! We have another hot mess on our hands. On this majestic ride, we head to Tuscon, AZ to meet the owner of RJ’s Replays. He is a man who is, well a complete and total crybaby. As you might guess, this does not do well with Jon Taffer. Taffer goes on a classic tear and lets him know the way of the world. Enjoy!
Holy crap Taffertins! Man, this episode really fires on all cylinders…so much so we had special guest Teresa Degaetano (IG: @teresadegaetano) in the booth with us to break this down. We travel to Texas…the Lone Star state…more specifically San Antonio…more specifically Country Nights. A bar owned by a ball of mess named Dalia. She has owned 7 bars in 15 years (insane). When she is not flashing her goods and getting hammered, she is fighting with Melissa a real monster who has braces and pretends like she doesn’t…get into this one!
EP111: Here it is Taffertins! The moment we have all been waiting for…the season premiere! We head back to Puerto Rico to the bar/restaurant Shibo, a Puerto Rican/Asian fusion joint. It’s run by a man named Jonathan, who surprisingly is an amazing chef…not your typical Bar Rescue episode. Come join us on this interesting season opener!
EP110: Taffertins! We got another banger for ya! We heading to Long Beach, CA(home of Snoop Dogg) to the bar Lona’s Warlow Station…owned by, you guessed it, Lona! She worked in the bar scene for 30 years and said, “let me hire my friends and regulars to run this joint!” We have never seen this go wrong, ever! Suffice to say, Jon Taffer has a couple choice thoughts about her decision making, especially her lobster arcade game. Ya know…a game where you pay $2 to catch a lobster to eat it…this and so much more await, enjoy!
Here we are Taffertins! On this go around we have a good friend of the show Aaron Kominos-Smith (@funnyaaron) in Jim Jam Studios to help break down this episode. We head right outside Denver to a lovely bar Kasbah to meet Shelton, a cat daddy who lost his fight. And as a result, all hell is breaking loose around him. Will Jon be able to rock this kasbah and bring it back to glory? Listen!
Here we are Taffertins! Another exciting installment of your favorite podcast about your favorite television show, Bar Rescue. We are talkin about a lovely establishment called “Zanzbar” which has, you guessed it, the crown of the Statue Of Liberty in it. Cross-branding? Sure! It’s run by a man named Ami, a guano crazy guy who in the face of adversity, breaks plates and yells and people. What is his strategy to get customers? Give everything away…and this is a no-no for the Taffer. Check it out to see what happens!
EP107: Yo Taffertins! We are back at it…down in the Lone Star State. We head to Austin, TX to a punk bar called The Brixton. It’s run by a husband and wife, Tim and Sara. And boy if Tim isn’t just a ray of sunshine!(read: sarcasm) He doesn’t like frat guys, hipsters, jerks or even human beings! Of course…Jon doesn’t enjoy this business outlook. Only fire can come, enjoy!
Good morning/evening/afternoon Taffertins! We head down to The Big Easy on this episode to a college bar called TJ Quills. It’s by a wayward gentleman named Darian who made the infinitely silly decision to hire all of his childhood friends to help him run the bar. A full-scale recipe for disaster. Will Jon be able to save this bar from doom?! Find out!
Oh…my dear God. This episode has to be one of the grossest and nastiest bars we have ever seen in our Bar Rescue coverage. I know it was for Jon as he heads to Austin, TX to a bar called “Headhunters.” It’s owned by a delusional maniac named Steve. There are bugs all over the place but Steve doesn’t really seem to “see” them. It’s an absolute mess…enjoy!
We have our special guest, bartending veteran and hilarious comic Kendra Cunningham (@theotherkendra) at Jim Jam Studios ready to talk some Bar Rescue with the team. On this ride, we head down to the Big Easy to a bar called Turtle Bay owned by Brad. Brad is easily the pettiest man on the planet because when he is bought out of the bar he co-owned…he decided to open a bar across the street and copy their signature drink. This and many other terrible moves come under Jon’s radar on this one. Enjoy!
Man! This episode truly had it all. We travel to Fort Lauderdale to a wonderful establishment called “Bamboo Tiki Bar.” Bear witness to subpar looking white women pretending to be attractive, a sleazy owner who bought it and an unstable kitchen manager who was ready to beat the crap out of people in the kitchen. Come get some of it
Happy New Year Taffertins! We are kicking off the New Year the only way we know how…by bringing you another classic gem from the Bar Rescue Library. This episode we head to Cheviot, OH to a watering hole called “The Black Sheep.” It’s owned by a gentleman named Scott, who very well could be the black sheep of his family when they find out he has secretly taken out $700,000 worth of loans from a credit card company which Jon refers to as “legal loansharking.” Get ready to ride!
