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Season: 4 | View All Season 4 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: December 6, 2015
The Bar's Original Name Was: Jazz Katz
Back Beat Piano Bar Address: 29555 Northwestern Hwy #312, Southfield, MI 48034
Back Beat Piano Bar, originally Jazz Katz, was a Southfield, Michigan bar featured on Season 4 of Bar Rescue. The Jazz Katz Bar Rescue episode aired in December 2015, but the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place earlier.
Owned by Dr. Tamika Scott, Jazz Katz is located in Southfield, Michigan.
Dr. Tamika always had a dream of owning a jazz joint. In 2014 her dream came true.
She believes jazz is like a form of therapy for some people.
While that’s an admirable belief, you also need strong business skills to run a successful bar.
Unfortunately, Dr. Tamika began hiring friends instead of qualified staff.
The quality dropped, and customers stopped returning.
Tamika and her mother do not get along, and the restaurant is one month away from closing.
To help save the Jazz Katz bar, Jon brings in Phil Wills and Chef Anthony Lamas to assist.
The exterior of Jazz Katz is dull. Jon thinks a Jazz club is a risky concept as it is an unpopular type of music.
Tamika’s mom Karen and her father, Ray, are co-managers of Jazz Katz.
Dre is the bartender, and he refuses to make certain cocktails because he doesn’t know-how.
To recon things, Jazz bassist Robert Hurst goes undercover in the bar.
From Robert’s seat, he can’t see the stage or the musician. The drinks he orders are too strong. Karen, the co-manager, begins arguing with Dre over drinks, which sets the bar back even further.
Dre begins fighting with a guest and starts to get violent. That night Dre is fired.
The next day Jon meets with the staff and highlights how the standards have dropped. Both inexperienced workers and lack of leadership are the causes.
Janelle, the sous chef, has been caught stealing. Jon reminds Tamika not to be guided by her emotions. She has to be a strong leader.
The bar is messy, and the kitchen is dirty. The food in the kitchen is also not appropriately handled.
Jon shuts the kitchen down and has the staff clean it. Phil trains the new bartenders. He has them make drinks, and he assesses them along the way.
The kitchen is closed during the stress test, and the bar is understaffed.
Jon allows 25 patrons in for 30 minutes. There is no live music during the test.
Tamika is put in charge, and the night is a disaster. Slow bartenders lost the tickets, and Karen was not being a team player. Jon shut down the test.
Jon wants to solve Karen and Tamika’s problems. He tells Karen she is putting down her daughter, affecting their bar.
Jon tries to motivate Tamika and suggests changing the theme to something more modern. Phil trains the staff on bitter drinks because those might make customers buy more drinks. The kitchen staff is trained on how to make shrimp and grits.
Jon has Tamika tear down the first wall as a therapy.
The staff gather to see the changes and love the new theme.
The name is changed to Back Beat Piano Bar and Cocktails. There is a Piano centerpiece that is visible from anywhere. Relaunch ends up going smooth. Tamika manages well, and her mom listens to her.
Back Beat Piano Bar Update - What Happened Next?
Six weeks after the Jazz Katz Bar Rescue episode, we find out that the bar has only grossed a pitiful $7,600, which obviously isn’t enough to pay rent and staff.
What’s more, Tamika is still struggling with communication with her mother, which means the bar is adding extra stress beyond the money troubles.
Because Back Beat Piano Bar wasn’t earning enough money to keep the lights on, they tried to start a GoFundMe campaign to raise the $7,000 needed keep the bar open and pay their owed money (because they were already behind on rent).
However, the GoFundMe campaign didn’t work and Jazz Katz / Back Beat Piano Bar closed soon after.
As of 2022, the old Jazz Katz location is occupied by a comedy club called Punchline Comedy Lounge.
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Last updated: 2021-12-31 11:07