(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 2 | View All Season 2 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: July 29, 2012
The Bar's Original Name Was: Bamboo Beach Tiki Bar
Bamboo Beach Club Address: 4040 Galt Ocean Dr Fort Lauderdale, FL 33310
Bamboo Beach Tiki Bar, later renamed Bamboo Beach Club, was a Fort Lauderdale, Florida bar featured on Season 2 of Bar Rescue.
Though the Bamboo Beach Club Bar Rescue episode aired in July 2012, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that.
It was Season 2 Episode 2 and the episode name was “Tiki Curse”
Located in Fort Lauderdale, the Bamboo Beach Tiki Bar is owned by Frank.
Frank bought a hotel along with the poolside bar.
Fun fact, the hotel where the bar is located would later be featured on Hotel Impossible, though that hadn’t happened at the time of the Bar Rescue episode.
He used a loophole to be one out of three beach bars in the city.
In the beginning, the bar was very successful, but decay in the building drove the profits down.
John does recon with Chef Josh Capon and mixologist Terrelle Treco.
Terrelle goes into the restaurant as a spy.
She orders a pina colada, and the bartender suggests a fried fish meal to eat.
The fried fish is rubbery, and there is blonde hair in Terrelle’s food.
Jon walks in and gives Frank feedback, but he gets defensive.
The bar floor is uneven and wet because of poor drainage.
The drinks are cloudy, and fruit flies swarm the bar.
Frank calls Jon overbearing. I guess there’s some truth to that, but Jon has to play it up for the TV cameras and he only has the bar’s best interest in his heart.
There are no covers on the sauces or food in the fridge, which is hazardous.
The staff stays to clean the bar overnight.
Jon calls the staff together for a meeting, and staff member Mia is running late.
Alyssa, the head bartender, has been there the longest.
Mia is often late and was late the day before.
Jon believes Frank keeps the girls on the payroll because they’re pretty.
I mean, it is a beach bar, so there is some advantage to that. Leave a comment if you disagree.
Mia arrives, but she is four hours late. Frank fires Mia but says she think she will be back.
Frank lays down new rules for the staff.
Chef Josh trains the staff on seafood recipes that will appear on the new menu.
Terrelle trains the bar on mixologist techniques they could apply when serving drinks.
She also teaches them some new signature drinks that will be served at the bar.
The locals all gather together for the stress test.
The bar staff can’t keep up with all of the drink and food orders coming in.
One of the staff members, Abbie, becomes so overwhelmed she runs off crying.
Barry, another team member, has a temper, and Jon tries to calm him down.
Abbie finally returns to the bar, and Jon says he is happy she came back.
Terrelle keeps working on training the staff so that they can work faster without sacrificing standards.
Abbie does well making the new drinks, so things start looking up later in the stress test.
Now, it’s time for the Bar Rescue renovations.
Here, there’s a bit of drama because Frank does not want to change the bar’s name.
The staff tries to convince him to change it and eventually gets the ok (though, spoiler alert, he wouldn’t keep the name for long).
The bar is going to need extensive work during the makeover.
Beyond the physical work, Jon renames the bar Bamboo Beach Club.
Inside, the bar is clean and bright.
There is also a new four-compartment sink in the kitchen.
The staff is very happy and more confident.
So was the Bamboo Beach Bar Rescue episode a long-term success? Keep reading our update to learn what happened next and if the bar is still open in 2023 and beyond.
Bamboo Beach Club Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Bamboo Tiki Bar Bar Rescue episode, let’s talk about what happened to the bar after Jon Taffer and his crew left Fort Lauderdale Florida.
One month after Jon Taffer’s visit, the bar is doing great!
Mia did come and ask for her job back, but she was not rehired.
Alyssa is still the bar manager and seems to be doing a great job.
So – has the bar managed to survive the decade since its Bar Rescue appearance, including the Covid-19 pandemic?
Here’s the question you’ve been dying to get answered…
Is Bamboo Beach Tiki Bar from Bar Rescue still open?
As of 2023, Bamboo Beach Tiki Bar is still open and serving customers in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
However, they have continued using their original name, rather than the new name that Jon Taffer gave the bar.
The bar is quite active on Facebook, regularly posting events and specials.
For example, Bamboo Beach is having a Halloween costume contest to celebrate Halloween 2022:
The bar’s Facebook tagline also gives you a good idea of what they’re aiming for now:
Fall in love with the biggest and funnest Tiki Bar on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Put a drink in your hand and your toes in the sand!
Reviews are solid but not amazing:
- Yelp – 3.5 stars
- TripAdvisor – 4 stars
- Facebook – 4.4 stars
- Google Reviews – 4.3 stars
Here’s a sampling of a few reviews that were written after the visit from Jon Taffer…
5 star review from November 2020:
We we’re on our honeymoon and we saw this place on bar rescue which is one of our favorite shows.
The place looks exactly the same!
It’s been almost 10 years since it aired and we were so impressed.
Jade our bartender was awesome!
We only had a couple appetizers and the crab cakes are some of the best I’ve had.
Highly recommend this place if you’re staying at the resort or in Ft Lauderdale.
4 star review from July 2022:
Saw the Transformation on “Bar Rescue”, and had to try it.
Atmosphere was Fantastic (Ocean View).
Umbrella Drinks were Good and Fairly Priced.
Staff was Friendly.
Would definitely go back.
1 star review from July 2015:
The best thing about this place is the location.
You can walk up from the beach if you like and grab a (lukewarm) draft beer.
The bartender was nice, but there is nothing extraordinary about this place.
We were seated in between two chain smokers at the bar who had a bottomless pack of cigarettes.
We were there on an evening, and the area around the bar looked like it hadn’t been swept all day.
Sadly, this bar has not maintained the “new image” created by Bar Rescue.
3 star review from June 2013:
Great view, good food and tasty drinks.
Everytime I’m in the area, I always make a point to stop by.
Originally saw this place on the TV show ‘Bar Rescue’.
It’s a relaxing and casual spot.
It does not disappoint.
Overall, the Bamboo Beach Tiki Bar Bar Rescue episode was a success given that the bar is still open more than a decade after Jon Taffer visited it.
If you want to see some other nearby South Florida Bar Rescue episodes, you can check out my updates for Ele Lounge / Heat Restaurant in Hollywood, Bonny and Read’s / Toucan’s in Hollywood, and Sandbar / Hot Rock in Coconut Grove.
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Last updated: 2023-03-06 06:42