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Original Episode Air Date: September 18, 2011
The Bar's Original Name Was: The Canyon Inn
Canyon Saloon Address: 6821 Fairlynn Blvd, Yorba Linda, CA 92886
The Canyon Inn, later renamed Canyon Saloon, was a Yorba Linda, California bar featured on Season 1 of Bar Rescue.
Though the Canyon Inn Bar Rescue episode aired in September 2011, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that.
It was Season 1 Episode 9 and the episode name was “Bar Fight”.
In this episode, Jon Taffer and the Bar Rescue crew visit The Canyon Inn in Yorba Linda, CA, which is owned by New Yorker and former minor league baseball player Pauly Ambrus.
He bought the bar in 2004.
Johnny, the general manager, says Pauly is a New York thug and an alpha male.
The bar was successful at first, but then Pauly refused to upgrade the bar to keep up with the competition, so business dwindled.
Pauly won’t take Johnny’s advice.
He keeps telling Pauly the customers want something more modern, but Pauly won’t make the upgrades.
Pauly is also reluctant to run specials and deals.
To make matters worse, the regular customers at the Canyon Inn make newcomers uncomfortable.
It definitely has a very “clique’ish” feel to the bar.
Yorba Linda is a very affluent area, so the bar should be able to do very well if it can improve the atmosphere.
Jon’s wife Nicole is with him in the SUV as they stake out the bar.
Yelp reviews of the bar say that customers feel uneasy due to the clientele.
Nicole does recon and notices the bar has two pool tables that can be moved out of the way to create a dance floor.
The bar is horseshoe-shaped.
Nicole orders a Stella Artois and a round of shots for the bar.
Nicole sees that the bar uses disposable plastic cups for shots and notes that it is highly dangerous to do that.
Nicole asks for a cup of soup but is told by the bar staff that the soup is not good.
A male customer continually harasses Nicole and asks her to kiss him, which is obviously a bit awkward.
Nicole Taffer leaves before she punches him.
Once she’s back outside, Jon Taffer apologizes to his wife for what happened while in the bar.
Pauly tells Jon he had no idea about the issue or would’ve taken care of it.
Jon informs Pauly that Pauly is one of the most challenging people Jon has ever worked with.
He then gathers the staff for a meeting.
Jon says he might have to apply a whole new theme and concept to the bar.
They also need a name change.
Pauly gets defensive and tells Jon he can be like him and rescue bars too.
Pauly also doesn’t want Jon to change the name of the bar.
Jon brings in expert bartender Michael Tipps and Chef Eric Greenspan to help in the bar and kitchen.
The expert chef finds frozen food and canned soups in the kitchen.
As has been the trend, Pauly refuses to accept responsibility for the bar’s poor state.
While that’s going on in the kitchen, Michael has the bar staff make basic drinks to assess their skills.
Jon has the staff hit the soup cans with baseball bats.
Pauly says any changes that Jon makes, and he will tear down.
Most bars are happy to get the renovations and equipment from Bar Rescue at no cost, so it’s really odd that Pauly is so against improving the bar.
Training begins, and the liquor bottle now has proper pour spouts.
This practice will help the bartenders decrease over pouring.
By eliminating over pouring, they can reduce wastage and therefore make the bar more profitable.
The staff loves the new items and changes that Jon has made.
Jon did change the bar’s name to Canyon Saloon Spirits and Steaks.
Pauly hates the new name but loves the interior, even though he was so against changing anything earlier in the Canyon Inn Bar Rescue episode.
So – how did things work out for the newly named Canyon Saloon after the episode aired?
Let’s find out what happened next and if the Canyon Inn Yorba Linda bar is still open in 2024 and beyond…
Canyon Saloon Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Canyon Inn Bar Rescue episode, let’s talk about what happened to the bar after Jon Taffer and his crew left Yorba Linda, CA.
First off, the bar wasn’t named Canyon Saloon for very long.
Around two months after the episode aired, Pauly decided to ditch the new name from Jon Taffer and change the name to Canyon Inn Sports and Grill.
I really don’t get it – it’s not an inn! It’s confusing to have inn in the name when it’s a bar.
But what do I (and Jon Taffer) know I guess…
Overall, the reviews have been mixed since Bar Rescue.
People seem to love the low drink prices and the regular music acts, but there are also a lot of negative reviews about the food.
Put the good and the bar together, and The Canyon Inn only has about a 3 star rating on its Yelp page (which is up from 2.5 stars when I originally wrote this update).
