On each episode of rescue bar, Jon Taffer uses his pragmatic attitude to help failing bars turn into profitable businesses. The show has been on the air since 2011 and is now in its 8th season, airing on Paramount Network, with hundreds of companies appearing to be in complete disarray. It’s easy to wonder if the bars (which lose money, have awful waiters and awful food) can actually be as bad as they appear on rescue baror if it is a play created for television.
Bar and nightclub owners apply to appear on the show in hopes that Taffer will be able to turn their businesses around. Once accepted for rescue, the Taffer team install hidden cameras for their “recon” and then use this information to introduce new (and better) business practices, retrain staff, create a better menu and renovate the interior. .
Next comes the stress test, an event to see if the employees of the “new” bar can handle the changes and provide better service. Finally, there is still a training stage and then a reopening to celebrate the saved bar. After that, the bars decide on their own whether they want to use Taffer’s change or go back to their old ways.
So is rescue bar Real or staged?
Companies that apply rescue bar are really struggling and need the expertise of Taffer and his team. Sometimes, however, events can be dramatized for the screen. Many of our favorite reality series are dramatized at some point – or edited to maximize entertainment value. Whether it’s a few scripted lines or a re-enactment of something that wasn’t filmed, a little staging here and there is pretty common.
In an interview with Distract, Nita Wyatt, co-owner of Schafer’s Bar and Grill (season 5 episode 7), said she was given lines that weren’t completely truthful about the episode’s narrative. Her husband, co-owner Ryan Burks, claims production told him the bar was losing $10,000 a month, even though that wasn’t true.
Season two’s bar, Piratz Tavern, closed with bar owner Tracy blaming the reality TV media circus. In a later statement on FacebookPiratz Tavern said the Bar Rescue team approached Piratz Tavern for a “back to the bar” episode.
In the Facebook post, Tracy says: “[the back to the bar episode] was essentially coerced and staged to be an opening act for a new rescue. I was told to bring several changes of clothes to make the shoot look like it spanned several days. As usual they brought in a bunch of extras to fill the house and we were told what to say and who to talk to.
These claims definitely make Bar Rescue seem false, though many bars have struggled and benefited greatly from Taffer’s work – even though the show is dramatized.
Are the Bar Rescue bars still open?
One of the most popular episodes of the series “Things That Go Pahrump in the Night” (season 5 episode 23) was also one of the most dramatic. The owner, Russ, suffered from an eye condition which caused vision loss and was also in debt from taking out loans for the bar.
Taffer, chef Vic Vegas and mixologist Daniel Ponsky went to save the bar. After the show, the bar stayed open for a bit, but finally closed on September 17, around the season finale of Bar Rescue that year.
According Lifesaver Bar Updates, Bar Rescue saved 212 bars and only 94 closed. Even though it’s almost half, Bar Rescue definitely has a good success rate considering the condition of the bars before the rescue.
The show has been on the air since 2011 and is now in its 8th season, airing on Paramount Network. With the final season having ended in June 2022, now is the perfect time to binge on the series ahead of Season 9.