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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 Episode 9 of Season 1.
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 horseshow-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. She leaves before she punches him.
Jon 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…
Canyon Saloon Update - What Happened Next?
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.
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 2.5 star rating on its Yelp page.
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.
Is The Canyon Inn / Saloon still open?
As of 2022, The Canyon Inn in Yorba Linda, California is still open and receiving customers. 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.
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Last updated: 2022-01-05 05:22