Angels Sports Bar Before Bar Rescue
Prior to its appearance on Bar Rescue, Angels Sports Bar was the hottest spot in town to go in and watch any game of any sport; owner Renee Vicary estimates that the bar was bringing in approximately $85,000 up to $90,000 per month. However, the large interior is now host to stray customers; Renee explains that they are barely holding on and doing whatever they can to bring in customers, which includes activities such as karaoke. Renee has stepped back to allow general manager Wayne to run the business. However, Wayne is very apathetic, as he himself explains that the bar is falling apart but they just let things go instead of repairing it.
Then, a shocking fact is revealed about Angels Sports Bar; it is now losing $4,000 a month and can barely make the weekly payroll for their workers. How will Angels Sports Bar fair on Bar Rescue? Read on more to find out.
Angels Sports Bar on Bar Rescue
Angels Sports Bar rests in Corona, California, which is around 50 miles south of Los Angeles. Angels Sports Bar was opened in 1992, at the height of the blue collar boom in California. They cashed in by catering to the town’s blue collar demographic, but now the bar is a shell of itself. Renee Vicary reached out to Bar Rescue host Jon Taffer to help their business, and both Jon and his wife are performing reconnaissance. The first thing Jn points out is that there is no separation between the strip club and the bar, explaining that the customer does not know which entrance to go in.
Jon’s wife, Nicole, starts to read some of the Yelp reviews, and none of them are positive -”dank, stank, and carpet smells” pretty much sums up the experience of Angels Sports Bar. Jon and Nicole then step in to order food; the employees do not know what either of them look like yet. Nicole points out that her martini is strong, and Jon examines the general disrepair in Angels Sports Bar. Nicole wonders if the bar is going to turn into a strip club is connected to it, then explains that she feels like she is in a strip club due to the elevated stage.
Nicole then points out that the general manager, Wayne, is on break, shooting pool and drinking. The Taffers’ food then comes, and although it is advertised as “fresh pizza,” the food is served on the cardboard tray. When Jon goes to pay, their waitress says that the credit card machine is broken, although they do have an ATM machine with a $6 fee. At the front of the bar, there are numerous motorcycles parked – if there are 3 or more bikes, 34% of women will not enter. If there are 6 or more bikes, 88% of women will not enter.
Jon introduces himself to Nicole, and explains that the bar is a “s**thole.” Nicole then says that she is in business and she needs to make money for her family. Nicole then says that it was the managers’ decision to make the sports bar look like a strip club, although Jon says that this is a classic situation of the blind leading the blind.
Jon brings in Michael Tipps to help train the barmaids on how to serve drinks and properly treat customers, and Michael starts by ordering a rum and coke – the pour is absolutely sophomoric, and he estimates that there is barely an ounce of alcohol in there. Michael then asks about the type of gin they carry, but the barmaid cannot answer. Michael asks for a martini glass, and the barmaids hand him a glass and ask, “is this a martini glass?” Even Michael agrees that the bar is a total craphole.
Deborah Maguire is then brought in as an expert in customer service to help refresh the image of the female servers. The first thing she points out is that the women come to work in skimpy tops – the importance of a consistent uniform is so that the customers can easily identify an employee. Deborah points out that this is the sports bar and not the strip club; any time you are in customer service, you must have a good presentation. Deborah asks the employee which has been working the longest if they look forward to coming out; Karissa says that she started walking out with $500 in tips, but now it is usually around $25 to $50.
Jon and his two experts come together to form a
plan of attack, and he starts by explaining that they need to change the name since it shares a name with the strip club next door. He starts by recommending that it should be rebranded as a whiskey bar, which Michael agrees with. Michael, Jon and Deborah begin to go back and retrain all of the employees. Jon himself is working with the management; he points out that any two employees don’t know the same recipes. There is also no excuse for Christmas decorations on the wall, and staples placed in the wall that the management walks by every single day.
Jon meets with Renee to explain more of the science details about Angels Sports Bar; more than 17,000 cars drive by the sports bar every day. Those people that drive by the building every day are not stopping, which is why Jon feels that they need to revitalize the front of the building. When the new MGM Grand was built in Las Vegas, you had to walk through the mouth of the lion; Chinese gamblers would not walk through it due to the idea of doing so being bad luck, but after removing the decoration, more and more Chinese gamblers started to come into the MGM Grand.
As the revitalization process begins, Jon and Renee meet and discuss the reality of Wayne as the general manager; Jon explains that Renee needs to fire Wayne. Jon offers to show Renee how to release an employee, and Wayne does not ask for a second chance or a chance to explain himself. This shows that Wayne was truly never interested in his job.
Angels Sports Bar Now in 2018- The After Bar Rescue Update
Angels Sports Bar has been rebranded as “Racks Billiards & Bourbon,” with much more of a focus on pool and bourbon. Renee points out that she loves the name, and that there is now a front-facing window; now, the place looks far more like a place to drink rather than a strip club. The bar has been repainted into a much more pleasing color, and the front of the store has had a “no parking” area to deter bikes. The inside has been completely reworked to feature a host of new billiards tables and a lounge area, as well as a miniature arcade station. Each of the employees are excited about the revitalization of the bar, and all of them admit that this is exactly what they needed. The most important thing about the rejuvenation of Racks Billiards and Bourbon is a working credit card terminal, courtesy of Jon’s friends at a point-of-sales company.
Since its appearance on Bar Rescue, Racks Billiards and Bourbon has unfortunately closed. A man was fatally stabbed outside the bar in August of 2015, and since then the interest in the bar continued to go down. However, it was rated as fairly average with all things considered that it was a dive-type bar inside a blue collar neighborhood. On Yelp, it varied between high and low reviews with an average of a 3-star rating over 68 reviews, and was placed under the “sports bars, dance clubs, and music venues” categories.