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Original Episode Air Date: August 19, 2018
The Bar's Original Name Was: Britestar Tavern
Britestar Tavern Address: 731 W Rte 66 Glendora, CA 91740
Britestar Tavern was a Glendora, California bar featured on Season 6 of Bar Rescue. Though the Britestar Tavern Bar Rescue episode aired in August 2018, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that. It was Episode 23 of Season 6.
Located in Glendora, CA, owner Jim Reed bought Britestar Tavern in 2013, which is about five years before the bar appeared on Bar Rescue.
At Britestar Tavern, they only serve beer, which obviously limits potential sales without liquor.
The bar is located along historic Route 66 and opened all the way back in 1965. It’s just a little bit outside Los Angeles.
The owner kept the name and changed little else.
Jim bought the bar because he visited the Britestar Tavern has a young man.
He had opened a bar prior to purchasing the Britestar Tavern and concentrated on that one. He started holding open mic nights, but that just drove away patrons.
Now, Britestar Tavern has faulty beer taps and is $500,000 dollars in debt. A beer-only bar with bad beer taps? That’s not a good sign!
Jon brings in master mixologist Shawn Ford to help get things back on track.
Beyond the massive debt, Britestar Tavern is now losing over $70,000 pear year, so Jim desperately needs the Britestar Tavern Bar Rescue episode to be a success if it’s going to survive.
When Jon starts the rescue, Jim is at the bar with his fiancé. Chris is the bartender, and Kristen is the server.
Jon sends in two local brewers as spies.
There is an open mic night happening but no beer list.
There is also a gross residue in the glasses.
Jon thinks the open mic night is a bad promotion, and it doesn’t bring in any customers.
To make matters worse, the tap breaks and sprays beer everywhere.
Kristen, the server, performs at the open mic night, but she is terrible.
Jim pours a foamy beer and admits to Jon he drinks bottled beer at his bar because it tastes better. Again, this is super weird when you consider that the bar only sells beer. You’d think they would have the beer nailed.
Jon tells Jim to clean out the tap and prove he is not lazy anymore.
He takes the feedback seriously and gets to work.
Jon says the open mic night isn’t making any sales, which does seem to be the case.
Shawn shows the staff that the bar tap was at the wrong pressure, which is part of the reason the beer tasted so bad.
Shawn calls out Jim for using old-fashioned goblets to serve beer.
During the stress test, only eight taps are working.
The Brewed Bloody, a bloody mary drink with beer, is a hit during the stress test.
Shawn has to dump multiple pitchers of beer because of too much foam.
Jim keeps overfilling drinks, and Chris is not friendly to any customers.
Jon even says that Chris’s attitude is bringing the bar downhill.
The bar brings in $700 during the test, making it the best night since Jim bought it.
Jon Taffer then takes the staff to a local brewing company while remodeling the bar.
Jon wants the team to learn about beer and sell and upsell it.
However, Chris is a no-show at the brewery.
Jon and Jim meet to discuss the bar, and Jim decides to fire Chris.
Lisa is the bartender who replaces Chris.
After the Bar Rescue renovation, the front of the bar looks modern.
There is a new electric sign, but Jon decided to keep the original Britestar Tavern name because the bar has so much history.
It looks retro but doesn’t feel retro. Tvs have been added, and the beer system has been replaced.
Food trucks are set up in the parking lot. Jon helped to keep the bar’s history and thinks it has a ‘bright’ future.
Britestar Tavern Update - What Happened Next?
So – was the Britestar Tavern Bar Rescue episode a success? Let’s talk about what happened after the cameras stopped filming.
Six weeks after the Bar Rescue visit, Britestar Tavern’s sales are up by 30%, which is a huge improvement.
Jim spends more time at the bar, and Kristen is now a manager.
Is Britestar Tavern from Bar Rescue still open?
As of 2022, Britestar Tavern is still open and serving customers in Glendora, California. Recent reviews of the bar seem excellent, as it has 4.5 star ratings on both Yelp and Google Reviews.
Customers praise the environment and service, as well as the affordable drinks and food.
Overall, the Britestar Tavern Bar Rescue seems like a complete success so far.
Congratulations to the Britestar Tavern owners and Jon and the Bar Rescue team!
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Last updated: 2022-01-14 09:54