(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 8 | View All Season 8 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: May 21, 2023
The Bar's Original Name Was: Strikers Lounge
Bullseye Sports Bar Address: 324 S Meridian Rd, Meridian, ID 83642
Strikers Lounge at Meridian Bowling Lanes, later renamed to Bullseye Sports Bar and Kitchen, was a Meridian, Idaho bar that was featured on the third set of Season 8 of Bar Rescue.
Though the Bullseye Bar Rescue episode aired in May 2023, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place in July 2022.
It was Season 8 Episode 34 and the episode name was “Spare Me Another Chance “.
In this episode, Jon Taffer heads back to Idaho to visit Strikers Lounge, a bar inside a bowling alley named Meridian Bowling Lanes.
This marks Jon Taffer’s third visit to Idaho and the second time he’s rescued a bar in a bowling alley; the other being Lucky 66 Bowl / Great 66 Entertainment Center in Albuquerque New Mexico.
The bar and bowling alley is owned by Andrew “Andy” Propst, a real estate investor.
In addition to bowling, Meridian Bowling Lanes / Strikers also has lots of high-quality dart boards, which will become relevant later in the episode.
Andy purchased Meridian Bowling Lanes / Strikers Lounge in 2017, which means he’s owned it for around 5-6 years at the time of the Strikers Bar Rescue episode.
However, the bowling alley has been in the community for over 65 years, so it has a very long history (which is part of why Andy bought it).
He invested a whopping $3 million into purchasing the bowling alley and bar, so he has a lot riding on the property.
He started his career in the property management space.
Unlike a lot of other owners from the show, Andy didn’t really have a huge desire to own a bar (or a bowling alley).
Part of this is probably because he does not (and has not ever) drink alcohol.
However, he purchased it because he wanted to create/maintain something for the community.
Obviously, this means that Andy doesn’t have any bar industry experience, which is a big part of why Strikers Lounge is struggling.
To fix this, Andy hired Roger to manage both the bar and the bowling alley.
Roger is a former Army veteran who retired in 2021 and then took on the job.
Unlike Andy, Roger loves bowling, so he’s actually interested in the space.
But while Roger is good at running the bowling alley, he’s not as good at running the bar.
Amanda, one of the bar supervisors, says that it’s kind of like the “blind leading the blind” when it comes to Andy and Roger running the bar.
Beyond issues with management experience, the Strikers bar is also very dated.
One of the employees says that it’s “stuck in the 70s”, which obviously isn’t great since we’re in 2023 at the time that the episode aired.
During the stress test, Jon Taffer got creative, using a dart to pop a balloon every time the bar made a mistake.
As part of the renovation, Jon Taffer changed the name from Striker’s Lounge to Bullseye Sports Bar and Kitchen.
The bar already had a lot of dart boards, so the Bullseye name connects well with that.
So was the Strikers Lounge Bar Rescue episode a long-term success?
Keep reading to learn what happened next and if this Meridian Idaho bar is still open in 2023.
Bullseye Sports Bar Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Bullseye Bar Rescue episode, let’s talk about what happened to the bar after Jon Taffer and his crew left Meridian, Idaho.
So far, Andy seems to have fully kept the name and concept from Jon Taffer, which is great to see.
After Jon Taffer’s visit, Andy put out a statement about the bar’s Bar Rescue experience:
Changing up Strikers was a hard decision.
65 years the bowling alley has been part of this community.
The job that ‘Bar Rescue’ did, keeping history and nostalgia with the retro vibe, yet making it a standalone destination for locals looking for well-priced drinks and top-notch food.
I couldn’t be happier how it turned out.
Bullseye is right on target!
At the time that the episode aired on TV, Bullseye hosted a watch party to celebrate the event.
As I’ve mentioned in other updates, bars usually only host watch parties if they were generally happy with their experience on the show.
Andy also posted about the episode on his personal Facebook page.
In the comments of that post, someone asked him if he got to meet Jon Taffer and what Jon Taffer’s personality is like.
Andy seemed to have only positive things to say:
Spent 2 days with him.
He was super nice.
He loves what he does and he cares a bunch.
Given that the bar is hosting a watch party for the Bullseye Sports Bar Rescue episode, you can probably guess the answer to the next question…
Is Bullseye Sports Bar still open after Bar Rescue?
As of 2023, Bullseye Sports Bar and Kitchen is still open and serving customers at Meridian Bowling Lanes in Meridian Idaho.
The bar has kept the new name from Jon Taffer and is still using the Bullseye Sports Bar concept from the show.
Andy is still the owner and Roger is still managing the bar, so everyone from the show seems to still be involved.
Bullseye is active on its Facebook page and seems to regularly have specials and events.
One of these events seems to be regular dart tournaments.
For example, here’s a post about a dart tournament from May 2023.
The bar is also actively hiring, which seems to be a good sign that business is good.
Here’s a Facebook post from March 2023 where Bullseye Sports Bar is hiring bar managers and servers.
You can also see that Roger is still involved in the bar.
Here’s what the Bullseye Sports Bar Meridian Idaho location looks like in the most recent picture from Google Maps street view (October 2022).
If you move around, you can also see the bowling alley.
Bullseye Sports Bar reviews after Bar Rescue
Next, let’s look at some Bullseye Sports Bar reviews from after the episode.
While there is a Bullseye Sports Bar Yelp page, there haven’t been any reviews written yet.
Instead, I had to look at Google, where it’s still listed as Strikers Bar. This is just an oversight, though – the bar is still using the Bullseye name from Jon Taffer, as I mentioned above.
Overall, reviews from after the Strikers Jon Taffer visit seem to generally be positive.
Here’s a sampling of a few reviews that were written after Jon’s visit…
4 star Google review from January 2023:
Very quiet, chill place to play darts and get strong inexpensive drinks.
5 star Google review from August 2022:
Had a great time there.
And Bar Rescue came down ,and Jon Taffer put his flair on it, and looks great
5 star Google review from January 2023:
Fun quieter atmosphere for a weekend night
There is one negative review from someone who seems to be unhappy with the changes, though.
1 star Google review from May 2023:
Used to be my favorite place, not anymore…..
Final thoughts on Bullseye Sports Bar
Overall, the Strikers Bar Rescue visit seems to have been a success so far.
The bar is still open and using Jon Taffer’s Bullseye Sports Bar and Kitchen concept.
They’re also regularly hosting events and seem to be hiring, as well.
While I wasn’t able to find a lot of customer reviews, the reviews that do exist seem to generally be positive.
I hope that Andy and his team can continue their success so that Meridian Bowling Lanes and Bullseye Sports Bar stay open for the Meridian, Idaho community.
That wraps up my Bullseye Bar Rescue update.
If you want to see another bowling alley Bar Rescue episode, you can check out my update for Lucky 66 Bowl / Great 66 Entertainment Center in Albuquerque NM.
If you want to see some other Idaho Bar Rescue episodes, you can check out my updates for The Hideaway in Meridian (which Jon Taffer walked out of), Country Barn / Corner Cafe in Horseshoe Bend, and Dave’s Firehouse / Firehouse Sports Pub in Nampa.
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Last updated: 2023-06-03 01:50