On tonight’s Spike episode of “Bar Rescue,” Jon Taffer and his crew came to Pro’s Sports Bar in Country Club Hills, Illinois on this episode titled “Too Many Managers, Not Enough Man.” to conduct this rescue. In 2007, Baron Bradley invested his life savings and bought a bar in his hometown after working 25 years for the railroad. As the pressure of running a bar became too much for him, he became ill and appointed a team of managers to run the place for him. When he returned, his managerial staff no longer respected him and he started micro-managing his managers. Now in debt to the tune of a million dollars, he called in Jon Taffer and his team from “Bar Rescue” to help.
As Jon and his team of Chef Tiffany Derry and master bar trainer, Lisamarie Joyce to bring back some life to this place that looks more like a hardware store from the outside. As Jon pointed out to the women the bar staff, each had a manager title to their surprise. For the recon, Dan and Dave from Barstool Sports came in and immediately recognized the lack of a true sports bar atmosphere. As the bartender poured liquor after liquor into the glass, it contained about eight ounces of different alcohols. They watched as the cook took frozen catfish, thawed it in the microwave and then deep fried it. The soda gun was covered in cockroach feces and the kitchen was disgusting.
Jon had Bradley tell his staff his dire situation and discovered that one bartender was drunk most of the time and his friend who did security did nothing to help him. So Jon found his two ex-partners to find out why they were no longer partners. Patricia and Carla explained that he treated them like employees instead of partners and told him if he does not change, he might as well close the doors now.
The next day, the training began. Lisamarie was behind the bar creating new drinks, and Tiffany in the kitchen showing the cook the correct way to make food. For the stress test, Bradley will be observing with Jon and not micro-managing. The staff each had twenty-minutes to prove themselves. Bobby had his turn and was amazing behind the bar and was given the title of general manager. His first act was to fire Nina, who had no right to be behind a bar and Irma, the cook who displayed no respect for Bradley was shown the door. Sarah agreed to be trained in the kitchen and Tiffany introduced a steak menu that will attract people whether or not there is a game on.
When the redo was completed, the staff stood outside and anxiously awaited the new name; BR Steak bar & steakhouse. The interior was as exciting as the outside. There was a true lounge atmosphere where people feel comfortable and can spend money for good food and drink. The crowd outside was excited and Carla and Patricia were also waiting to see the new place. At first, the service was slow, but with good staff, especially Bobby, the pace picked up and people were happy. Jon left with a smile and Bradley was a new man on this episode of “Bar Rescue.”
Six weeks after the relaunch, food and drink sales are up twenty percent. Bradley no longer micro-manages, and employees continue to report to one general manager. Nina and Irma have not returned to BR Steak.