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Has anyone had a chance to look at "Spike TV's" "Bar Rescue"?
29 August 2011 | US Navy Vet

Posted on 08/29/2011 10:44:45 AM PDT by US Navy Vet

Watched it last night, Thought that it was "kind-of " interesting?


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1 posted on 08/29/2011 10:44:51 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: US Navy Vet

Same here. I’ll watch it if there’s nothing else on, but I won’t go out of my way to watch.


2 posted on 08/29/2011 10:47:08 AM PDT by mbynack (Retired USAF SMSgt)
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To: US Navy Vet

How about giving us the premise of the show and summary of what you saw last night.


3 posted on 08/29/2011 10:47:16 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: US Navy Vet

I’ve seen a few. I do find it interesting, especially the marketing science behind things like layout and flow. All of these do have a consistent message that you have to work for success.


4 posted on 08/29/2011 10:49:04 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: DTogo

Spike TV has picked up a ten-episode run of Bar Rescue, a Kitchen Nightmares-type show in which host Jon Taffer tries to turn around failing bars.


5 posted on 08/29/2011 10:49:09 AM PDT by 1raider1
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To: US Navy Vet

Have no idea what you’re talking about.


6 posted on 08/29/2011 10:49:29 AM PDT by BO Stinkss
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To: DTogo

Bar consultant goes into HORRIBLY ran Bars nationwide and does his magic and shows the owners what they are doing wrong and “fixes” things.


7 posted on 08/29/2011 10:49:38 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: DTogo

Simply put, failing bars go under the knife by a business expert to save them. Kind of like Kitchen Nightmares for bars.


8 posted on 08/29/2011 10:50:04 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: BO Stinkss

Then carry your BUTT down the road.


9 posted on 08/29/2011 10:50:46 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: 1raider1

So my question is this, do these bars sign up for the opportunity for Bar Rescue to come help them? Or are they picked at random?

The reason I ask, is if your bar is failing, and you ask for help like this show to come in and tell you what is wrong and how to fix it, why in heaven’s name are you going to argue with the people trying to help?

Some episodes I like, some I just am positive that in three months, the revamped bars are still failures.


10 posted on 08/29/2011 10:53:29 AM PDT by RikaStrom (Pray for Obama - Psalm 109:8 "Let his days be few; and let another take his place of leadership.")
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To: US Navy Vet

It’s a pretty good show...


11 posted on 08/29/2011 10:54:35 AM PDT by Crim (Palin / West '12)
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To: US Navy Vet

Funny you should ask?! I did by default because with a half million stations on last night that is where I ended up. It was ok. Better than listening to everyone talk about Irene. The show reminded me of the one with Gordon Ramsey when he visited bad resturants. If nothing else important on, I would watch again.


12 posted on 08/29/2011 10:54:38 AM PDT by marygam ((Hurry November 2012, we might not make it))
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To: RikaStrom

Yep.

If you can’t rehab the owners, any structural/cosmetic changes are for naught.


13 posted on 08/29/2011 10:57:11 AM PDT by roaddog727 (It's the Constitution, Stupid!)
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To: Crim

I don’t think that I would go THAT far but it was “defaultingly””reasonable”.


14 posted on 08/29/2011 10:58:25 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: US Navy Vet

Anone that is thinking about getting into the food or bar industry can maybe pick-up some good tips from this guy.


15 posted on 08/29/2011 10:59:57 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: US Navy Vet

Oh sorry..I should have specified...I’ve been in the bar business for a few years...my aunts owned a bar...

Went down the tubes due to many ciscumstances as portrayed in the show...


16 posted on 08/29/2011 11:04:29 AM PDT by Crim (Palin / West '12)
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To: Crim

Bah..typo


17 posted on 08/29/2011 11:04:58 AM PDT by Crim (Palin / West '12)
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To: US Navy Vet

One thing that I thought was CLEAN-UP the DAMN KITCHEN!


18 posted on 08/29/2011 11:05:37 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: RikaStrom

I think the drama is written in to the “script.”


19 posted on 08/29/2011 11:05:37 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: US Navy Vet

Caught it part way through last night.

Interesting to a point, but it must have same old writers as all the other reality type shows with unnecessary personnel drama plot that only takes away.

You have some connection?


20 posted on 08/29/2011 11:06:08 AM PDT by dusttoyou ("Progressives" are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: US Navy Vet

Yep, I actually watch this show. I’ve learned a lot. It is pretty interesting to watch how people sabotage themselves and are unwilling to face it.


21 posted on 08/29/2011 11:06:26 AM PDT by Edgar3 (Don't THREAD on me!)
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To: dusttoyou

Nope No “connection”. Last night’s COX Cable line-up WAS LAME! So I watched this.


