February 21, 2020

Here's what happened to every Florida bar featured on 'Bar Rescue'

The state of Florida has been a longtime favorite for the reality show "Bar Rescue," where host Jon Taffer – inventor of the "butt funnel" and the NFL Sunday ticket– gives bar owners a free remodel in exchange for getting screamed at on camera.

In the spirit of Taffer's catchphrase "Shut it down!" we wondered how many of Florida's "Bar Rescue" bars have actually succeeded and how many have shutdown over the years. While the whole state has plenty of watering holes featured on the show, Central Florida wasn't immune to the Taffer treatment. Tampa Bay alone has had seven bars featured over the show's six seasons.

So, here's what happened to the Florida bars that agreed to pull back the doors, bust open the books and make a call for help to "Bar Rescue."

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Toucans Oceanside Bar & Grill 
500 N Broadwalk, Hollywood
Although there were rats in the kitchen, Taffer teared up after hearing that one of the co-owners had recently lost a son. The restaurant has since changed its name to Bonny and Read’s, and has a mostly positive rating on Google reviews.
Photo via Google Maps

Toucans Oceanside Bar & Grill

500 N Broadwalk, Hollywood
Although there were rats in the kitchen, Taffer teared up after hearing that one of the co-owners had recently lost a son. The restaurant has since changed its name to Bonny and Read’s, and has a mostly positive rating on Google reviews.

Photo via Google Maps
The Copper Rocket 
106 Lake Ave., Maitland
The original owner of The Copper Rocket threw a fit online after claiming he was the rightful owner of Orlando Weekly’s “Best Of” awards. The Bar Rescue episode, which addressed the bar’s salmonella problem, was delayed while Spike TV transformed into Paramount Network. The bar’s owner sold The Copper Rocket before the episode aired, but the new owners kept the name.
Photo via The Copper Rocket’s website

The Copper Rocket

106 Lake Ave., Maitland
The original owner of The Copper Rocket threw a fit online after claiming he was the rightful owner of Orlando Weekly’s “Best Of” awards. The Bar Rescue episode, which addressed the bar’s salmonella problem, was delayed while Spike TV transformed into Paramount Network. The bar’s owner sold The Copper Rocket before the episode aired, but the new owners kept the name.

Photo via The Copper Rocket’s website
The Bamboo Beach Tiki Bar  
4040 Galt Ocean Drive # B1-A, Fort Lauderdale
In the season 2 episode "Tiki Curse," Taffer tried to get slacking bartenders to tighten up and addressed an angry kitchen manager. The bar and restaurant is still in operation with an above average Google review ranking.
Photo via Bamboo Beach Tiki Bar Facebook

The Bamboo Beach Tiki Bar

4040 Galt Ocean Drive # B1-A, Fort Lauderdale
In the season 2 episode "Tiki Curse," Taffer tried to get slacking bartenders to tighten up and addressed an angry kitchen manager. The bar and restaurant is still in operation with an above average Google review ranking.

Photo via Bamboo Beach Tiki Bar Facebook
Dale 1891 
11742 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa
Taffer reinvented the bar and grill with an island theme and a rebranding as Cayman Cove. The bar announced they were closing on June 6, 2019, with the owners citing a desire to spend more time with their family. A beach-themed bar named Twisted Turtle has taken over the location.
Photo via  Cayman Cove Facebook

Dale 1891

11742 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa
Taffer reinvented the bar and grill with an island theme and a rebranding as Cayman Cove. The bar announced they were closing on June 6, 2019, with the owners citing a desire to spend more time with their family. A beach-themed bar named Twisted Turtle has taken over the location.

Photo via Cayman Cove Facebook
New England's Ale House Grille 
3419 US-19 ALT, Palm Harbor
During recon, the owner of New England’s Ale House discovered that the bar’s kitchen had sanitary issues. Multiple members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made guest appearances in this episode and the Ale House was rebranded as a German-themed restaurant named Das Brauhaus. The restaurant closed in 2019 and the owner repurposed the bar’s Facebook to promote her real estate business. The space is still vacant.
Photo via Paramount

New England's Ale House Grille

3419 US-19 ALT, Palm Harbor
During recon, the owner of New England’s Ale House discovered that the bar’s kitchen had sanitary issues. Multiple members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made guest appearances in this episode and the Ale House was rebranded as a German-themed restaurant named Das Brauhaus. The restaurant closed in 2019 and the owner repurposed the bar’s Facebook to promote her real estate business. The space is still vacant.

Photo via Paramount

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