We are in triple digits, my friends! And boy is it an action-packed episode. Our good friend Andres (@8_Track_III) is in the booth with us ready to head to Orange County, CA to a bar called “The Olive Pit.” The owner Tim is a part-time owner and full-time creep. So, only disaster has been ensuing. By the grace of God, Jon Taffer is willing to step in and make things right. Check it out!
The Phil Wills Interview- HERE IT IS! We got legendary Bar Rescue expert Phil Wills (@thephilwills) in an exclusive interview. That’s right Taffertins! We got the chance to talk about Phil’s history in the bar game, his acting career and his philosophy on life. By all means, download this one because its gonna be a classic. Enjoy all of it! (THE AUDIO FOR THIS EPISODE WAS UPDATED ON 12/28/18)
Taffertins…we go episode 99 on deck…1 away from the big, huge, gigantic 100th episode. On episode 99 we head to Fairfield, OH to a very confused former biker bar hangout called “Win Place Or Show.” The cause for the confusion? The sign in front of the bar is a cartoon horse on a bike? Yeah…we don’t know either. But what we do know is it is co-owned by two gentlemen named Barry and Rudy, respectively. Barry a former Navy vet is putting in 90 hours a week and Rudy is playing “rock star” with his band. This does not jive with our good friend Jon Taffer…and he makes it known! Enjoy!
It’s a real zinger of an episode for sure. We take a trip down south to West Palm Beach, FL to find the Mystique Lounge. It was a hot night spot…until…well…a murder. Did the new owners decide to change the name? Over their dead body! Check this and many other terrible decisions in this recap! Enjoy!
Episode97: Hey there! We are back at it! Come get some of this fresh retro episode. We jump into a “new” season and head to Reseda, CA to a bar called Weber’s Sports Bar…which used to be a strip club…which still has a giant set of lips in it. The owner can kiss his future away with that decor and his “nice guy attitude.” So please, download and see what happens!
Episode96: Yo Taffertins! Don’t be a Chump…be a Champ and download this episode! We head to Burbank, CA to the iconic Champs, a bar owned by a man Joe who considers his thievin bartenders his “children.” Which we all know means there will be no accountability for them when they do what they do…steal! Lucky for us our good friend Jon is on the scene. Enjoy!
EP95: What’s the deal Taffertins! We got y’all! It’s another great episode of Bar Rescue that your good friends Jim Search(@jimsearch) and Max Cohen(@thisismaxcohen) are covering for you! So check it out, we head to lovely Framingham, MA to “The Chicken Bone.” It looks exactly like you would imagine…an owner named Bill decided to make a family-themed bar…what could go wrong! Well, Jon is gonna tell ’em all about it. Enjoy!
EP94: Hey you Taffertins! We are doin it again! Just for your listening pleasure, we bring you the Bar Rescue recap that your spirit and soul needs. On this run, we are back in Chicago, IL at the iconic Abbey, a landmark for Chicago music. The original owner Pat Looney decided to hand the reigns over to Tom Jr. to become a firefighter (surprise!) and then all hell broke loose. Lucky for us…Jon can reel it in. I do believe that you could listen to this episode!
EP93: Ribbit ribbit Taffertins! We got another great one for you! We are still traveling back in time to the first season where we go to Chicago, IL to the bar “The Blue Frog.” It’s owned by a mother/son combo(this often doesn’t go well). The mother has some interesting financial decisions behind drinking at the bar and the son is well……”nice.” See/hear what happens!
EP92: Greetings to all the Taffertins out there! We got our friend Tracey Carnazzo(@TrixieTuzzini) at Jim Jam Studios to help us unpack this classic episode. A wild heart by the name of Renee has a bar…AND…strip club named Angel’s. But everything in the building is anything but angelic. From a bartender who is screaming over $87.31 to a general manager who has been fired more times than we can count…Jon is gonna have his wings full. Enjoy!
EP91: Surfs up Taffertins! We got a tubular episode coming your way. On this ride, we head Redondo Beach, CA to an Irish bar on the beach called Kilkenny’s owned by two sisters Allie and Alexis. They have no clue about running a bar, so much so, Allie hired her ex-boyfriend Carlos to manage it. Guess what…he running it into the ground! He also thinks Jon has no idea what he’s talking about which we all know is not the case…enjoy!
