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Season: 7 | View All Season 7 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: September 13, 2020
The Bar's Original Name Was: Armadillo Grill
Brenda's Inferno Address: 1904 E Camelback Rd Phoenix, AZ 85016
Armadillo Grill, later renamed Brenda’s Inferno, was a Phoenix, Arizona bar featured on Season 7 of Bar Rescue. Though the Brenda’s Inferno Bar Rescue episode aired in September 2020, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that. It was Season 7 Episode 16.
Located in Pheonix, AZ, Armadillo Grill is owned by Brenda Lambrecht. The bar opened in 1997.
Brenda loved working in the restaurant business so much she opened her own.
The manager, Patrick, and server Virginia say that Brenda lacks management skills.
Brenda’s family doesn’t believe in her as a manager or bar owner.
There have been two dangerous grease fires in there in the past two months.
Jon meets with Brenda’s family. Her ex-husband said the bar did not make any money for the first ten years.
The bar played a huge part in their divorce. He thinks Brenda’s father has put around $500k into the bar.
Chef Ryan Scott and mixologist Mia Mastroianni come in for the recon.
They both say the bar smells of grease.
Virginia, the server, recommends drinks that have a rubber duck in them for novelty.
The cocktail is too sweet. Jon says the glasses that the bar uses are too big.
There is even a leak in the restaurant over the table.
Brenda has no control of the situation.
The kitchen is caked in grease and bacteria.
Victor the cook, handles raw chicken with gloves, then touches the fryer.
Jon comes in and shuts the kitchen down. He shoes Brenda what happened.
The owner and the staff stay to clean the bar and kitchen.
The next day the kitchen is clean, and the smell is gone.
The staff then reveals that Brenda doesn’t manage the bar properly.
Jon thinks Patrick from the bar staff is to blame.
The drinks he made were terrible.
Jon is also shocked to find out that there was a grease fire one week before he arrived.
Mia works with Patrick and says he can make a good drink; he just has bad habits.
Victor and Jorge are doing great in the kitchen. They are very calm.
Chef Ryan says they are fantastic chefs, but they have been held back due to poor management.
Jon calls Brenda’s family together to tell them to stop enabling her.
Mia introduces a new cocktail named the Spicy Mango. It is spicy to go with the new spicy theme of the bar.
Patrick really impresses Mia with his new skills.
Jon shows Brenda and the staff the brand-new renovated kitchen.
He also has changed the name from the Armadillo Grill to Brenda’s Inferno. The name obviously comes from the owner, Brenda.
The customers are now able to pick the spice level they want their food to be.
There are also new tables, a pool table, and POS machines.
Everyone loves the new renovations.
It is time for the relaunch, and everything was a success.
The service went well.
Brenda's Inferno Update - What Happened Next?
Six weeks after the Bar Rescue visit, the customers love the new food and drinks.
Unfortunately, Brenda’s Inferno was temporarily forced to close due to the state restrictions in 2020, however they were able to reopen later on.
Unfortunately, the reopening would not last…
Is Brenda’s Inferno from Bar Rescue still open?
Brenda’s Inferno closed for good in December 2021 after 24 years in business. The bar closed because it was unable to financially recover after the on-and-off closures and other effects from the Covid-19 pandemic.
They had a liquidation sale in December as well as a number of “end of an era” type events.
You can see the posts on the Brenda’s Inferno Facebook page, which is linked below.
As of 2022, the old Brenda’s Inferno Phoenix location is still empty for now, though we imagine a new business will move in soon.
We’ll try to update this post when we know more about the new tenant.
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Last updated: 2022-01-14 10:11