Tough Customers: Taffer's Most Difficult Rescues

July 3, 2013

Some people might see Jon Taffer putting someone in their place and think he's way harsh. In reality, though, he's a really good dude. So good, in fact, that he'll save your bar even if you're the biggest jerk on the planet. Even at his angriest, his intentions are noble. He's just trying to cut through the bulls*** to help bar owners keep their doors open.

Sometimes, though, the job is a tall order. It could be any number of things, from a bad customer base to an owner with misplaced priorities. Or, as we'll see in this season's premiere, it's because one of the owners is the type of guy who will very aggressively hit on your wife and chase her out of the place.

With new episodes starting this Sunday at 9/8c, we decided to take a look back at some of Jon Taffer's tallest orders.

"Hogtied Ham's" (Season 1, Episode 10)

Was: Angry Ham's Garage

Renamed: Octane

This angry owner didn't seem to want to accept that his name was offensive, even as he was selling his car to keep the place open. It didn't help matters that his friends wanted to be owners, even though they legally couldn't own a bar because of DUIs.

"Yo-Ho-Ho and a Bottle of Dumb" (Season 2, Episode 1)

Was: Piratz Tavern

Renamed: Corporate Bar & Grill

Probably the most antagonistic (if fun-loving) crew Taffer ran into were the folks at Piratz, who ran a bar with – you guessed it – a pirate theme. They seemed to have a lot of fun, but Taffer didn't seem to find too much amusement in it.

"Mystique or Murder?" (Season 2, Episode 4)

Was: Mystique Lounge

Renamed: The Aura Nightclub

In all his rescues, Taffer has seen some common things that permanently hurt the reputation of the bar's brand. Sometimes it's bad food, or lousy service, or dirty glasses. In this episode, Taffer had to encounter something he couldn't fix or undo: a murder that had occurred at the establishment.

"Bottomless Pit" (Season 2, episode 5)

Was: The Olive Pit

Renamed: The O.P.

People go to bars to let loose and have a good time, which is fine when you're the customer. But when you're the owner, then it's a problem.

"Rock N Roaches" (Season 2, Episode 3)

Was: Headhunters

Renamed: Metal and Lace

The owner of Headhunters fashioned himself something of a rock star and didn't seem to take anything too seriously. In fact, he seemed to deny that there was even a problem at the bar, even when it was staring him right in the face. And by "it" we mean a cockroach.

"Bros Got to Geaux" (Season 2, episode 3)

Was: TJ Quills

Renamed: The Annex

A totally solid bro starts up a bar so his other bro friends can bro out. The problem, though, is that they're bro-ing out when they should be working. As if that wasn't bad enough, they got caught letting in their much younger bros without properly checking the ID. Not cool, bro.

"Empty Pockets" (Season 2, Episode 5)

Was: ZanZbar

Renamed: Solids & Stripes

One of the loudest, most boisterous owners ever was Ami, who refused to admit fault in anything. When he got rude with one of the experts Taffer brought in to help, world-renowned chef Brian Duffy, he invoked the wrath of Taffer.

New episodes of Bar Rescue start this Sunday at 9/8c, and if this is any indication, Taffer has another challenge ahead of him. Check out this outrageous sneak peek.