(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 4 | View All Season 4 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: August 16, 2015
The Bar's Original Name Was: Pro's Sports Bar
BR Steak Address: 18601 Cicero Ave Country Club Hills, IL 60478
Pro’s Sports Bar, later renamed to BR Steak, was a Country Club Hills, Illinois bar that was featured on Season 3 of Bar Rescue.
Though the BR Steak Bar Rescue episode aired in August 2015, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place around four months before that in May.
It was Season 4 Episode 29 and the episode name was “Too Many Managers, Not Enough Man”.
In this episode, Jon Taffer visit’s Pro’s Sports Bar in Country Club Hills, IL.
This fancily named area is in the suburbs of Chicago, located to the south of the city.
Around 2007, Tharon Bradley took a decision to switch his career.
After being a railroad worker for two decades he wanted to have his own bar.
He put all of his savings and opened Pro’s Sports Bar in Illinois.
The bar was a huge success for the first three months but then Tharon couldn’t handle the pressure.
He even had to be hospitalized for some time which meant he couldn’t oversee the daily operations of the bar.
To counter this problem, he hired five managers to handle the bar efficiently but upon his return, he found out some shocking truth.
The managers were not handling anything at all and most of all they were not giving Bradley any respect.
The bar was in millions of debt and then Tharon had no choice but to ask for help from Jon Taffer and his team.
Jon’s spies went into the bar noticing that outside of it resembles a hardware store.
Soon they ordered Pro’s Punch and fried catfish.
The food was just microwaved instead of fried and its inside was raw.
While they were eating they also noticed a bartender was arguing with a customer.
Jon Taffer brought Mixologist Lisamarie Joyce and expert chef Tiffany Derry with him to solve the Pro’s Sports Bar crisis.
Upon inspection they found out the soda gun was filled with filthy cockroach feces and the fridge only had expired food in stock.
All of this information came as a shock to managers who were totally clueless about everything.
You’d think with five managers at least one of them might have noticed something…
In the stress test, Taffer told Bradley to just watch.
He asked managers to each perform their duties individually.
Performance-wise, Bobby emerged as the most impressive while Nina only showed an unnecessary attitude.
Due to her attitude, Bradley fired her and she went out cursing him.
The next day Irma also misbehaved with Jon after disrespecting Bradley.
He also fired her on the spot.
After all the firing, Jon Taffer shows Bradley his plan of turning his sports bar into a steak house that will have a complementary cocktail program.
Joyce taught the bartenders some easy-to-make cocktails like Cicero Sidecar and the PNPL.
After the complete renovation, the bar was converted into BR Steak Bar & Steakhouse.
The significance behind BR lies in the name of the owner Bradley but the staff also thought it could be an abbreviation for Bar Rescue.
So was the Pro’s Sports Bar Rescue episode a success? Keep reading our update to learn what happened next…
BR Steak Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the BR Steak Bar Rescue episode, let’s talk about what happened after Jon Taffer and his crew left the country club and rolled down from Country Club Hills, Illinois.
Things seemed to start off well for the newly named BR Steak.
At the normal six-week check-in with the Bar Rescue producers, we learn that sales at the bar have increased by 20%.
Bradley is also doing a better job of giving his staff room to work without being overbearing.
Is BR Steak from Bar Rescue still open?
As of 2023, BR Steak is still open and serving customers in Country Club Hills, IL.
It still uses the BR Steak name that Jon Taffer gave it, though it also calls itself BR Bar on some social platforms.
It seems that BR Steak refers specifically to the restaurant portion of the business, while BR Bar obviously refers to the bar and nightlife part.
Here’s how the owners describe the restaurant:
BR Bar is more than just your average restaurant: We’re your nightlife destination.
We use quality ingredients to serve all your favorites like steak, chicken, and tasty appetizers.
With a full bar, you can enjoy your favorite traditional drink or try something new, like one of our signature cocktails.
Once the clock strikes 9 PM, we’re here to show you that the turn up is real!
Depending on the night, we’ve got everything from all-you-can-eat crab legs to karaoke.
Stop by for some live music and a round of slot machines, or book your next party with us.
We’ll keep you dining, drinking, and dancing all night.
Here’s what the BR Bar Country Club Hills location looks like in the most recent Google Maps street view picture:
However, the bar seems to have stopped posting on its social profiles as of 2020, so I hope they’re still doing ok.
