Molly Malone’s before Bar Rescue
In 2006, Bob Isaacson changed careers from being a bartender to a bar owner as he purchased Molly Malone’s in Ramona, California. He was able to buy the bar with the help of his parents who contributed $350 grand, taken from their retirement funds. Isaacson’s transition from bartender to owner was not a smooth ride, and the first year of Molly Malone’s was not quite profitable as well.
As he had trouble managing the bar, Isaacson sought help from his girlfriend Rayne. The decision did more harm than good as Rayne’s managerial duties strained the couple’s relationship. The bar still failed to make a profit and the frustrated employees began to lock horns. Isaacson was unable to prevent his staff from tearing each other apart, which further annoyed Rayne.
The lack of leadership and sinking employee morale caused Molly Malone’s to lose $6 grand a month. With their relationship and financial future on the line, the pair agreed to call for Jon Taffer and Bar Rescue for help.
Molly Malone’s on Bar Rescue
From the outside, Molly Malone’s had a very lifeless façade that was splashed in white, while a dancing balloon on its roof made it look like a used car store. It was situated along Main Street where almost 30,000 cars passed by each day, but the bar barely attracted any clientele. Taffer, accompanied by experts Mia Mastroianni and Gavin Murphy, observed the bar’s interior through the cameras and saw conflicting decorations and an inefficient placement of the service station. Isaacson was busy drinking while Rayne was working hard serving the customers. The other bartenders were also busy, although in playing pool while goofing around with each other.
The bar area had no drink menu and the bartenders mixed their signature cocktail inside the booze bottle itself which, according to Mastroianni, was illegal. The kitchen was doing fine, although Taffer was concerned by the huge servings of food which incurred losses instead of profits.
The Bar Rescue host entered Molly Malone’s right when the bartenders were hurling expletives at each other. Rayne revealed that Isaacson was occupied with video games on his phone and was oblivious to what was happening on his bar. Taffer had Isaacson order one of the bartenders to go home for the night like a real boss.
The next day Taffer returned for a staff meeting where Isaacson was out of words while his bartenders were still insulting each other. Rayne revealed that she was with Isaacson for seven years and that she gave up her education to help him, and that her relationship with her son also suffered because of Isaacson’s mismanagement. Even when Rayne threatened to split up with him, Isaacson was still clueless as to what to do and only moved when his employees told him to go after his girl. Eventually he snapped out of his obliviousness and went in with Rayne with renewed confidence.
The two experts began their training on the employees. Murphy taught the bar’s chef Chris how to create delicious burgers and serve smaller portions on the jalapeno poppers. Mastroianni told the bartenders to act like professionals and to stop their illegal ways of mixing cocktails in bottles. She then taught them new cocktails such as The Rayne Peach which had a balanced flavor.
For the stress test, Taffer provided each bartender a jar that contained $100. Every mistake would cost a bartender $5. Chris was slow in serving the burgers but showed some improvement in performance. The bartenders did not kill each other during the stress test but they had numerous mistakes which cost them a lot in their money jars. Isaacson showed a considerable amount of effort which earned him a bit of praise from his staff members.
The next day Taffer sat with the couple where Isaacson showed a change in character. He was more confident and made a promise to not drink again, making Rayne even more hopeful towards their future. Taffer then discussed his blueprints for the bar which involved ditching the Irish bar theme and making it look like a waystation which complements Ramona’s history of having a stagecoach route. Mastroianni introduced the Bourbon Blueberry Pie while Murphy added beef stew on the menu.
After the renovation, Molly Malone’s was transformed into Way Point Saloon. The bland white exterior was now splashed in red and brown, and the dancing balloon was removed. The interior had a total western makeover with décor such as wheels and horseshoes on wooden walls. The bar area now had three television sets, three POS systems, and a complete service station. Taffer installed a small plaque on the counter which displayed the date of the couple’s first kiss, right at the spot where they also first met.
Molly Malone’s Now in 2018 – The After Bar Rescue Update
Way Point Saloon is still open in 2017. They kept the changes implemented by Bar Rescue but they also still use the Molly Malone’s name. They acknowledge the show’s rescue on the about page of their website.
The bar only had a few reviews on Yelp for this year which indicated the high prices on the bar’s beer selection. As for their Facebook page, there were many five star feedbacks. Praise were consistent on the food and drinks with fantastic servers and atmosphere.
Way Point Saloon is situated next to the restaurant named Up the Hill Grill. On the restaurant’s website, they indicate that they serve food to the bar.
They feature live music with a band lineup up to July. They also host weekly events like live sports on Sundays, pool games on Monday to Wednesday, and karaoke on Thursday nights.
Last April, the bar had a food inspection which was conducted by the Food & Housing Division of San Diego County. There were no violations and the bar received an “A” grade.
The bar maintains an active Facebook page. Click here to visit it. They also have a Facebook account where they post updates regarding Way Point Saloon. Finally, you can check out their website at http://www.waypointsaloon.com/.