Drunken Donkey Bar Rescue Update (Butcher & Brew) – Open or Closed?

Is Drunken Donkey still open in 2022?

Status: >> OPEN <<
(keep reading to learn what happened)

Season: 6 | View All Season 6 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: August 4, 2019
The Bar's Original Name Was: Drunken Donkey Bar and Grill
Drunken Donkey Address: 301 W Round Grove Rd, Lewisville, TX 75067

Drunken Donkey Bar Rescue Update

Episode Recap

Drunken Donkey was a Lewisville, Texas bar featured on Season 6 of Bar Rescue. The Bar Rescue Drunken Donkey episode originally aired in August 2019.

The Drunken Donkey Bar and Grill is located in Lewisville, Texas.

Best friends Chris and Nick opened the bar in 2014.

Nick grew up watching his father work in clubs.

Chris put $500,000.00 of his retirement fund into the Drunken Donkey Bar and Grill.

Nick’s wife picked the bar’s name and painted it a weird green color. Personally, I find the color a bit annoying and I wouldn’t really want to hang out in a bar with that color for long.

Jon arrives with Chef Tiffany Derry and expert mixologist Mia Mastroianni.

They immediately dislike the color of the bar.

The bar has over 70 bar taps, but that is impractical. They also have a 16-page menu. 

Two local DJs, Scotty K and Brett Vega, spy on the staff.

They both order Tennessee Teas, and the bartender doesn’t know what in it.

The drinks are served too strong and sweet. The DJs also order Donkey Balls made from “scratch.”

They are actually frozen. They are made with runny deviled eggs, which is dangerous. 

Jon goes into the bar, and Tiffany goes into the kitchen.

The owner wears flip-flops, and Jon says that is a sign he is not committed.

Chef Tiffany tells Jon that the food is precooked. Mia states that they have 70 kegs of beer with no labels or organization.

Drunken Donkey Bar and Grill has four managers, and Jon says they need to fire a few. They also need to reduce their beer and kitchen inventory. 

Jon comes in the next day to meet the managers.

They are unaware of all the labor costs. Mia and Tiffany agree that the menu is too extensive.

They think if they were to create a signature dish and serve cocktails, they would make more money. 

The owners decide to fire Harley, one of the managers.

Mia starts training the staff in creating a baseline cocktail menu. Tiffany takes the kitchen staff through the steps of making fried ribs. 

Nick is tested during the stress test. Nick is overwhelmed, and Kat helps bartend but is overpouring.

Food gets out on time, but the drinks do not. The night ends with Jon and Nick getting into a screaming match. 

Tiffany trains the staff on a new recipe for the Donkey Balls that is easy to make.

Nick is stressed because he recently lost his parents. Jon reminds him he needs to focus his energy on his growing family.

Jon then introduces the new name, Butcher and Brew Pub. 

EverLawn set up astroturf for an outdoor area. There are fewer taps on the liquor wall and five new POS systems. Eastcoast Chair and Barstool supplied the bar with all of its furnishings.

The bar also received a lifetime subscription for inventory.

Nick began acting as a leader, and things ran smoothly for the rest of the night. 


Drunken Donkey Update - What Happened Next?

Nick is at the bar nearly every day now. Kat is doing great as a leader.

However, it seems like they’ve gone back to the old Drunken Donkey name, rather than sticking with Jon’s switch to Butcher and Brew Pub.

The Drunken Donkey Facebook page is regularly updated with new posts and there’s also an official Drunken Donkey website.

Overall, the Drunken Donkey Bar Rescue episode was a success…with the exception of the name change.

If you’re in the Lewisville area, you can swing by the bar to check it out.

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Last updated: 2021-12-29 06:09

5 thoughts on “Drunken Donkey Bar Rescue Update (Butcher & Brew) – Open or Closed?”

  1. No the atmosphere went into the gutter, the interior is just dismal, the food now is subpar. Before the wait staff KNEW the beers and would (having known you) would recommend new beers on tap. Now…….they don’t and don’t care about any new tap options. The kitchen has also go down in quality and now it’s just standard warfare, oh hum. We used to be regulars (Norm!) there but not any more. They just don’t have what it takes an longer.

    • Thanks for sharing your firsthand experience! Always interesting to hear from people that have actually visited the bar in person.


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