EP90: Bottoms up Taffertins! Max is back in the booth and we have special guest Andy Sandford(@AndySandford) with us to break down some of Bar Rescue’s earlier work. On this ride, we head to Philadelphia to the establishment known as “Swanky Bubbles.” With a name like that, what could possibly go wrong? An absentee owner and another owner who refers to himself as “Sexual Chocolate.” That’s how! It is some of Jon’s freshmen attempts to Rescue and we love it. Enjoy
EP89: Greetings Taffertins! Max (@thisismaxcohen) is out of the office, so we got our Very Good Friend of the show John Rosenberger (@JohnJohnPhenom) to hold down the fort. We head to Philadelphia, PA to the iconic Irish bar “Downey’s Irish Pub”. It’s owner is an Italian fellow who swore to the former owner to “keep it Irish”…and sells Penne A La Vodka! Go figure! Luckily, our good friend Jon is here to sort this mess out. Enjoy the FIRST episode of Bar Rescue!
EP88: We aim to please here at the podcast! We had a very good friend of the show Paul request the episode “I Smell A Rat” and by God, we made that happen for him. Here’s to you, sir! On this ride, we go to Omaha, NE to a bar called Oasis, which is a hookah establishment. That’s right…in the middle of Omaha, there is hookah. Doesn’t make any sense to us either. And on top of that, it is a complete disaster management technique employed there. Lucky for us, Jon is willing to swoop in and kick some butt! Enjoy!
EP87: We aim to please here at the podcast and had one of our Patreon subscribers and “Very Good Friend Of The Show” Vicky Kuperman(@vickykuperman) request Hurricane Jon vs. Hurricane Sandy. When disaster strikes, Jon Taffer strikes back! He heads to Far Rockaway to help put together Bungalow Bar, a bar run by four Irish brothers and their friend. It’s a race against the clock to get it back on track. Check it out!
EP86: Whooo doggy! This…episode…is…freaking…wild! We travel to Blue Island, IL and find the most ratchet of bars…The Island Bar. Adam hired his ENTIRE FAMILY to work there. Special mention of a family member named “Pimp Juice”. There is so much here to unpack, which is why we got our good friend, comedian and ex-bartender Kevin Flood(@FLOOKYN) to come help us out with this one. Listen to this twice…it’s worth it.
EP85: Taffertins! We are back at cha! We were on a little break but now we are back stronger than ever! On this magical run, we head to Glendora, CA to The Brightstar Tavern, a bar focused on selling beer and beer only…also selling a lot of foam too. Not the best business strategy but lucky for us, Jon is willing to give them a solution to embrace. Enjoy!
EP84: Yeah; you read it right! We got our good friend Jon Taffer (@jontaffer) on the podcast! And boy did we talk about everything, Bar Rescue, NFL Sunday Ticket, Life and even comedy. It’s one you don’t want to skip over, in fact, you should play it twice. Be sure to listen for the end…you might be surprised!
EP83: Yo…Taffertins…we have a #TBT! We got a write-in request and broke it down. We even brought in special guest Patrick Hastie(@PatrickHastie) to join us on this magical journey to Chicago to a bar called Underground Wunderbar. It’s run by a woman named Lonie, who saw a lot of success in the early phase of her career and still lives there. But fortunately for her, there is a man who doesn’t…named Jon Taffer who is ready to bring her back to reality! Enjoy!
EP82: Don’t get lost on this one Taffertins! Because Jon did trying to find this bar in Dickson, TN 25 miles away from Nashville. But when he does….boy oh boy is it a lot of craziness. A couple that “accidentally” bought a bar, a gentleman named Crockett who does nothing but gets paid (good work if you can find it) and so much more! Get down with it!
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EP81: Yeah Taffertins, that’s right. The name of the bar Jon is going to save is called “Fatballs.” And is only the beginning. Lucky for us we have Brian Allen Mitchell(@comicbam) as our guest to figure out where, to begin with, all of this. The owner, Tony decided to work for years and years to save up the money to purchase a building, open a business and call it “Fatballs.” It’s a messy ride Y’all. Enjoy!
EP80: Well Taffertins, we have a duty to report here. Life isn’t all Jon yelling at everyone and bringin the pain. On this journey, we head to Puerto Rico, which has been ravaged by Hurricane Irma AND Maria. We visit a bar El K’Rajo owned by Victor & Janet. Not only is the bar destroyed but they are in some serious debt. In addition, we have a destroyed baseball diamond, basketball court and community center…Jon has his work cut out for him. Check it out.
EP78: Hello there Taffertins! This summer is bringing the heat and so are we with this scorching episode. We travel to Los Angeles to the iconic bar/venue The Airliner which has been home to an amazing list of performers. This list is only rivaled by the list of problems the bar is having, thanks to the burnout of Luis Q, the owner. But lucky for him, there is a man who is willing to ignite that fire…Jon Taffer. Enjoy it!
