Headhunters Bar Rescue Update (Metal and Lace) – Open or Closed in 2022?

Is Metal and Lace still open in 2022?

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

Season: 3 | View All Season 3 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: February 17, 2013
The Bar's Original Name Was: Headhunters
Metal and Lace Address: 720 Red River St Austin, TX 78701

Headhunters Bar Rescue Update (Metal and Lace)

Episode Recap

Headhunters, later renamed Metal and Lace, was an Austin, Texas bar featured on Season 3 of Bar Rescue.

Though the Headhunters Bar Rescue episode aired in February 2013, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that.

It was Season 3 Episode 2 and the episode name was “Rock N Roaches”.

Headhunters is located in Austin, TX. The Headhunters owner is Steve, an engineer before opening the very weird Headhunters bar.

Seriously, Headhunters is a weird bar – I think you can agree (and Jon Taffer definitely agrees).

When they first opened up, the bar was making close to $70,000 dollars a month and really stood out because of how unique it is.

Austin, Texas is a bit of a quirky place, so I think a bar like Headhunters would definitely stand out.

However, things definitely started going down hill for the bar, which is why the Headhunters Bar Rescue episode exists.

At the time of the episode, the bar is filthy. They also offer extreme fetish shows.

Jon does the recon with his wife Nicole, chef Joe Brooke, and service expert Jessie Barnes. 

The exterior looks worn out, and customers visit other bars in the area.

Jon and Nicole enter the bar and leave the experts in the SUV to watch the undercover footage.

The smell of the bar is terrible, and the dancers are all dressed inappropriately.

When Jon asks about the stinky smell, he is informed that it is cat pee that comes from the bar’s resident cat. 

Umm…that’s really gross. I don’t want to be smelling cat pee when I’m trying to enjoy a night out.

The bartender goes to pour their drink, and Nicole notices a roach.

The bartender tries to hide it, but it is too late.

Nicole is highly distraught about being served a drink with a cockroach in it, and she gets up to leave.

The owner, Steve, is defensive and says that his bar isn’t the only one to have roaches.

Steve isn’t taking this seriously and is making jokes. 

The next day the staff meets with Jon.

The situation is worse than they thought, and Jon shows the staff video of the bugs scampering away from the exterminators.

Jon has everyone clean the bar and pour out all of the bottles.

Steve doesn’t pay his staff; the bartenders are only paid in tips. This practice angers Jon (and I’m pretty sure it’s illegal, too).

Steve says he offered them payroll, but they denied it; the team says that is not true, and Jon makes the legit employees. 

Jon promises to help the bar for the staff and not for Steve.

He promises to help them find new work if they decide to leave.

They choose to stay and help Steve out.

Jessie teaches the staff how to serve guests quickly. Joe teaches them the basics of making cocktails.

Steve tells the team he will do better.

That night is the stress test. Steve is asked to help, but he is nowhere to be found.

Everyone is getting overwhelmed, and Steve is no help at all.

Steve is admonished for leaving the staff during the stress test. 

The following morning Joe trains the staff on new cocktails that will attract younger customers.

Jessie helps with confidence and customer service.

The bar is renovated and Jon renamed the bar from Headhunters to Metal and Lace, a steampunk-themed bar that will help the bar escape the old fetish theme.

The bar has a new POS system and cool and stylish uniforms that fit the bar’s theme. 

The staff readies for the relaunch. The dancers are dressed better and are dancing on the stage. The live band produces no feedback.

Steve is greeting customers instead of helping the staff like he is supposed to. 

So was the Headhunters Bar Rescue episode a success? Keep reading our update to learn what happened next and how the bar is doing in 2022 and beyond.

Metal and Lace Update - What Happened Next?

So – was the Metal and Lace / Headhunters Bar Rescue visit a success? Let’s put on some heavy metal and dig into it…

Six weeks later and staff members Jewel and Chloe were named the managers.

Customers seem to like the new changes, but Steve, unsurprisingly, started sliding back to old habits after Jon Taffer left.

Is Metal and Lace from Bar Rescue still open?

Metal and Lace closed at the end of April 2014, which is a little over a year after the Metal and Lace Bar Rescue episode aired on TV.

The building that Metal and Lace was in was purchased by a new owner and Steve struggled to keep the lease for Metal and Lace.

At that time, Steve was looking for other locations to reopen Metal and Lace.

However, that never happened and Metal and Lace remains closed to this day.

As of 2022, the Metal and Lace Austin location seems to be empty.

In a March 2022 Google Street view image, you can see an “Available” sign on the frontage of the building:

Metal and Lace Bar Rescue empty location

There’s a post from WCRE, a real estate company, that lists the location as available.

It seems like the owner is planning to renovate the place and do a full remodel of the interior and exterior.

If anything changes, I will edit our Metal and Lace update to reflect the new business.

If you want to see another other Austin, Texas Bar Rescue episode, you can check out our The Brixton / Rocket Room 6 update.

The Morgue / Kiva Lounge episode also took place near Austin, though not in the city.

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Last updated: 2022-06-26 11:07

12 thoughts on “Headhunters Bar Rescue Update (Metal and Lace) – Open or Closed in 2022?”

  1. The employees should have let Jon find them new jobs and let Steve crash and burn in his failure knowing he wasn’t gonna change! One of a few I wanted to go through my tv and punch him.

  2. I feel for the employees at this bar as they were in full speed to make it a great place. I feel Steve needs some deep counseling and some come to reality talks cause he is not a young guy anymore. He received a new bar with new look and new drinks and threw it all back in John’s face. Thanks to John for his expertise and I pray the employees are doing good elsewhere . Sometimes if your not appreciated you got to move on.

  3. The girls should have originally left the bar; I’m sure their tips did not pay their living expenses. I also think Jon, knowing their experience, should still help them find other jobs. As for the owner, since his business is shut down, he has plenty of time for therapy.

  4. Not surprised this place didn’t survive. One of the few owners I just couldn’t believe in. He never cared during the episode. He was a jerk, took advantage of his employees and they all should have bounced out on him instead of sticking it out.

  5. I LOVE a good dive bar, but this one was always just too gross, and I never felt safe going there alone as a young woman, I would always walk right past it. I went one time with a group of friends, had one beer, and bounced. It was filthy and empty. That Steve guy seems like the kind of guy who would hit on his own son’s girlfriend…total douche. These rich bored idiots that buy a bar or restaurant but have no idea what they’re doing are the worst. Find a different hobby, you’re messing with people’s livelihood.

    • Also I just want to say that I have bartended at several places in Austin and
      NO, not every bar in Austin is infested with roaches. That coward was just trying to come up with a lame excuse to justify being a filthy slob. Disgusting.

    • Thanks for sharing your firsthand experience! Not surprised that Metal and Lace closed based on that.


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