I am confident the bar is still open, though, as it still receives plenty of new reviews.
Speaking of reviews, let’s look at some of the customer reviews that were written after the BR Steak Bar Rescue visit happened…
BR Steak Reviews After Bar Rescue
Reviews for BR Steak are generally mixed. Overall, it has a 2.5 star rating on Yelp and a 3.8 star rating on Google Reviews, which aren’t great numbers if I’m being honest.
There are plenty of positive reviews, but negative reviews seem to focus on weird policies, poor service, and/or a high cover charge (it seems to be $20 at the door to get in for the nightlife).
Let’s take a look at both the good and the bad…
I’ll start with some recent positive reviews and then share some of the negative reviews.
4 star Yelp review from December 2021:
Visiting out of town and looking for good food in the area.
BR Bar is a hidden gem.
The food was excellent.
Salmon salad was perfectly blackened over fresh broad salad.
Another salmon dinner was equally well prepared with excellent mashed potatoes.
All four dishes were impressive.
Staff was pleasant and kind.
Good service although the server could have been more versed in drinks and menu.
Physical dishes were beautiful but the plastic glasses seemed out of place.
We will visit again on our next visit to the area. Hoping they continue to grow.
5 star Google review from April 2022:
Had my wife’s birthday party their last night.
The food was great,and the drinks were even better.
One of the best DJay I heard in a very long time. Very professional customer service.
As the night progressed the Atmosphere just kept getting better and better.
Br bar is a hit will definitely be back very soon made my wife’s night she had a blast. Congrats Mr Br👏
This black owned business is black Excellence.
5 star Google review from December 2021:
It was my first time visiting and it was a great experience.
The atmosphere was very nice and the owner was friendly.
5 star Google review from October 2021:
Food is soooo good especially the ribeye steak dinner.
Now, let’s look at some of the negative reviews that were written about BR Steak after Jon Taffer’s visit.
1 star Yelp review from March 2022:
If I could write zero reviews I would!
I arrived at this establishment at 8:30PM paid my money to get in.
Bought drinks around 9:30PM I was greeted by security stating I was banned with no proper explanation.
I am a registered nurse and hold myself to a high standard so I know it could not have been for disorderly conduct.
Please protect your hard earned money and never go to this establishment.
1 star Yelp review from January 2022:
Ridiculous that you have to be 22+as a women and 25+ as a man to eat here.
Doesn’t make any sense.
Must be the reason why they’re empty on a Friday night.
This does seem like a really weird policy, right?
1 star Yelp review from December 2021:
Worst experience at a bar by far.
Service is ridiculously slow even when the bar/lounge area is not packed.
The servers do not come to check on guests to assist but walk on by.
It took 3 hours to get my food and no manager in sight.
I had to flash down someone from the kitchen to cook my meal fresh.
I’ll tell all my ppl to take business elsewhere
1 star review from November 2021:
Was kicked out of the restaurant because I was wearing crocs.
Last time I came my Long Island went from a 12 ounce cup to a 6 ounce cup with 3 ounces of ice. Impossible to make a Long Island in a 6 ounce Dixie.
I’m wandering if this place even have a license to charge $20 parking and entry fee.
This is the only restaurant that has 8 security searching for weapons in the area.
Makes you wonder about the clientele.
This place needs a lot of work.
Health inspector coming soon…..
1 star review from January 2021:
I am a fan of black business. I also don’t want to feel like a stranger when I walk into a place.
I came to eat (the food was ok) and I ordered 2 $10 drinks.
I was approached by security after I ordered to “inform” me that I owed a $10 cover charge because i chose to eat at the bar.
My bill was over $75 . . . I am not a deadbeat, but that is EXACTLY how they treated me on my visit.
I hope that $10 cover charge was worth it, because I live around the corner from there and I could have easily spent over $2000 in 2021 as well as recommended this place to friends, if not for being made to feel like a deadbeat. Unacceptable.
As you can see, a lot of people complain about being kicked out/denied entry for annoying reasons. People also don’t like the cover charge and how it’s enforced.
With that being said, the guy who was wearing crocs to a bar doesn’t have a lot of room to complain haha.
Despite that, BR Steak seems to still be doing fine seven years after Jon Taffer’s visit.
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Last updated: 2023-02-22 06:24