EP77: It’s another catch of an episode comin to you! On this magical ride, we go to Lake City, FL to a bar called Phish Heads. The bar owners are a husband and wife who are at wits end with their son James, who has been in charge for 9 years and hasn’t learned a damn thing. Easy to say, Jon is ready to teach ’em a thing or two. Enjoy it!
EP76: Come take a trip down memory lane with us Taffertins! With the help of our resident bar expert Andres(@8_Track_III) we make a voyage to Yorba Linda, CA to bar called The Canyon Inn. It’s owned by an Alpha Male named Pauly who “knows the bar industry.” Well, we have seen this story before…there is a man out there who might know a little bit more. Find out who…enjoy!
EP75: This episode truly lives up to the title…an owner who takes to alcohol like none other…at the expense of almost everything. We have a lot of firsts here, owners who miss the day after Jon Taffer talking to for starters. There is so much more. You have to listen to this and help us figure out…well…everything. ENJOY!
EP74: Yo yo Taffertins! Another special one comin at ya! On this episode we have our good friend Matt Azark(@mjazark) at Jim Jam Studios ready to chop up another classic gem. We travel to Jon Taffer’s backyard, Las Vegas, to examine Club Platinum: A GentleMAN’s Club. It’s run by a woman named Rita, soccer mom turned strip club owner. Hilarity ensues! Check it!
EP73: We got another great one on the books Taffertins! Check this out…we head to Anaheim, CA to the bar ‘The Cave.’ It’s managed by a man named Jaime…who not only is running the bar in the Earth…but he’s being very mean to his mother. There is one man who doesn’t play that. Jon “Respect Your Mother” Taffer. Suffice to say, it’s a lot of flame on this one. Check it!
EP72: Hey! Taffertins! You know what time it is! We got another sizzler comin your way. We take a trip to Maitland, FL to Cooper Rocket and met a legit crazy man name Selman. So crazy, even Lisa Marie Joyce says “You are a crazy man.” It’s filled with a lot of saucy hi-jinx which makes the show great. So be great and listen to it!
EP71: Howdy Taffertins! Thanks for comin back to see the latest in Bar Rescue land. With this trip, we board the rusty pirate ship and set sail for Atlantic Beach, FL to a bar called Cap n’ Odies. Some customers like bacteria in their drinks, and some customers like running an outstanding tab. Jon Taffer is there to explain why both of these things are a terrible idea. Enjoy!
EP70 Greetings Taffertins! We are boldly going where no man has gone before…well not really. But we thought it would sound science-y enough for you. On this intellectual dive, we go to Tarzana, CA to an establishment called “Paladino’s” owned and “operated” by two scientists. Well, they know science…just not bar science. With that, a man named Taffer has plans to revamp their experiment and make them some money. Enjoy!
So…..this episode has a cold open with a man who is showering….in a kitchen. BOOM! Quite a crazy start to say the least! Lucky Max and Jim have seen enough episodes to know how to handle Joe’s Thirsty Lizard, a bar in Horn Lake, MI. An owner is a man named Joe, a Navy vet who bought a bar for 80K with no liquor license. What can go wrong! Enjoy!
EP68: 3,2,1 blast off! On this joyride, we take a trip to Merritt Island, FL to the legendary bar “King’s Duck Inn.” It is five miles away from Kennedy Space Center so there is plenty of stories of astronauts drinking there. We meet a mother/daughter combo who hate each other but find time to run the bar into the ground. It’s got everything you need. A gross kitchen, family dysfunction, terrible service, and astronauts! LAUNCH!
EP67: Jon Taffer(@jontaffer) is bringing the heat on this one my fellow Taffertins! Jim Search(@jimsearch) and Max Cohen(@thisismaxcohen) take a trip to Memphis, TN to a cigar bar called “Havana Mix.” owned by a cat daddy named Rob. He has employed his son Rhobb to handle the day to day…and for some reason, there seems to be an issue with family running the business! Go figure! But for their sake, a bar expert named Jon Taffer is going to come to their rescue. Check it out!
It’s a new season Taffertins! So we had to go big on this one…we brought in our good friend of the show Andres(@8_Track_III) to help us break down Gametime Bar and Grill, a bar in Arlington, TN. Its owned by Cody, whose stellar parents ran the place into the Earth and decided HE should take it over and soak up the debt. Parents of the year! Check out our episode in all its glory!
