Bacon Bar Bar Rescue Update (Kerry’s Sports Pub) – Open or Closed?

Is Bacon Bar still open in 2022?

Status: >> CLOSED <<
(keep reading to learn what happened)

Season: 3 | View All Season 3 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: October 20, 2013
The Bar's Original Name Was: Kerry's Sports Pub
Bacon Bar Address: 3520 N Rancho Dr Las Vegas, NV 89130

Bacon Bar Bar Rescue Update

Episode Recap

Bacon Bar, originally named Kerry’s Sports Pub, was a Las Vegas, Nevada bar featured on Season 3 of Bar Rescue.

Though the Bacon Bar Bar Rescue episode aired in October 2013, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that.

It was Season 3 Episode 23 and the episode name was “Grandpa Got Run Over by His Grandkids”.

Kerry’s Sports Pub is a bar located in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Owner Bill Davis has invested his life savings into the bar and hired his family and staff to save money.

In 2011 Bill suffered a stroke, and his family took advantage of him. Justin, Bill’s grandson, is a flirt, and Kim, his daughter, lets too many things slide.

The bar is losing money, and there are no customers.

Bill tells Bar Rescue he only has three months’ worth of cash to keep the place going. MElody and Jana are bartenders and are both exes of Justin’s. 

Jon has undercover hospitality employees go into Kerry’s Sports Bar to check the service.

They order a margarita and a bloody mary.

There are two bartenders required to make these simple drinks.

Jon and Bill then call a meeting, and Jon plays a video of Justin badmouthing the bar. Jon has a surveillance video of John and Lacey, another staff member, stealing money from the till.

They say it was just their tips. Lacey then accuses Melody of stealing. 

Kim decides to give everyone one more chance.

Jon pulls up a report that shows stealing is occurring in the bar.

Jana and Melody are responsible for losing 1/2 of the bars sales. Kim is convinced to act as a manager and fires both girls.

Jon promises to find them, new bartenders. 

Jon then introduces Chef Brendan Collins.

Brendan has the cook make a BLT and trains him on the presentation.

Mixologist Phil Wills teaches Justin and Lacey on drinks until the new bartenders are hired.

Phil says that Lacey is nervous and Justin is rude. 

Kim is designated as manager during the stress test.

Kerry’s Sports Pub is immediately slammed.

Justin is not applying any of his feedback, and Lacey is flustered. Justin is only making one drink at a time.

Phil steps in to help Justin, but he walks away, annoyed. 

The next day Justin comes in apologizing.

Jon says they will use bacon to differentiate themselves from other sports bars.

Victoria is hired as a new bartender, and Justin is instructed not to date her.

Phil trains the bartenders on making Bloody Mary’s with a bacon twist.

The kitchen is trained on making bacon sandwiches. 

The bar is renovated and renamed The Bacon Bar.

The interior is very colorful with bacon-themed decor.

There is even a separate bucket for tips.

The customers love the bacon concept.

Kim is taught to check the cash register at mid-bar operation.

Bill loves the new bar and is very excited about the future.

So was the Kerry’s Sports Pub Bar Rescue episode a success? Keep reading our update to learn what happened to the bar and how it’s doing in 2022 and beyond.

Bacon Bar Update - What Happened Next?

The Bacon Bar is one of Jon Taffer’s true success stories.

Six weeks after his visit, sales were up 32%.

Justin and Lacey no longer combines their tips, and there were mostly positive reviews online.

Many regulars were happy with the changes that Bar Rescue has made.

Bacon Bar built on these early successes to create a long-lasting business.

Bill also kept Taffer’s concept and didn’t revert to the old Kerry’s Sports Pub name like a lot of other Bar Rescue owners have done.

The reviews weren’t always amazing – it has just 3.5 stars on Yelp – but they’ve definitely built a successful business out of it.

However, the owner would eventually want to retire and leave the business, which led to the bar’s closure.

Is Bacon Bar from Bar Rescue still open?

Bacon Bar closed in May 2022 because Bill Davis, the Bacon Bar owner, wanted to retire.

At that point, it had been open for almost a decade since the Bacon Bar Bar Rescue episode.

For that reason, it’s really hard to call this one a “failure”.

The bar was successfully open for a long time using Jon Taffer’s concept, even surviving the Covid-19 pandemic that took out a lot of other bars.

It only closed because the owner wanted to retire.

Overall, the Bacon Bar Bar Rescue episode still goes down as a winner – congrats to Bill Davis and Jon Taffer!

With that being said, I do still have to mark this one as closed, so it will still negatively affect Jon Taffer’s success rate.

For now, the old Bacon Bar Las Vegas location is still empty. When I know what happens to it, I will update this post accordingly.

Bar Rescue has featured a bunch of Las Vegas bars on the show. If you want to see some other Las Vegas Bar Rescue episodes from Season 3, 4, and 5, you can check out these posts:

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Last updated: 2022-06-14 05:42

7 thoughts on “Bacon Bar Bar Rescue Update (Kerry’s Sports Pub) – Open or Closed?”

  1. Glad this one worked out for the better. The grandpa really deserved it to be a success. He should have cracked down earlier on his family though.

  2. I am so sad! We never left Vegas without stopping for at least 4 or 5 orders of Man Candy to take back to California. Why oh why not try and sell the business instead of just closing? I will keep memories of Kansas City Chiefs fans coming together to watch the games back in the day. I can say the times I’ve been there, they definitely had plenty of customers to keep them busy. Where will I get Man Candy now??? No one made it like they did.

    • Yeah I was also wondering why he didn’t sell it. It seems like a really successful business so I’m sure he could’ve gotten some money for it. Or maybe it was more valuable to just sell the property – I’m not sure whether he owned the actual building or not, but that could be a reason.

  3. I feel like you need some new stat counters. Any bar that stays open for more than 7 years (since the average restaurant shuts down in 2-5) should count as a success, especially after Covid 19. Success isn’t staying open forever.

    • That’s an interesting thought. I think I’ll still keep open/closed as the main one because that’s what most people are interested in, but I could add how long the bar stayed open as an additional filter. I’ll think about the best way to do it.


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