A lot of people are also confused about the name because The Canyon Inn isn’t actually an inn and there are no rooms for rent.
I gotta be honest – the name that Jon Taffer chose makes a lot more sense for a bar.
Here’s a sampling of a few reviews that were written after the visit from Jon Taffer…
5 star Yelp review from November 2013:
I love this place.
Pauly the owner is fantastic and I always take time to stop by in the afternoon when I am in the area.
They keep their taps and bar super duper clean.
Which though most people dont notice it, for me its a huge deal (no fruit flies!!)
Yes I did come here after watching them on Bar Rescue breath of fresh air for someone who wants a beer, a good conversation, and to just relax at the end of the day.
The atmosphere isn’t overbearing.
Pauly knows how to run his bar.
Who cares about changing his name back to Canyon Inn.
Bar Rescue helped a bar in Redondo Beach called Breakwall.
They closed their doors beginning of this year. Pauly is the shit and his bar rocks.
This is one of my two go-to bars in this city.
Good time have always been had here, never any issues with patrons or the staff of any kind.
This is an old fashioned bar, where people go to have a beer and a good steak.
3 star Yelp review from September 2020:
After seeing Canyon Inn on Bar Rescue many years ago, I was excited when a group of us decided to support a friend playing there on a Friday.
I could have rated the place two stars, but decided on three since the owner was actually super friendly and I could quickly get a drink on a busy night when I went to the bar.
The biggest negative was the food. Everyone in my group complained about the food.
Dry, overlooked, undercooked, gross, wrong item…I heard many reasons.
In addition to the food, I just wasn’t a big fan of the place and we had trouble getting service at our table.
Would definitely go again if our friend was playing, but no other reason to drive/uber there.
2 star Yelp review from February 2015:
First time here and have always wanted to check this place out due to Bar Rescue.
The place is a dive to say the least, but charges you pub charge on premium spirits.
The was no service, even going to the bar you had to wait forever for someone to serve you.
Granted it was a busy night due to UFC fight, but the most of the crowd was on the way out.
I wish they would at least wipe things down.
Bar was soaked and when the owner just throws the cash at you right in the puddle of whatever.
It for sure isnt going to stay there or go into my wallet.
Restroom was nasty as some poor sap couldn’t hold his dinner and puked in the urinal.
The highlight was the band.
A cover band playing mainly 80’s rock was pretty spot on and the sound was pretty good for such a small place.
Here’s a review from someone who visited both before and after the Bar Rescue episode, which is nice to see the changes:
Some of the negative Canyon Inn reviews seem to be from people who just watched the Bar Rescue episode but didn’t actually go to the bar, so it’s a bit hard to separate the real reviews from the fake one.
Is The Canyon Inn / Saloon still open?
As of 2023, The Canyon Inn in Yorba Linda, California is still open and receiving customers.
It’s doing so under the name Canyon Inn Sports Bar and Grill.
The bar is quite active on its Facebook page, regularly posting events and specials.
Canyon Inn still has live music, as well as lots of sports specials and bar staple events like karaoke.
If you want to see the menu or make a visit, you can go to the official Canyon Inn Sports Bar and Grill website to learn more about the bar and see a menu.
Here’s a picture of the Canyon Inn menu to give you an idea of the prices – it seems fairly affordable:
I also checked out what the Canyon Inn Yorba Linda location looks like now.
Below, you can see the most recent Google Maps street view image for the bar.
The full sign now reads – Canyon Inn Sports Bar & Grill:
Final thoughts on Canyon Inn
Overall, despite not sticking with the Canyon Saloon name that Jon Taffer gave the bar, Canyon Inn seems to be a real Bar Rescue success story.
Featured all the way back on Season 1, the bar is still open and thriving more than a decade later, which is more than you can say for a lot of the other bars on the show.
In fact, Canyon Inn is one of the longest-lasting bars from the show.
The only other bar from Season 1 that’s still open is Champs Sports Pub in Burbank CA.
While the episode did generate some strong feelings about the owners, it’s great to see a bar survive for this longer after the visit from Jon Taffer.
If you want to see some other nearby California Bar Rescue episodes, you can check out my updates for The Olive Pit / OP in Orange, Second Base / Extremes in Orange, and Rack’s Billiards / Angel’s Sports Bar in Corona.
You can also check out my post that lists all 48+ California Bar Rescue episodes, along with status updates for each bar.
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Last updated: 2023-03-22 07:13