22 posted on 08/29/2011 11:08:09 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: US Navy Vet

“Anone that is thinking about getting into the food or bar industry can maybe pick-up some good tips from this guy.”

LOL...his ideas arent new...it’s just that that they work..

Know your customer.

Provide good service.

Keep your place clean.

Watch your money like a hawk.

I almost bought a neighborhood bar a few years ago....but the smoking ban pretty much killed the neighborhood bars here...

And having watched my aunts run a great money making bar into the ground doesnt help either...


23 posted on 08/29/2011 11:09:57 AM PDT by Crim (Palin / West '12)
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To: RikaStrom

“The reason I ask, is if your bar is failing, and you ask for help like this show to come in and tell you what is wrong and how to fix it, why in heaven’s name are you going to argue with the people trying to help?”

Because “Reality TV” has very little reality in it.The producers run the show and are involved in and often times do everything up to and including writing the plots and “actor’s” lines for these shows.

Peoples’ lives are generally very boring to everyone involved. If you don’t believe me, tell your neighbors you want to show them all your old home movies next Saturday night. Bet you screen them to an empty house.


24 posted on 08/29/2011 11:11:12 AM PDT by Cyman
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To: US Navy Vet
Sounds like a knockoff of Food Network's Restaurant Impossible, which does the same thing with mom and pop restaurants.
25 posted on 08/29/2011 11:12:55 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Cyman

LOL...you cant fake years of grime and neglect...

the curious thing to see is how many are still in business...

What is the actual success rate after the make over...


26 posted on 08/29/2011 11:14:14 AM PDT by Crim (Palin / West '12)
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To: US Navy Vet

Same here, too bad Irene was a No-acane it would have been neat to see Nuevo York washed clean for a change. Betn the cable cos made good “stimulas’ money with all the over-coverage.

The same ol drama is wearing thin on all these type shows, even a interesting one Son of a Gun, turned into a soap opera. Then again “Dow-Corning Ho’s Mud Wrestling with Catfish” might keep our attention.


27 posted on 08/29/2011 11:20:14 AM PDT by dusttoyou ("Progressives" are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: US Navy Vet

My husband started watching it about three weeks ago and I watched along, I do find it interesting. Either the owner of the bar or the “chef” are not receptive to “change”.


28 posted on 08/29/2011 11:31:47 AM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (DeMint /Palin, DeMint/Bachmann, DeMint/Cain, DeMint/Ryan 2012!!!!!!!)
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To: US Navy Vet

The bar from last night’s show, The Bone (formerly The Chicken Bone), is where Obama’s illegal immigrant uncle was arrested this past week.


29 posted on 08/29/2011 11:36:54 AM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (Democrats: "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.")
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To: US Navy Vet

to me it just looks like Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares with more booze


30 posted on 08/29/2011 11:43:11 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Crim; Cyman

Oh I am sure there is some manufactured drama, but I agree... hard to fake the ick and ewww some of the places were/are.

I wonder if there is a place that keeps statics on the places after the make over, I would like to see how many keep it up and how many revert. I know the one place... The champaign bar.. some thing bubbles, was renamed Sheer and then after the show they went back to the old name.

I Tivo’d last night episode, I may have to go watch since is was pointed out down thread that where the Boy King’s illegal alien uncle was when he got busted.


31 posted on 08/29/2011 11:45:41 AM PDT by RikaStrom (Pray for Obama - Psalm 109:8 "Let his days be few; and let another take his place of leadership.")
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I saw my first Kitchen Nightmare this weekend. Woof!

You know, I actually would be interested in seeing them do a show and leave the drama out. I bet a bunch of people would tune in just to see them all pitch in and make it work. I am over the “over dramatized” reality shows. Just show us a place that asked for help, wants that help, and then how to make it happen in 5 days, with experts.

I would love it if someone, owner/manager/decision maker would tell their staff “buy in, or buy out”. If you don’t want to do it to make it work, there’s the door. In this economy I bet they could find people that actually wanted to work, to come in and buy in to the process.


32 posted on 08/29/2011 11:51:07 AM PDT by RikaStrom (Pray for Obama - Psalm 109:8 "Let his days be few; and let another take his place of leadership.")
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To: US Navy Vet

I’ve watched three or four episodes. The “fixer” is tough and no-nonsense. The “fixees” are amazingly ignorant of common sense and business know-how. I can’t say whether it’s real or manufactured drama - but there’s always drama in every episode. I would assume as some have suggested, the producers encourage the drama to make the show interesting.


