On tonight’s episode of “Bar Rescue,” Jon Taffer and his crew came to Queens, New York in this episode titled “Anything You Can Yell, I Can Yell Louder.” Three firemen; Brian McGowan and his brothers Jimmy and John took over their late father’s bar, formerly known as the Firewater Inn that their father opened in 1986. They renamed it when they revamped the place in 2013 in honor of their father, but the renovations took too long, and the clientele went elsewhere. Now with the brothers at each other’s throats, the family being torn apart, and $400,000 in debt, they agreed to call in Jon Taffer and his crew to get them back in the black.
As Jon sat in his SUV with mixologist Russell Davis and executive chef Vic Vegas for the kitchen, they realized how bland the outside was. On the inside, it was as bland. John came in and realized that there were no chicken wings. The bartenders were all women; Christine is Jimmy’s wife, Catherine is John’s daughter and Kristin is Brian’s wife. For his recon, Jon brought in the Tubridy brothers and Ryan Whalen, who lost their bar to Hurricane Sandy. Jon reconstructed their Bungalow Bar and pretty much had to referee for them too in the 2013 episode titled “Hurricane Jon Versus Hurricane Sandy.”
When they went in, they ordered a Harvey Wallbanger, but the bartenders did not know how to make it. So they ordered a Cosmopolitan, but it was another conundrum. Soon the brothers started arguing and cursing at each other. Time for Taffer and crew to enter; and Jon asked the questions that hit raw nerves. Whose fault was it that they were failing? Finally after another argument ensued, Jon left. The blaming continued after he left, and they did not feel that Jon would return.
The next day, Jon felt that because they were firemen and he was a New Yorker, was the reason he returned. Jon heard the real reason for the resentment and arguing; money. Christine was the voice of reason; she knew that by not working together, the brothers were going to fail. Jimmy needed to treat his family the way he treats his fellow firemen.
Tonight is the stress test, and training will be starting immediately. Russell started training behind the bar, but he had his work cut out for him. Vic was in the kitchen showing the cook how to make a great quesadilla.
The drinks were coming slowly and about half the people had no drinks. The cook burned more quesadillas than he served. Jimmy was behind the bar and caused more problems. Finally, he started yelling and cursing at his wife, and drinking like a fish. Jon had enough and went toe to toe with Jimmy and told him that he would fire his ass. Jimmy then came back in to push his weight around and left. Once he left, they sent all the customers home. Christine defended him by stating that he handles stress differently than everyone else. So the brothers and Jon decided they need to talk tomorrow.
The next morning, Jon told them he is not yelling again. Then their mother walked in. She read a letter she wrote about the bar, her husband and the family. When Jimmy saw his mother cry, he felt emotions that were suppressed for a long time. Russell then started intensive training, making drinks that would appeal to the firefighters and their friends.
In the kitchen, Vic showed John and the cook how to get reaction from people who are daring. They made the Jacked-Up Grill Cheese Challenge, it starts with a shot, and the grilled cheese sandwich gets extremely hotter as it goes down the line. At the far end is a glass of milk. If someone can drink the shot, then eat the entire sandwich without drinking the milk; they win a tee shirt.
After the renovations were completed, they stood outside and saw the new sign; Jack’s Fire Dept. was the new name because Jack’s Ale House had no appeal. When they went inside, the entire theme was devoted to firemen, including the front of a fire truck that was the backdrop of the bar. The brothers hugged each other like never before. The fire truck that was about to be scrapped, now had parts all over the building. The original sign from their father’s bar adorned the walls. The Firewater Inn will never be forgotten. The letter their mother wrote was on the back of the new menu.
The patio was now a new great place to eat and drink, with the fire theme all around. Even in the men’s room, there was a game called “Whip Out Your Hose.” The grand opening was a roaring success. Jon even managed to see someone take the Jacked-Up challenge and win a tee shirt. The Tubridy brothers even came back to celebrate with the family.
Six weeks later, the sales have tripled. John has no intention of selling the bar, and Jimmy and Christine are happy in their marriage, thanks to Jon and his crew at “Bar Rescue.”