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Original Episode Air Date: September 11, 2011
The Bar's Original Name Was: Champs Sports Pub
Champs Sports Pub Address: 4103 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505
Champs Sports Pub was a Burbank, California bar featured on Season 1 of Bar Rescue. Though the Champs Bar Rescue episode aired in September 2011, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that. It was Episode 8 of Season 1.
Joe, a former teacher, owns Champs Sports Bar. He opened the bar in 1983, and it was the first sports bar in Burbank.
Joe is a big sports fan – hence the name of the bar and all of the branding.
At first, the restaurant was always packed and was making a monthly profit.
However, Joe eventually checked out and allowed Helen to run the finances. Helen says the bar is failing.
They have hired a younger staff to draw in a younger crowd.
Unfortunately, Champs Sports Bar is six months away from closing, which is why they so desperately need help from Jon Taffer and the Bar Rescue crew.
Burbank is an area that caters to a young crowd, which should set Champs Sports Bar up for success if they can play their cards rihgt.
The bar is only blocks away from some of the most prominent film and television studios.
Jon brings in Chef Brian Hill for recon.
The bar exterior is very dated, as you can see in the picture above.
Brian enters the bar to do the recon and see’s the bar is lined with televisions showing various sports games.
Brian asks for a beer list, but there is none.
To make matters worse, the bartenders don’t even know how to pour a proper beer.
Rachel, the bartender, recommends the burger because the kitchen can’t mess that up.
Brian is told to avoid the cheesesteak, so he orders the burger and the nachos.
The nachos are disgusting, and the burger is terrible. Brian then calls in Jon.
The bartender is still overpouring (which means lost revenue/profit for the bar), and the patties are frozen.
Jon goes into the office to meet with Joe and Helen.
The bar is struggling to make $40,000 a month.
They have been impacted by competing bars in the area.
Jon calls a staff meeting and has the staff apologize to Joe for wasting so much alcohol by overpouring.
Jon brings in two experts to help in the bar rescue. Tobin Ellis, a mixologist who has 22 years of experience. Chef Brian Hill stays to help out the bar.
Tobin says there are cleanliness issues with the bar.
All of the pour spouts are sticky, and there is a swarm of flies around the sink.
There is no way for bartenders to make proper deposits.
It’s the same story in the kitchen. The kitchen has grease dripping out onto serving papers which is a severe health hazard. The chef walks out while Brian is inspecting the grease-filled kitchen.
Helen sends out emails designating everyone’s job for the day.
But in general, there is no structure or control at the bar.
Joe has stopped attending the bar every day as he grew tired of it.
To fix the food and drinks, Chef Brian and Tobin get together to create a new menu.
Despite all of these positive changes, Joe is not showing any enthusiasm, so Gordon takes him and Helen to another sports bar to show them how Champs is supposed to be.
While that’s happening, the Bar Rescue crew works around the clock to renovate Champs Sports Bar and give it all new equipment (at no cost to the bar, as is always the case with Bar Rescue renovations).
Later on, Jon reveals the newly renovated bar. It is very welcoming with stadium seating.
Champs Sports Pub Update - What Happened Next?
So, how are things going after the Champs Bar Rescue episode aired?
Let’s find out…
Is Champs from Bar Rescue Still Open?
As of 2022, Champs Sports Bar is still open and serving customers. According to Yelp, the restaurant has average reviews, with a 3.5 star rating.
The bar’s happy hour and their sports trivia are big hits. Sports trivia is played on giant television screens.
The restaurant has an overall better atmosphere.
The food is expensive, but that is not unfamiliar to the area.
Congratulations to the entire Champs team for surviving over 10 years since the Bar Rescue episode and still going strong in 2022 and beyond!
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Last updated: 2022-01-05 05:19