(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
Frankie T's Address: 28778 Us-19 Clearwater, Florida 33761
Freaki Tiki, later renamed to Frankie T’s, was a Clearwater, Florida bar that was featured on Season 4 of Bar Rescue.
Though the Frankie T’s Bar Rescue episode aired in April 2016, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that at the end of 2015.
It was Season 4 Episode 48 and the episode name was “Getting Freaki at the Tiki”.
Freaki Tiki, owned by Frank Theriault, is in Clearwater, FL.
A friend of Frank’s, Sean Trimpe invested in the bar for a 2.5% stake in 2008.
Together the men took out close to $500,000 worth of loans.
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.
After the bar’s success, Woody, Frank and Sean’s friend, was hired on as manager.
Soon, the owners began partying and getting rowdy at the bar.
They drink at the bar and comp meals and drinks for customers.
Because they partied, the bar has been neglected—the drains from the bathroom overflow into the bar, which is super gross.
Experts Mia Mastroianni and Ryan Scott join Jon Taffer to save the bar.
As Jon informs the experts about the bar’s history, the footage shows the owners drinking alcohol and taking body shots off women.
Woody has emailed Jon begging for his help. The footage also shows the cook in the kitchen improperly cleaning a plate.
The spies for this episode are Tracy, Juciano, and their daughter Zoe.
Jon Taffer had previously rescued their bar Piratz Tavern on the show.
At the bar, the spies order a vodka cocktail. Instead of using other ingredients for flavor, the drink is made with three different vodkas.
After ordering their drink, the spies order burgers and a pizza.
The cook makes the burger with dirty, bare hands. She is also seen using canned ingredients for the pizza.
Jon Taffer enters the bar to prevent the customers from eating their food.
The owners and Woody meet with Jon, who tells them about his spy’s service.
Woody tells Jon he has told the cook to use gloves, but when confronted about it, she is rude.
Frank gets Sean and Woody to agree things aren’t working.
The next day the experts come to inspect the bar.
Robin, the cook, tells Jon she doesn’t use gloves because it is inconvenient.
Ryan shows Jon that the walk-in freezer has so much product that the bar is overspending on food.
Mia finds rusted beer bottles while inspecting the bar.
In the back of the bar, Mia discovers the aforementioned used condom.
While the staff cleans, Ryan gives Robin gloves and a Turbo Chef.
He then teaches her how to make a cheese bread dish.
Outside the kitchen, the bar is trained on how how to make cocktails flavored with garnish. Only two liquors will be used in the drinks.
Woody will be working the floor during the stress test. The owners will work the bar while two other bartenders will work the other station.
Orders come in fast for the cheese bread, and Ryan does not help Robin.
Frank and Sean struggle at the bar with overpouring.
However, the bartenders at the other bar are doing well.
Woody is keeping customers happy by fixing the problems fast.
The test is shut down when Jon sees water from the bathroom flooding the bar.
The following day Jon, Mia, and Ryan compliment the staff on their excellent work.
However, Jon Taffer and the experts yell at the owners.
Frank and Jon have a conversation where Frank confides in Jon about the meaning of the bar.
He built the bar in honor of his dad, who worked many years in the hospitality industry.
During the renovation, the toilets and plumbing system are repaired.
As part of the bar rescue, Jon Taffer renamed Freaki Tiki to Frankie T’s and changed the concept to a more traditional sports bar.
The bar has been gifted two POS systems and a new lighting display.
The relaunch begins. The food zooms out from the kitchen with four-minute wait times.
Frankie steps up and supports his staff.
The bar has been given new arcade games, and the customers love them.
So was the Freaki Tiki Bar Rescue episode a success? Keep reading to learn what happened next and how the bar is doing in 2022.
Frankie T's Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Frankie T’s Bar Rescue episode, let’s talk about what happened after Jon Taffer and his crew left Clearwater Florida.
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.
Additionally, at the normal check-in with the Bar Rescue producers, we learned that sales at the bar were doing over 25%.
However, the Frankie T’s owners don’t believe it had to do with them ditching Jon Taffer’s concept.
Instead, they blamed it on new competition in the form of new sports bars around them.
Is Frankie T’s from Bar Rescue still open?
Frankie T’s managed to keep its door 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.
As of 2022, the old Frankie T’s Clearwater, FL location is occupied by a kava bar named Kava Culture Kava Bar
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Last updated: 2022-05-14 05:25