(keep reading to learn what happened)
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Original Episode Air Date: April 7, 2013
The Bar's Original Name Was: Kid Chilleen's Badass BBQ
Chilleen's On 17 Address: 33150 S Coldwater Rd Black Canyon City, AZ 85324
Kid Chilleen’s Badass BBQ, later renamed Chilleen’s On 17, was a Black Canyon City, Arizona bar that was featured on Season 3 of Bar Rescue.
Though the Chilleen’s On 17 Bar Rescue episode aired in April 2013, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that.
It was Season 3 Episode 9 and the episode name was “A Horse Walks Into a Bar”.
Kid Chilleen’s Badass BBQ is located in Black Canyon City, Arizona.
Black Canyon City is a small town with a population of under 3,000.
However, it’s not too far North of Phoenix in the Black Canyon Heritage Park, so it gets lots of tourists and visitors.
Husband and wife Scott and Donna Chilleen own the bar.
Scott and Donna both drink and party at the bar and leave their daughter Aleah in charge of things.
Mixologist Russell Davis joins Jon Taffer in helping the bar.
The spy goes in but is uncomfortable with the party atmosphere.
The owners hand out free shots to the customers.
The spy orders a BBQ chicken dish, and more of the staff begins drinking with the owners.
The spy hates the taste of the meal and says there was too much sauce.
The owners are drunk and talk over their daughter Aleah when Jon comes in.
Aleah informs Jon that they have filed for bankruptcy, so the financial situation is pretty desperate.
Jon tells Scott and Donna not to have another drink while he is there.
The next day Jon meets with staff.
Donna doesn’t even remember meeting Jon the day before, and the bartender Yumyum is not at work.
BBQ expert JB Brown comes in to help rescue the bar.
The ice bin is dirty. The staff has to clean the bar while the kitchen is taught how to make a real BBQ sauce with JB Brown.
Russell trains the staff on a whiskey sour.
Jon breathalyzes both owners, and the result is zero; they haven’t been drinking.
Just before the stress test begins, Yumyum returns, and Russell takes her through five minutes of training.
Aleah is the head bartender, Donna is the host, and Scott is managing during the stress test.
The kitchen is doing its best, and Yumyum walks out after she messes up on a drink.
Donna is tempted when customers call for her to take shots with them.
The food is sent back because it is seasoned poorly.
After the kitchen and bar close down, Jon commends Donna for holding up during the stress test.
Jon gives them a smoker, and JB Brown trains the staff on how to use the machine properly.
The menu has been simplified to brisket, chicken, and ribs.
Jon also takes Donna and Scott to an addiction counselor to address their drinking problem.
Jon then gathers the staff to show them the new renovations.
As part of the changes, the bar was renamed from Kid Chilleen’s Badass BBQ to Chilleen’s on 17.
The outside is brightened, and the interior has been updated.
There are cowboy quotes on the wall and a potbelly stove in the corner.
There is a moonshine pour assistant and a new, modern menu.
The bar is immediately busy during the relaunch.
The staff is doing their best during the stress test.
The kitchen is busy, but they are keeping up.
The customers are very happy and love that they are being served hot food fresh from the oven.
Chilleen's On 17 Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Chilleen’s On 17 Bar Rescue visit, let’s talk about what happened when Jon Taffer rode his horse on out of Black Canyon City, AZ.
Two months after the visit from Jon, sales at Chilleen’s On 17 have gone up and the owners are in a better financial situation.
While their bankruptcy is still hanging over them, things are looking much better.
So – are they still surviving almost a decade later or do you think the bankruptcy took them out? Let’s talk about the 2022 update!
Is Chilleen’s On 17 from Bar Rescue still open?
As of 2022, Chilleen’s On 17 is still open and serving customers in Black Canyon City, AZ. Reviews for the bar are generally good and customers seem happy, though there are good and bad.
Chilleen’s On 17 has just a 3.5 star rating on its Yelp page on over 350 reviews, but reviews on other platforms are better.
It has a 4.4 star rating on both Google Reviews and Facebook and a 4 star rating on TripAdvisor.
While the bar did have bankruptcy hanging over its head in the Bar Rescue episode, they managed to get out of bankruptcy and the bar’s sales are up by more than 40%.
What’s more, Donna has stopped drinking in the bar and lost 20+ pounds, which is great to hear.
The Chilleen’s also seem pretty happy about their Bar Rescue experience. In this interview with the Phoenix New Times, they revealed that they were big fans of the show even before Jon Taffer’s visit:
We love the show. We’re huge fans; we watch them all the time, religiously. So that’s what made us think, well let’s try it, maybe they’ll pick us. And the fact that they did — we still can’t believe it.
They also are really happy with the benefits of appearing on the show:
It was totally worth it after that. Like, ‘Oh my gosh, that was easy, can we do it again?…Even to this day. Sunday I was up here, and people were like, ‘Oh, I just came in here because I saw you on the show. Oh, my gosh, we have to get our picture.
Overall, Chilleen’s On 17 seems like a definite Bar Rescue success story and it’s impressive that the bar is still open almost a decade after the Chilleen’s On 17 Bar Rescue episode aired on TV.
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Last updated: 2022-02-10 04:16