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Original Episode Air Date: March 27, 2022
The Bar's Original Name Was: Ace's Sports Hangar
Ace's A Sporting Bar Address: 6520 Cascades Ct Ste 200 The Colony, TX 75056
Ace’s Sports Hangar, later renamed to Ace’s A Sporting Bar, was a The Colony, Texas bar that was featured on Season 8 of Bar Rescue.
Though the Ace’s Sports Hangar Bar Rescue episode aired in March 2022, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that in November 2021.
It was Season 8 Episode 14 and the episode name was “Ace’s Wild”.
In this episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer visits Ace’s Sports Hangar in The Colony, TX.
The Colony is a suburb of Dallas, TX, so it’s right near a big metropolitan area.
The bar is owned by Will and Candace Kuhn, who are seasoned bar owners.
They own four bars at the time of the Ace’s Sports Hangar Bar Rescue episode, but they’ve owned as many as seven bars.
Generally, Candace handles the design of the bars and then Will handles the actual day-to-day operations and management.
This bar is mainly owned by Candace, though, and it’s named after her son Ace.
Candance wanted a bar of her own, so she’s the one managing and running this one.
Side note – there is another location of Ace’s Sports Hangar at CityLine in Richardson, Texas, but the Ace’s Bar Rescue episode is about the one located in The Colony.
However, the Covid-19 pandemic put a lot of stress on Will and Candace.
While they were successful for a long time, things are difficult now.
While Will focuses on the other three bars, Candace focus on Ace’s Sports Hangar.
She doesn’t have as much management and operation experience, so the bar is hitting major problems.
After just one year in business, the bar is losing a lot of money and putting stress on the Kuhn’s finances.
At the time of the Ace’s Bar Rescue episode, the bar is losing $15,000 per month, which is forcing them to pull money from the other bars to support it.
Will doesn’t blame Candace for the bar’s problems, but it’s still causing difficulties with their marriage, as well.
As part of renovating the bar, Jon Taffer made a slight tweak to the bar’s name, changing it from Ace’s Sports Hangar to Ace’s: A Sporting Bar.
To be honest, I actually like the original name better.
A “sports hangar” sounds pretty cool.
What do you think?
So was the Ace’s Bar Rescue episode a success?
Let’s talk about what happened next and whether this Texas bar is still open in 2023.
Ace's A Sporting Bar Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Twisted Bar Rescue visit, let’s talk about what happened after Jon Taffer and his crew left The Colony, TX.
First off, I want to highlight some background information on behind the scenes of the Bar Rescue episode.
There are some funny posts on Facebook, though.
For example, Candace Kuhn left a comment on the Bar Rescue preview video in response to her friend.
Her friend said “Awe, Candace looked so upsetttttttttt” and Candance responded with “🤢 Yea, don’t worry they had me cry a lot🤦🏻♀️ #botoxfacecry”.
Haha – it is true that Jon Taffer and the Bar Rescue producers love filming a good cry.
In fact, the Kuhns seem to have specifically not wanted to be filmed looking like the typical idiot Bar Rescue owners.
Because they have three other successful bars, it’s hard to portray them like that.
In a February post on his page, Will Kuhn actually said that he had previously turned down Bar Rescue because he didn’t want to be portrayed as an idiot.
However, because Bar Rescue Season 8 and Season 9 are more about saving bars from Covid-19 restrictions instead of just bad ownership, he felt comfortable being on the show.
It does seem like Will was a fan of the show, though, as one of his friends said he was always trying new ideas for the bar based on what he saw on Bar Rescue.
Unfortunately, though, Ace’s: A Sporting Bar is not a Bar Rescue success story. Let’s talk about it…
Is Ace’s Sports Hangar from Bar Rescue still open?
Ace’s: A Sporting Bar / Ace’s Sports Hangar was already closed at the time that the Ace’s Bar Rescue episode aired on TV.
The bar closed because it was sold to new owners.
The new owners changed the name to Twisted Bar and Grill, though they did take over the old Ace’s Sports Hangar Facebook page.
Ace’s: A Sporting Bar was sold on February 1, 2022, which is about two months after the visit from Jon Taffer and two months before the Ace’s Bar Rescue episode aired on TV.
In announcing the sale, Will Kuhn posted the following message on his Facebook page:
I wanted to take a minute to brag on Candace Goggans Kuhn for a minute.
As most of you know we’ve had what feels like a dozen bar and restaurants over the past years.
Always with candace designing them and me running them.
Well today marks the day that Candace sold her first location.
The colony was her baby from design to operations.
Everyone remembers their first business deal or sale.
You have this one in the books with more to come.
Very proud of the business woman and partner you have become.
Here’s a screenshot of the Facebook post in case it gets deleted:
Ace’s Sports Hangar certainly wouldn’t be the first bar to close before its episode aired on TV.
For example, The Bradley in Las Vegas was also sold before the episode even aired.
Reviews for the new bar are ok but not great. Twisted Bar and Grill currently has a 3.5 star rating on its Yelp page.
So it seems like the old Ace’s Sports Hangar The Colony location is in a good spot at least.
People seem to compliment both the food and the service at the new Twisted Bar and Grill.
Here’s a picture of the new bar in the old Ace’s Sports Hangar The Colony TX location, courtesy of the most recent Google Maps street view update:
A few people seem to have also visited when it was Ace’s Sports Hangar and noted that the bar has improved under the new Twisted Bar and Grill ownership.
Will and Candace own other bars
Will and Candace Kuhn also still have their other bars, so they certainly haven’t exited the hospitality space.
There actually is also another location of Ace’s Sports Hangar in Richardson at CityLine, Texas that is still open at this time.
They also seem to have opened a new Ace’s Sports Hangar location in Sulphur Springs shortly after the Bar Rescue episode aired.
However, the Ace’s Sports Hangar Sulphur Springs location seems to have already closed, so it didn’t survive very long.
So while the location in The Colony that was featured on Bar Rescue has been sold/closed, the Ace’s Sports Hangar name does still live at the Richardson location.
The Sulphur Springs location now shows as being for “Muddy Jakes Sports Grille and Pub”, so it seems like they might have sold that location rather than just closing it.
Beyond the other Ace’s Sports Hangar locations, Will and Candace also seem to owner a restaurant named Princeton Pizza Tavern.
So yeah – even if Ace’s Sports Hangar The Colony closed, the couple have plenty of other hospitality businesses.
That wraps up my Ace’s update!
Jon Taffer visited a couple other Texas bars in this swing of Bar Rescue Season 8.
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Last updated: 2023-06-25 09:43