EP65: Boy oh boy do we have a podcast for you. If you are a fan of Bar Rescue and the podcast, you remember “Schmuck Dynasty” the episode that took us to Rhythm and Brews on Staten Island. There we met one of the managers named Stu, a man of many words and no restraint to use any of them. Well, Jim Search(@jimsearch) and Max Cohen(@thisismaxcohen) got ahold of Stu for an exclusive interview! He gives the dish about the episode, the visit, the bikers and Jon himself! You don’t want to miss this one!
Howdy Tafferinos! We got Aaron Kaminos-Smith(@funnyaaron) in the building to help your good friends Max(@thisismaxcohen) and Jim(@jimsearch) go through a doozy of an episode. The crew goes to Jon Taffer’s backyard, Las Vegas to investigate a bar called Alibi Bar. It’s run by a racing enthusiast and creep who has a blow up doll named Trixie at the bar…which you can imagine Jon LOVES! Get with it!
EP63: The boys are at it again! Max(@thisismaxcohen) and Jim(@jimsearch) are still bringing the fire and fury with this review and boy do they have a good one. The journey takes the team to Staten Island to a gnarly bar called “Rhythm and Brews.” The bar is run by twin brothers and their younger brother Stu, who has the lofty dream of living in a studio apartment. And oh yeah, there is a biker gang involved to. GO GET IT!
EP62: New Year New Taff! Max (@thisismaxcohen) and Jim (@jimsearch) got another amazingly great episode coming at you! This slice of heaven takes us to the South Side of Chicago to a bar called Pro’s Sports Club. We meet an owner named Bradley and his TEAM of managers on staff. With that said, it turns into a “whose on 1st” except with obscenity and firing! Get into it!
Happy New Year Taffertins! Max (@thisismaxcohen) and Jim (@jimsearch) are ringing in the new year with yet another recap of all things Bar Rescue. This magical ride takes us to Jersey City to a bar called Laguna Lounge. It’s run by a man named Ivan, who was a DJ for 35 years. But true to the Bar Rescue brand, we see that Ivan is scratching everyone the wrong way and is mixing up a real disaster. Lucky for him, our good friend Jon Taffer is willing to step in and help him face the music on the world of bartending. Enjoy!
What’s goin on Taffertins?! We have some Bar Rescue goodness that is waiting for you. So here we go…on this journey we head south to Fells Point, MD to a bar called J.A. Murphy’s. It’s owned by two frat brothers who “opened it on a whim.” Nothing can go wrong here…right?! Jon Taffer has a couple of things to say as does Chef Brian Duffy…who finds a a delightful surprise behind the fridge. Enjoy!
EP59 Hey Taffertins! We got another classic piece of Bar Rescue ready for your ears. Thanks to our good friends at Radio Misfits Network we are back with new wings. On this episode we take a trip to Yonkers to an establishment called “Undisputed” owned by two boxing friends who fight each other instead of for money. This one gets a little dicey and is, quite frankly…a real knockout…GO GET IT!
It’s another one Taffertins! This episode we take a trip to the city of Brotherly Love to visit a bar owner who was a cop for 27 years…27 years! Well it shouldn’t come as a surprise this fella has seen a thing or two and has brought that mess to the bar. But lucky for him, there is a man named Taffer who is ready to clean it up and make it right! Get after it!
Hey hey Taffertins! Another great episode is coming your way! On this adventure, we head to Santa Clarita, CA to a bar by the name of The Tailgate. It’s got everything we need, family drama, grease fires and a bouncer named….Connie. Taffer is going to have his hands full with this one. Lucky for us, we got it all covered and ready to tell you all about it!
How’s it hangin Taffertins?! We travel to the West Coast on this episode to the “Dive Off The Five” better known as “Rocks.” It’s in pretty rocky shape, between the biker gangs and the lack of knowledge of how to run a bar. But they are in luck…because there is a man named Taffer who has come to save them from their Rockiness….check it out!
How’s it hangin Taffertins! We here at Shut It Down would never let you down when it comes to the most consistent coverage of all things Bar Rescue, this is no exception! On this journey we travel to Norwalk, CA to a bar called Scoreboard which was a gift from a father to daughter to keep her busy(good problem to have.) The lackluster showing of the bar ownership doesn’t score points with Jon though….enjoy!
Boooooooo Taffertins! Do we have a frightful podcast episode for you…for realz. On this go around we go to a bar called Underworld Grill & Bar(that sells pizza…which has pizza(?) and find two owners, Chris and Jazz who think everyone is stealing from them and don’t give the employees what they need to succeed. We also find a real creep named Jesse, who read too many pick up artist books…will Jon survive this?