“Bar Rescue” creator is Jon Taffer, a professional in the bar industry who can recognize where things are going wrong in bars across the country and his mission is to fix them before the owners put up the “out of business” sign.
In this episode Jon comes to the rescue of “Rocks Bar” in Laguna Niguel, California owned by Scott Terheggen, who has lost money at the rate of $2000 a month for two years. It was a former smoking bar, but smoking was removed from the equation and that is why the owner believes is the reason for failure. Jon Taffer knows better.
Jon sent his bartender daughter Samantha in to check the bar out. She ordered a cocktail that had little taste, the place smelled like stale beer, the most unprofessional staff and rowdy customers that chase new business away.
Jon brings in a speed bartender to teach the staff how to pour a good drink. Jon shows the owner how his choices of staff and clientele are killing his business and that drinks are being over-poured or just given away.
Jon changes the bar to a nightclub with intention of attracting a younger more hip crowd. Jon even brings in a DJ to teach the current DJ how to keep the flow of the club more enjoyable. The current DJ is inexperienced and needs lots of help.
The soft opening is a mess. The bartenders revert back to their old ways, forgetting the training. The DJ is not getting the people to the dance floor. The business was hurting.
The next day Jon takes Scott and lays out the plans for the new nightclub. After 36 hours of work, the new bar is ready to go. Jon meets with Scott and the staff to introduce them to the new place. The new name is “Power Plant” and it should be a knockout. The modern DJ equipment was installed, high-speed taps, and a new bar made the place such a success, that everyone who pooh-poohed the change was glad to work there with much thanks to “Bar Rescue,” Jon Taffer and his crew.
Photo of Laguna Niguel, courtesy of Wikimedia, looking northbound on Niguel Road in Laguna Niguel, CA by ericxpenner.