Freaki Tiki’s / Frankie T’s Update – Bar Rescue – Open or Closed?

Is Frankie T's still open?

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

Season: 4 | View All Season 4 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: April 10, 2016
The Bar's Original Name Was: Freaki Tiki's
Frankie T's Address: 28778 Us-19 Clearwater, Florida 33761

Episode Recap

Freaki Tiki is a Clearwater, Florida bar that appeared on Season 4 of Bar Rescue.

In the episode, Jon Taffer and company are called in by owner Woody and co. to save this once successful bar. At one point, Freaki Tiki was grossing an impressive $1 million per year. But the good times are far behind the owners as the bar is now losing a massive $6,500 per month. Talk about a major fall from grace!

Perhaps one reason for the decline was the lack of quality service and major plumbing issues. Plumbing issues at a bar?? That’s not good.

The worst part was when Jon discovered a used condom at the bar. While Jon claimed it was a sign of neglect, the owners claimed they had a cleaning crew come through the bar five times per week.

As part of the bar rescue, Jon Taffer renamed Freaki Tiki to Frankie T’s and changed the concept.


Frankie T's Update - What Happened Next?

After the makeover, Freaki Tiki kept the new name of Frankie T’s. But, they went back to the original concept of a dive bar. So, they kept Jon’s named but not his concept.

Frankie T’s managed to keep its downers open until February 2017, when it celebrated its “final curtain”. The last opening day was February 18th, 2017. You can find the Facebook post announcing Frankie T’s closure right here.

So at this point, we can officially say that The Freaki Tiki / Frankie T’s Dive Bar are closed for good. While Jon’s success rate is fairly good, this one was not a successful rescue.

Yelp reviews were actually fairly solid, so we’re not 100% sure what went wrong to cause it to close its doors for good.

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Last updated: 2017-05-22 10:07

6 thoughts on “Freaki Tiki’s / Frankie T’s Update – Bar Rescue – Open or Closed?”

  1. I never understood how an outdoor bar concept could work. Especially one in Florida. With all the storms and such equipment really takes a beating. There’s going to be mold problems all the time. Like that hotel that had a bar on the beach. You’d be rebuilding that thing constantly. I think it would be better to just have a patio out there and the bar and equipment inside.

    • This bar was enclosed so they didn’t have the same problems as the bar on the beach. When Frankie T’s changed the concept back that’s when it went bad. They ketp the name but not the concept. So Taffer is not the blame the owners are to blame. They most likely went back to business as usual after he left. That killed them the first time & the this time too!

  2. I love every episode of Bar Rescue. I like how Jon ultimately convinces the owners to take responsibilities as owners of places I like to go. There have been several places that Jon has turned around. He is fabulously the real deal. If a place he rescued fails it is not because of him.

  3. Seems like the owner wanted a miracle but Jon Taffer can only provide tools and knowledge! I do NOT put ANY blame on Jon Taffer or his experts. Remember always: SOLUTIONS NOT EXCUSES!!!

  4. Did Scientology having overtaken the majority of downtown Clearwater have any part to cause the bar to close? Just curious….

  5. I always wonder how these bar/ restaurants pass health inspections? I never really see the health inspections rating but after years in the hospitality industry those bar rescue bars would have been closed way before Jon Taffer got there.


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