(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 3 | View All Season 3 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: August 18, 2013
The Bar's Original Name Was: Cliques
22 Klicks Address: 3109 S Main St #110, Hope Mills, NC 28348
Cliques, later renamed to 22 Klicks, was a Fayetteville / Hope Mills, North Carolina bar that was featured on Season 3 of Bar Rescue.
Though the 22 Klicks Bar Rescue episode aired in August 2013, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that.
It was Season 3 Episode 17 and the episode name was “Corking the Hole”.
In season three of John Taffer’s, Bar Rescue, Taffer was in Hope Mills North Carolina at Cliques, which would later be renamed to 22 Klicks.
If you’re not familiar with North Carolina, Hope Mills is near Fayetteville.
Fayetteville is home to Fort Bragg, so it’s a very big army town.
During Taffer’s recon, he and his experts witnessed a bar that had no leadership, a frat house environment, a room full of testosterone, and an angry owner $140,000 in debt.
It’s Bar Rescue, so that’s pretty much par for the course.
The owner of 22 Klicks, Todd Harr, was deployed by the military two years after opening Cliques.
When Harr returned to Cliques from overseas found his establishment run down and his employees out of control.
Harr made no attempt to or was unable to reign his employees in so he joined in on the fun and turned his bar into a boys club.
The kitchen, bar, and food were roach infested.
The liquor bottles, mugs, and coolers were also roach infested, which is super duper gross.
To make matters worse, Todd refused to take responsibility for the roach infestation.
Instead, he blamed it on his employees, saying that there wouldn’t be roaches if they were doing their jobs.
While that is kind of true, he’s still the owner so he’s responsible for making sure people do their jobs, at least in my opinion.
Furthermore, the decor in the bar made no sense.
The most offensive decoration was the punching bag machine.
Testosterone was flowing like the beer should have been and during the episode, a patron was hurt.
Jon came in questioned Harr about his lack of leadership and discipline, told him about his bad food and drinks, as he always does.
What’s more, Taffer told him the first thing to go was the punching machine and the next, the name.
As part of the renovations, Jon Taffer changed the name from Cliques to 22 Klicks.
In a community that caters largely to the military, it just made sense. 22 Klicks Bar & Grille is 22 Klicks from Fort Bragg.
The 22 Klicks décor pays homage to the military and features a model tank instead of the punching machine.
The tank, walls, and memorabilia have become popular conversation pieces.
The food served is great bar food with a bar that serves military-themed drinks.
So was the Cliques Bar Rescue episode a long-term success?
Keep reading our update to learn what happened next and if the bar is still open in 2023 and beyond.
22 Klicks Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the 22 Klicks Bar Rescue episode, let’s talk about how the bar is doing after Jon Taffer and his crew left Hope Mills, NC.
At the normal check-in with the Bar Rescue producers, we learn that sales at the bar are up a whopping 50%.
This increased revenue has given Todd a chance to finally clear out his debt.
Todd also seems to have kept in touch with Jon Taffer, as the two were seen hanging out together at the Nightclub & bar convention in 2015.
Jon Taffer also revisited 22 Klicks in a 2018 Back to the Bar episode.
You can see a clip of this episode in this YouTube video, though I can’t find anything longer:
Given this, you’re probably not surprised that Todd has kept pretty much all of Taffer’s changes, even including the drinks.
Now, let’s get to the most important questions…
Is 22 Klicks still open after Bar Rescue?
As of 2023, 22 Klicks is still open and serving customers in Hope Mills under the same name and concept that Jon Taffer gave them.
The bar is quite active on the 22Klicks Facebook page, regularly posting about events and specials.
They seem to regularly have live music, which is cool.
Here’s a screenshot of a Facebook post promoting an upcoming artist:
Reviews for the bar are pretty good but not amazing.
22 Klicks has a 3.5 star rating on its Yelp page and a 4.3 star rating on Google Reviews.
Here are few examples of the reviews that were written after the visit from Jon Taffer…
3 star review from July 2019:
I’ve been curious to go to this place ever since seeing it re-done on the show Bar Rescue.
I did like the environment.
Small, casual, cozy-ish.
Plenty of room for pool and to have a good time with your friends.
I thought the gator nuggets/gator bites could’ve been bigger but the portion size complimented the fact that they are small.
Overall this is not a bad place, and I’ll definitely be back to try the burgers next time.
3 star review from June 2013:
Rather normal dive bar experience.
The interior was clearly a result of the Bar Rescue episode done recently.
It’s a cool vibe, even if it’s a little obvious.
It’s fun, nonetheless.
Clientele are what you’d expect: single soldiers and middle aged drinkers.
Good selection of drink choices, and an interesting grill menu.
Saturday night is 80s night, which was fun and kitchy.
Worth checking out if you’re in the area.
5 star review from June 2015:
I work on Fort Bragg, so getting to this place during lunch is a bit of a hike.
But the food is so good that I’ve been eating here regularly since well before the episode of Bar Rescue.
At first glance, this place seems like almost any other bar.
Nice ambiance, friendly staff, etc.
I have no complaints in this area.
Now, on to the food.
This is where 22 Klicks really shines.
The burgers are freaking phenomenal.
Try the deep fried burger.
You won’t be disappointed.
There are many unique items on the menu that you can’t find anywhere else in the area, including but not limited to alligator bites. Yum.
And if you go here and don’t try the chicken cordon bleu bites you are doing yourself a grave disservice.
They are among the best appetizers I’ve ever had the pleasure to try.
If you’re in the Fayetteville area and you want to check it out, you can learn more at the official 22 Klicks website.
Fun fact – 22 Klicks still uses the Harbor Touch POS system.
If you’re a Bar Rescue fan, you know all about that!
You’ll see the online Harbor Touch interface if you browse the 22 Klicks menu.
And then here’s what the 22 Klicks Hope Mills NC location looks like in the most picture from Google Maps street view…
It’s right by a hotel, so I imagine it gets a lot of foot traffic from that.
Police arrested one 22 Klicks staff member in 2014
Thanks to Albert in the comments section below for alerting me about this.
In 2014 (a little less than a year after the 22 Klicks Bar Rescue episode aired on TV), one 22 Klicks employee was arrested as part of police doing raids on three local restaurants.
Most of the focus seemed to be on a restaurant named Mickey’s Bar and Grill, where 19 employees were arrested.
However, police also raided 22 Klicks and arrested one employee there.
According to a Facebook post from the police, the “employees were in possession of the drugs at the business and sold drugs in the bars and the area around them”.
I am definitely NOT suggesting that Todd had any knowledge of this or was involved, so I don’t want it to seem like I’m smearing the bar.
It seems like just one rogue employee taking advantage of the situation.
I’m only sharing because I thought it was interesting.
Here’s another news article that references the raids.
If you want to see a much crazier version of this story where the owner actually was involved, you might be interested in my update for Fogline Bar / Russell City Grill in Hayward CA.
Final thoughts on 22 Klicks
Overall, 22 Klicks seems like a real Bar Rescue success story.
Todd Harr genuinely accepted Taffer’s changes and continued with them.
In return for this (and his hard work, of course), 22 Klicks has enjoyed almost a decade of success, with no signs of that stopping any time soon.
Congrats to everyone involved – this is what Bar Rescue is all about!
If you want to see some other North Carolina Bar Rescue episodes, you can check out my updates for The Gateway Pub / Corner Pocket II in Hickory, Rio Ultra Lounge / 360 Lounge Reloaded in Charlotte, MoonRunners Saloon / Characters Quarters in Garner, and Cashmere / Dual Ultra Nightclub in Raleigh.
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Last updated: 2023-05-18 03:39