(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, 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. J
on 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 2023 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.
Jon Taffer also did a Back to the Bar episode in Season 6 Episode 13, named Back to the Bar: The Power of Bacon and Beer.
You should be able to watch a clip of it here.
I can’t find anything on YouTube unfortunately.
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. I’ll share some examples of real reviews below.
Because of the bar’s unique branding, lots of YouTubers have posted videos about visiting it.
For example, here’s a 2020 video from Strange RV Tours:
However, the Bacon Bar owner would eventually want to permanently retire and leave the business, which led to the bar’s closure.
Is the Bacon Bar still open after Bar Rescue?
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 open rate.
As of 2023, the old Bacon Bar Las Vegas location is now occupied by a Mexican restaurant named Camino Real Mexican Restaurant and Cantina.
The Google Maps Street View has already updated to show the new branding – the bacon bar look is totally gone (though it does still show the coming soon sign for the new restaurant):
Bacon Bar reviews after Bar Rescue
At the time that Bacon Bar closed, it had a 3.5 star Yelp rating on over 595 reviews, which makes it one of the more popular bars in terms of review count.
Again, it was really succesful for a long time.
Here’s a sampling of reviews that were written after the visit from Jon Taffer…
4 star Yelp review from February 2022:
Been on my list to check out as I heard it was good from a few friends and had heard it was a bar rescue recipient.
Decided on the bacon wrapped onion rings and a bacon burger.
The onion rings were good.
The sauce served with it a bit spicy for me but a good accoutrement to the rings.
The bacon burger was cooked perfectly dressed well and had the hand cut fries, my favorite.
Service was good.
I’d say the prices are a bit steep but maybe that’s just the sign of the times.
Definitely worth trying for their bacon specialties.
5 star Yelp review from November 2018:
We LOVE this place.
Great atmosphere and the food is fantastic.
I’ve won a bit on the games as well.
We saw this place on Bar Rescue before moving to Vegas, so we had to try it out.
Now we are frequent guests.
2 star Yelp review from November 2017:
So we ate here tonight because my 14 y/o saw the Bar Rescue episode today, and we are in Vegas on Vacation.
The reviews I read were mixed, and so is mine.
Service fair, food fair, very few patrons, bathrooms poor, man candy yummy.
Would not return
5 star Yelp review from July 2017:
My fiancé and I have always wanted to check this place ever since we saw it on bar rescue.
Beyond happy with the food and drinks.
The service is great and we got our food super quick.
The bloody marys were amazing, 4 different kinds to choose from.
So happy we came here and can’t wait to come back!
Overall, Bacon Bar is a legitimate Bar Rescue success story, even though the bar is closed now.
It was open for nine years and using Jon Taffer’s concept the whole time.
I’m not sure why Bill didn’t pass the bar on to his family when he wanted to retire, but you can’t fault him for wanting to get out of the bar business.
It’s just a shame there wasn’t anyone to take over the Bacon Bar Las Vegas location and keep it running.
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:
- Gipsy bar update
- Garnet Lounge / Alibi Casino update
- Champagne’s Cafe update
- The Bradley / City Bar update
Or, you can check out my list of all the Las Vegas Bar Rescue episodes.
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Last updated: 2023-03-18 05:31