(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 6 | View All Season 6 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: July 22, 2018
The Bar's Original Name Was: El K'rajo Beach Bar
El K'rajo Beach Bar Address: F22V+82F, Carolina, Loíza 00985, Puerto Rico
El K’rajo Beach Bar was a Puerto Rico bar that was featured on Season 6 of Bar Rescue, as part of a special episode to help the island recover after the hurricane.
Though the El Krajo Bar Rescue episode aired in July 2018, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place just before that.
It was Season 6 Episode 19 and the episode name was “Operation: Puerto Rico”.
In this special episode, Jon Taffer and his crew head to Puerto Rico to help some businesses and organizations that were badly affected by the 2017 Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 hurricane that hit Puerto Rico in September 2017.
Hurricane Maria severely damaged El K’rajo Beach Bar in Puerto Rico.
Jon Taffer and the Bar Rescue crew go down to Puerto Rico to help save the bar.
Janet and Victor, the El K’rajo Beach Bar owners, arrived at the bar after the hurricane finally stopped.
When they got to the bar, they found out the storm had blown off the roof, and six feet of sand filled the bar.
Celebrities join Jon Taffer for this extraordinary bar rescue.
Bernie Williams from the New York Yankees, Mark Cuban from Shark Tank and the Dallas Mavericks (and just generally being a billionaire), and Chef Jose Enrique come to Puerto Rico to help Jon.
In addition to rebuilding El K’rajo Beach Bar, everyone pitches in to help rebuild the community center in Loiza, Puerto Rico.
The community center is home to basketball courts and a baseball field.
El K’rajo Beach Bar reopened in April 2018.
One month before reopening, the owners started making steps to reopen.
Then a storm on the east coast caused a storm surge in Puerto Rico, and the surge ruined everything in the bar, including all the progress they had made.
The owners were all out of money and were in danger of losing their homes.
Then, Bar Rescue contacted them and said Jon was interested in helping them rebuild.
Janet and Victor have stated had it not been for Bar Rescue helping them; they would have needed to pack up and leave Puerto Rico as they were out of money.
Jon has said that it took approximately five weeks to gather everything and head to Puerto Rico.
The island is full of stray dogs, but the owners all take really great care of them.
Many companies sponsored this episode, such as Home Depot, Spirit Airlines, and Bacardi.
Home Depot supplied the crews with supplies, and Spirit Airlines flew everyone to and from Puerto Rico.
So was the El Krajo Bar Rescue visit a long-term success? Keep reading to learn what happened next and if El K’rajo Beach Bar is still open in 2024.
El K'rajo Beach Bar Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the El Krajo Bar Rescue episode, let’s talk about what happened after Jon Taffer and his crew left Puerto Rico.
This one won’t be as detailed because this wasn’t a normal Bar Rescue episode, but here’s a quick recap of how things are going.
Is El K’rajo from Bar Rescue still open?
As of 2023, El K’rajo Beach Bar is still open and serving customers in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The bar is active on Facebook, regularly posting events and specials.
Here’s what the El K’rajo Beach Bar looks like in the most recent Google Maps street view shot (which was August 2019 at the time that I’m updating this post – a year after the Bar Rescue visit).
It also seems to have pretty good reviews, with a 4.5 star rating on both Yelp and Google Reviews.
Here are some examples of a few reviews that were written after the rescue from Jon Taffer and his crew…
5 star Yelp review from October 2022:
Great place, impressive bar selection, food was good, views were amazing, and staff was extremely accommodating.
Definitely a great place to get real local vibe without the crowds and fairly priced.
5 star Yelp review from June 2019:
This place is an amazing hidden gem.
I visited with my fiance while on vacation and it was one of our last days in Puerto Rico.
It honestly was the best FOOD, DRINK, and VIEW of our whole trip!
We heard about the bar because we are Bar Rescue fans and now we will always make sure to make a stop whenever we visit Puerto Rico.
Jennifer Garcia was our server and she was excellent.
Very knowledgeable and food came quick.
For food I ordered the ceviche and it was delicious, fiance got the ribs also delicious.
For drinks we drank the blue “wave”, green “krajo”, and a classic pina colada.
They tasted amazing and the pricing is reasonable.
The view is beautiful you are literally on the beach.
Can eat inside or sit out back on their beach patio, watch the waves come in, just a beautiful view.
Next time I would like to set more time aside to sit there all day and just eat and drink enjoy the view versus running around old san juan.
Its worth it!
Last but not least, I recognized the owner from the show and she was SO NICE!
Very friendly and welcoming, took a photo together.
Thank you we’ll be back!!
5 star Yelp review from September 2019:
I heard of this place on the tv show bar rescue.
This place is great.
Food and drinks spot on.
Very friendly people and plus the owners doing what owners should do, give great hospitality.
Great experience and will come back for sure when I’m in Puerto Rico.
If you find yourself in Puerto Rico, check it out and let me know how it went in the comments!
If you want to see another Bar Rescue Puerto Rico episode, check out our Shibo Bar Rescue update – another bar that was damaged by Hurricane Maria.
The other nearby bars are in Florida. If you count the south part of Florida as near to Puerto Rico, you can also check out my updates for Ele Lounge / Heat Restaurant in Hollywood FL, Sandbar Sports Grill / Hot Rock in Coconut Grove FL, and Bonny and Read’s / Toucan’s in Hollywood FL.
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Last updated: 2023-03-02 06:56