33 posted on 08/29/2011 11:53:57 AM PDT by jazztrptman (Sarah Palin is a God-send for our country and for conservatives)
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To: US Navy Vet

I really enjoy this show. Some people have compared it to Kitchen Nightmares but I think it is much better. Kitchen Nightmares touches on the quality of the food and the cleanliness of the kitchen but Bar Rescue actually treats the place like a business. Talking about costs and the average bill per customer etc... Its like an “Entrepreneur 911” where an expert comes in and turns a small business around (and not just a cooking show). Its interesting how many of the lessons on how to run a bar translate to other kinds of businesses.


34 posted on 08/29/2011 12:03:16 PM PDT by ICU812 (Oldtime Freeper, back from a long hiatus)
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To: US Navy Vet

I’ve seen it in the past, and thought it was interesting.

I watched about 3 minutes of it last night but the bar owner was in such denial, and obviously gonna fight every suggestion, I didn’t want to invest any more time in “stupid”. (The one about the Chicken Bone, with the flames shooting out of the chicken’s patootie on the sign outside.)

BUT, most of these bars are just absolutely, horrifyingly filthy to begin with. Even after the re-hab, if any locals were to watch the program about “their” bar, they’d probably be too nauseated to eat there. I know I would be.


35 posted on 08/29/2011 12:05:06 PM PDT by moovova
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To: US Navy Vet

One of my new favorite shows! I really like seeing someone who is struggling get back on their feet and on the path to success.


36 posted on 08/29/2011 12:09:12 PM PDT by SW6906 (6 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, horsepower, guns and ammunition.)
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To: US Navy Vet

The advice and corrective actions all seemed well-founded and to fit with what I recall of the neighborhood bars that my grandfather used to own and run in the Orlando area several decades ago.


37 posted on 08/29/2011 1:22:13 PM PDT by Rockingham
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To: US Navy Vet

Saw a few of them. Can you believe the man/owner did not know what his expenses were? No wonder he’s losing money, he was prolly being robbed blind, going out the back door


38 posted on 08/29/2011 2:09:29 PM PDT by MadelineZapeezda (ChelseaHandlerZapeezda2)
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To: US Navy Vet

Forgot to mention, he prolly had a good health inspection rating by county government workers, too....most h.i. don’t inspect real well/or overlook alot, esp if they get kickbacks


39 posted on 08/29/2011 2:13:20 PM PDT by MadelineZapeezda (ChelseaHandlerZapeezda2)
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To: US Navy Vet
Bar consultant goes into HORRIBLY ran Bars

Anyone who thinks these new "reality" shows are unscripted are delusional.........I'm not trying to demean you or your post, I'm just making an observation.

Kinda like these survival reality shows that are popping up that show some moron climbing a rock cliff and slipping or some other such crap. Anyone ever consider how the cameraman got in his position to film the "life threatening" slip?.....LOL!

40 posted on 08/29/2011 2:21:07 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (FREE YOUR BREASTS! FREE YOUR MIND!)
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All of these shows need drama. Story points are insertion of these little dramas. Don’t care what the show everything is scripted down to the last glancing look.


41 posted on 08/29/2011 2:25:48 PM PDT by steveo (PETO-VT-IN-MARI-SVB-CRVCE-AVSTRALI-SEPELIAR)
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To: Crim
...Went down the tubes due to many ciscumstances as portrayed in the show...

Such as?

42 posted on 08/31/2011 8:07:28 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: RikaStrom
You know, I actually would be interested in seeing them do a show and leave the drama out. I bet a bunch of people would tune in just to see them all pitch in and make it work. I am over the “over dramatized” reality shows. Just show us a place that asked for help, wants that help, and then how to make it happen in 5 days, with experts.

I would love it if someone, owner/manager/decision maker would tell their staff “buy in, or buy out”. If you don’t want to do it to make it work, there’s the door. In this economy I bet they could find people that actually wanted to work, to come in and buy in to the process.

I agree. Shows that just have folks arguing over dumb stuff and never improving their lot are depressing. I definitely love to watch shows and movies where bad situations are flipped with some genuine effort and hard work. Folks could learn and draw hope from positive examples. That may not draw ratings but I think there'd be a real, postive economic impact if it motivates a core of can-do viewers to try.

A show that talks about small businesses with the same positive outlook that they do for home-improvement shows, that'd be new!

43 posted on 08/31/2011 8:17:33 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: BradyLS

Personal caveat/disclaimer: I gave up TV years ago. With the anniversary of 9/11, I still haven’t watched much footage of the tower attacks. (Seen plenty of still. The movie United 93 was my first real chance to “watch” what happened.)

...So if this Bar Rescue show is the sort of positive show I’m talking about, more power to the producers and viewers!


44 posted on 08/31/2011 8:24:11 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: US Navy Vet

I apoligize if I came off as rude.


45 posted on 09/01/2011 9:01:34 AM PDT by BO Stinkss
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