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Season: 3 | View All Season 3 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: March 31, 2013
The Bar's Original Name Was: Dimples Karaoke
Dimples Karaoke Address: 3413 W Olive Ave, Burbank, CA 91505
Dimples Karaoke was a Burbank Los Angeles, California bar featured on Season 3 of Bar Rescue.
Though the Dimples Bar Rescue episode aired in March 2013, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that.
It was Season 3 Episode 8 and the episode name was “Karaoke Katastrophe”.
Located in Burbank, California, Dimples was America’s first karaoke bar.
Dimples was opened in 1982 by the current owner, Sal.
At first, Dimples was booming, and many celebrities came into the bar.
Today though, the bar is in debt and failing.
The owner, Sal, is very inappropriate with the female customers.
The bar just doesn’t bring in young clientele anymore.
Jon brings in expert chef Brian Duffy and mixologist Joe Brooke for recon.
As Jon arrives, he notices the exterior doesn’t have a karaoke sign.
In fact, many signs are layered on top of one another, making the concept confusing.
Every staff member is older and has been there for a long time.
The youngest employee is a cocktail waitress that has been there for two years.
The audience is shown video footage of the customers giving feedback.
The customers say there is too much female objectification, and the sound system is old.
They also state the customer base is too old.
Four entertainment workers go in as Jon’s spies.
The drinks they are served are too sweet and strong.
There is no POS system; the servers use handwritten tickets to take orders. It seems like they use the exact same system from 1982 when Dimples first open.
There is cross-contamination in the kitchen. The burgers the cook is making are served overcooked. The meat is also freezer burned.
Sal visits the table full of the spies. He begins to say suggestive and inappropriate things to the female spy.
She begins to feel uncomfortable and she leaves. Jon comes in and promises Sal he will be respectful of the bar during the updates.
Jon meets with Roberto, the cook, and calls him out on the terrible food.
Roberto becomes very defensive until Jon uses a device to show him how much bacteria is on the surfaces. Roberto stays the clean the kitchen.
The next day Roberto is apologetic as Jon uses the same device to show that there is no more bacteria.
Sal is told how offensive he is and Jon brings in karaoke expert Fred Medrano.
Chef Brian teaches Roberto how to properly cook a burger and the bar is trained on classic Hollywood cocktails.
During the stress test the bartenders spill a lot of alcohol and Roberto gets overwhelmed in the kitchen and collapses on the floor.
An ambulance comes and Chef Brian is left alone in the kitchen. There is also feedback from the karaoke machine.
The staff is told Roberto is sick and may not be coming back.
Jon wraps up all of Sal’s old memorabilia and leaves it outside on the street.
Sal is not happy when he finds this out.
That night the staff gathers to see the bar. They have a new POS system and many new appliances, thanks to the renovation from the Bar Rescue team.
The mayor gives Sal a special certificate for being in business for so long. The customers come for the relaunch and love it.
Dimples Karaoke Update - What Happened Next?
While Dimples did manage to keep operating for a few years after the episode aired, Dimples did eventually close down in January, 2015.
Some regular patrons claimed that Dimples should be marked as a “a historical monument” and that it “has to be preserved”. Nevertheless, Dimples is gone for good as of 2015.
As of 2022, the old Dimples Karaoke Los Angeles location has been demolished and replaced by a large development that houses a Whole Foods Market on the bottom floor with apartments up top.
Because of that, I’m pretty confident that there will be no more karaoke sung at that location.
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Last updated: 2022-05-24 06:43