Frozen Cactus Bar Rescue Update (RJ’s Replay) – Still Open in 2022?

Is Frozen Cactus still open in 2022?

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

Season: 6 | View All Season 6 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: March 17, 2019
The Bar's Original Name Was: RJ's Replay
Frozen Cactus Address: 5769 E Speedway Blvd Tucson, AZ 85712

Frozen Cactus Bar Rescue Update (RJ's Replay)

Episode Recap

RJ’s Replay, later renamed Frozen Cactus, was a Tucson, Arizona bar that was featured on Season 6 of Bar Rescue.

Though the Frozen Cactus Bar Rescue episode aired in March 2019, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place almost a year before that in May 2018.

It was Season 6 Episode 27 and the episode name was “Don’t Cry for Me Jon Taffer”.

RJ’s Replay is located in Tucson, AZ.

If you’re not familiar with Tucson, it’s the second largest city in Arizona, with a population of about half a million people.

In 2011 the bar was bought by its current owner, Richard McClelland.

That means that he’s been the owner for about 7 years at the time of the RJ’s Replay Bar Rescue episode.

Richard has a love of craft beer and has always wanted to open a craft beer sports bar.

He borrowed a hefty $700,000 from his parents to open RJ’s Replay, so he’s got a lot riding on the success of the bar.

At first, the bar saw success, but it soon began to fail due to Richard’s mismanagement of the bar.

Rich and his wife Kristi started to experience troubles. The staff tends to counsel the couple. 

Chef Jason Santos and mixologist Ashley Clark join Jon Taffer to help the bar.

Richard is laughing and joking with customers on the hidden camera, and his wife Kristi is drinking.

There’s also a bartender named Klaryssa, a night manager Carlos and daytime manager Katelyn. 

Richard is buying shots for the bar, and it is clear the staff has been drinking with the customers. You can see this in the promo video below:

In the kitchen, cook Roberto cross contaminates food.

Jon asks the owners of a previous Arizona bar that has been rescued, Chilleen’s on 17, to recon the bar.

If you want to see what happened in that episode, you can check out our Chilleen’s on 17 update.

When the spies arrive, they are given a beer menu.

One of the spies tried an ale recommended by the bar staff, and the other ordered a dirty martini.

The beer is served warm, and the martini isn’t dirty enough. The menu is also overwhelming.

A drunk customer begins to bother the spies. When the bar staff refuses to serve the customer, they are overruled by the owner.

Richard berates Klaryssa, the bartender outside, over the incident till she is in tears. Not cool!

Jon comes out of the SUV to talk to Klarissa and admonishes Jon for not protecting his staff members and customers.

Richard breaks down in tears and admits that he is in a lot of debt and no money is coming in. 

Jon calls a staff meeting. Kristi admits it was never her goal to own the bar and considers herself a bartender.

Richard admits that he doesn’t have enough money to pay them on Friday.

Jon calls out Kristi and Richard for giving out free drinks to their customers, especially when the bar is already losing so much money.

The staff is made to clean the bar.

The next day Jon meets Richard’s parents Norma and Bill – the ones who loaned him the $700,000 to open RJ’s Replay.

Bill says he doesn’t understand why the bar is failing.

While that meeting is happening, Ashley trains the staff on a Prickly Pear cocktail.

Klarissa is nervous, but she does okay. During the stress test, there is a line out the door.

Klarissa is doing well, but the other bar staff is not. Richard is walking around doing nothing. 

Nearly thirty minutes into the stress test, no food has left the kitchen.

Jon calls Richard over, who begins to cry.

The stress test was a failure because Richard didn’t work hard enough.

Jon says they need cheaper drinks and menu items.

The bar has been remodeled and now has a removable wall. As part of the changes, Jon Taffer changes the name from RJ’s Replay to The Frozen Cactus.

There are new pool tables and new television screens.

There are three new POS machines to help the staff work more effectively.

On relaunch night, the staff does well. Richard is confident. Klarissa makes multiple drinks at once. 

Frozen Cactus Update - What Happened Next?

Now that we’ve recapped the Frozen Cactus Bar Rescue visit, let’s talk about what happened after Jon Taffer and his crew left Tucson.

Six weeks after the visit, the bar sales at the Frozen Cactus were up 30% and things seemed to be generally much better.

Unlike a lot of other owners from Bar Rescue, they kept the Frozen Cactus name that Jon gave them as well the other changes.

Is the Frozen Cactus from Bar Rescue still open?

As of 2022, Frozen Cactus is still open and serving customers in Tucson, Arizona. Reviews for the bar are good but not great.

It has a 4.7 star rating on Facebook, 4.0 stars on Google Reviews, but just 3 stars on Yelp.

The bar is also very active on Facebook, regularly posting updates and running special events, especially for major sporting events.

In general, the positive reviews praise the atmosphere, especially for watching sports. People also like the variety of beer and the specialty cocktails.

The main negative reviews seem to deal with slow and inattentive service.

If you want to learn more about the bar or see the Frozen Cactus menu, you can check out the official Frozen Cactus website.

Overall, Frozen Cactus has definitely earned a spot on Jon Taffer’s success list for now.

If anything changes, we’ll be sure to update this page.

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Last updated: 2022-02-13 05:25

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