Bungalow Bar – Bar Rescue Update – Rockaway, NY – Open or Closed?

Is Bungalow Bar still open in 2023?

Status: >> OPEN <<
(keep reading to learn what happened)

Season: 3 | View All Season 3 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: October 27, 2013
The Bar's Original Name Was: Bungalow Bar
Bungalow Bar Address: 377 Beach 92nd St Rockaway Beach, NY 11693

Bungalow Bar - Bar Rescue Update

Episode Recap

Bungalow Bar was a Rockaway Beach, New York bar that was featured on Season 3 of Bar Rescue. Though the Bungalow Bar Bar Rescue episode aired in October 2013, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that.

It was Season 3 Episode 24 and the episode name was “Hurricane Jon vs. Hurricane Sandy” .

Jon visits the Bungalow Bar, located in Rockaway Beach, New York. It’s located literally right on Rockaway Beach and near the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge, which leads to some pretty nice sunset pictures.

The bar has been open for over thirty years.

The bar is owned by Dee and Terrance Tubridy, who took it over from their dad.

They have brought in childhood friends Sean, Martin, and Ryan to help with the bar.

Despite the long friendship, the group argues a lot. 

The bar is located very close to the beach, and they were making over $100k per week at first. So business was definitely good.

Sadly, the bar was ravaged by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. This is why the Bungalow Bar Bar Rescue episode exists and why the episode name is “Hurricane Jon vs. Hurricane Sandy”.

They have spent a lot of money trying to reopen the bar. Due to the damage caused by the storm, the bar was forced to remain closed for a long time. 

To stay open, they need to open their doors before Memorial Day. 

This is a pretty unique situation as most of the bars on Bar Rescue are failures.

Bungalow Bar, however, was a successful bar – it just got in the way of a natural disaster.

Sal Ferro, a construction expert, joins Jon to help rescue Bungalow Bar.

They explore the area surrounding the bar.

Jon watches footage of the owners arguing and goes in to meet them.

The draft beer system is destroyed, the back deck is gone, and the walk-in fridge is gone. 

The damage was so severe in the kitchen that nothing was usable.

The appliances were underwater for several days, and it began to rust and rot.

Jon wants to go beyond just fixing things, though – he also wants to improve Bungalow Bar.

As part of this, Jon mentions the need for signature cups to boost their sales.

However, the first night in the bar is spent deep cleaning. 

Jon meets the owners the following day and tells them about his plans for the bar.

The owners do not like Jon’s ideas, but eventually, they come together and decide on a concept.

The staff who were left unemployed due to the storm is called back.

Chef Nick Liberato and mixologist Elayne Duffy, and Peter O’Connor come in to help The Bungalow Bar. 

They move the stress test to a Manhattan bar since The Bungalow Bar is still renovating.

The owners are given different responsibilities at the bar.

Ryan is making the drinks, but he is very slow.

Customers wait almost twenty minutes for one drink.

The stress test wasn’t a success because many of the staff were not used to working since they had been laid off since the storm. 

The next day three new drinks are introduced and a new menu with improved fish tacos.

They miss the deadline to finish the bar because of heavy rainfall. Jon helps the construction team. 

The next day the bar is revealed with a slight name change, The Bungalow Bar and Restaurant, to show they also offer food. It’s pretty much the same as before – they just added the “restaurant part”.

The bar kept its nautical theme. They have been given new kitchen equipment, a POS system, and a unique signature light-up cup like the one from Spirits on Bourbon, a New Orleans bar that Jon Taffer rescued in the first episode of Season 3.

The bar is packed with customers during the relaunch. The new cups and food are a hit with the customers. Jon is thrilled with the rescue and feels like the bar will succeed. 

Bungalow Bar Update - What Happened Next?

So – was the Bungalow Bar Bar Rescue episode a success? Was Jon Taffer able to defeat the wreckage of Hurricane Sandy? Let’s talk about what happened after he left the building.

A month after, Bungalow Bar was not just open, but seeing a 20% increase in sales from even before Hurricane Sandy.

So far, that good run has shown no signs of slowing down.

Is Bungalow Bar from Bar Rescue still open?

As of 2022, Bungalow Bar is still open and serving customers in Rockaway Beach, New York. Reviews are generally positive, with excellent ratings on Yelp, Facebook, Google Reviews, and other platforms.

People praise the bar’s location and views, as well as the quality of the food and beer list.

Reviewers also generally seem to praise Bungalow Bar’s service. It seems like an all-around great place.

If you want to make a visit or view the Bungalow Bar menu, you can head to the official Bungalow Bar website to learn more.

Overall, Bungalow Bar seems to be set up for long-term success, which means it will help Jon Taffer’s Bar Rescue success rate.

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Last updated: 2022-01-27 05:10

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  1. I’ve been there several times and have to say the food and the drinks are always on point. Occasionally the service could be a little slow, but that’s usually only when they are extremely busy. Can’t go wrong heading here.


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