(keep reading to learn what happened)
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Original Episode Air Date: December 8, 2013
The Bar's Original Name Was: Longshots Sports Bar
Badlands Country Nightclub Address: 112 SW Old US 40 Grain Valley, MO 64029
Longshots Sports Bar, later renamed Badlands Country Nightclub, was a Grain Valley, Missouri bar that was featured on Season 3 of Bar Rescue.
Though the Badlands Bar Rescue episode aired in December 2013, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that.
It was Season 3 Episode 29 and the episode name was “Brawlin’ Babes”.
Note – if you’re looking for the update for the Las Vegas gay bar that was featured on Season 8 of Bar Rescue, check out our separate Badlands Saloon Las Vegas update.
Longshots Sports Bar is located in Grain Valley, Missouri.
Grain City is a small city with a population of just around 12,000 people.
However, it’s located just outside Kansas City, MO to the east, so there’s the potential to attract people from the city.
The owner is Mark Wilson.
Since he had prior restaurant experience, he thought he could turn around the failing bar.
The Bar Rescue producers kind of understate is experience, as he actually owns a few other bars in the area.
The bartenders were all attractive women at first to bring in crowds.
The fighting between staff members caused the patrons to visit the only other bar in town, Whiskey Tango.
These types of issues are why the Longshots Bar Rescue episode exists.
Elayne Duff joins Jon Taffer to help save the bar, and they both agree that the bar looks boring.
The bar is too large and has no TVs to show sports, which is odd for a bar that’s supposedly a sports bar.
Jesse and Keller, the bartenders, are introduced, as is Taylor, the server.
Jon and Elayne watch footage of Taylor and Keller fighting previously while on the clock.
After that incident, Elayne is surprised to see that the two still have their jobs.
A hypnotist then gets on stage to perform.
Jon Taffer enters the bar and stops the show.
Jon sits down with Mark, who tells him Keller is the most popular staff member.
Keller and Jesse used to date, but now Jesse is dating Taylor. Is this a bar or a reality TV dating show? C’mon!
Jon leaves to get a reaction from Mark.
Mark believes Jon has left and will not help him and asks the staff what they did to drive Jon away.
Jon returns the next day, which is a relief for Mark.
Mark refuses to do anything significant with advertising as he doesn’t believe it will work.
Taylor is told to stop messing around with the staff.
The girls, Keller and Taylor, are shown their video and apologize.
Brandy Starr, a hospitality expert, joins Elayne Duffy to recon the bar.
The alcohol is not stored correctly, and the sanitation practices aren’t up to code.
Brandy shows the staff how to talk to customers, and Elayne helps them learn how to prep drinks.
The stress test starts poorly. The customers are waiting too long for drinks that aren’t made well.
The customers start leaving to go to Whiskey Tango.
Jesse does excellent, but Mark becomes overwhelmed. Taylor wants to cry.
The following day Taylor doesn’t show up to work and doesn’t call in for her shift, so she is fired over the phone.
Jon says the theme will be changed to a country nightclub since country music is the most popular music played at the bar.
Elayne shows the bartender new signature drinks.
Jon uses the website Angie’s List to hire local contractors for the renovations.
As part of the changes, the bar is renamed from Longshots Sports Bar to Badlands Country Nightclub.
The inside had a more contemporary feel. There is also new lighting.
Let’s move to the relaunch night…
At first, things are going well, but soon customers are waiting almost ten minutes for a drink.
Mark steps up as a leader and helps out where he is needed. Jesse is very confident.
They had over three hundred customers join them.
So was the Longshots Sports Bar Rescue episode a long-term success?
Keep reading to learn what happened next and if this Missouri bar is still open in 2023.
Badlands Country Nightclub Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Badlands Bar Rescue visit, let’s talk about what happened to this bar after Jon Taffer and his crew left Grain Valley, MO.
Things seemed to start off well.
At the normal six-week Bar Rescue check-in, we learn that sales at Badlands Country Nightclub were up by 30%.
However, this one never really got off the ground…
Is Badlands from Bar Rescue still open?
Badlands Country Nightclub closed shortly after filming the Badlands Bar Rescue episode.
The bar closed so that the owner could focus on running his other bars in the area.
If you look at the Badlands Country Nightclub Facebook page, you’ll see that it’s mainly used to promote the owner’s other bars, such as the Vertigo Sports Bar:
Overall, that makes this a pretty anticlimactic update.
Fun note – Mark Wilson, the Longshots owner, actually made another appearance on Bar Rescue in Season 6 when Jon Taffer visited Mark’s other bar, Edge of Town.
Check that out in our Edge of Town / Water’s Edge update.
For a time, the old Badlands Grain Valley, MO location was occupied by a new bar called CW’s Saloon.
However, that bar is also closed as of 2023.
As far as I can tell, the location isn’t currently occupied by any bar or business.
If you want to see some other Missouri Bar Rescue episodes that have more interesting updates, you can check out these posts:
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Last updated: 2023-03-11 06:44