The Hooch Bar / Proving Ground Update – Bar Rescue – Open or Closed?

Is Proving Ground Bar & Grill still open?

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

Season: 4 | View All Season 4 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: November 15, 2015
The Bar's Original Name Was: The Hooch Bar & Grill
Proving Ground Bar & Grill Address: 5157 S Telegraph Rd Dearborn Heights, Michigan 48125

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The Hooch Bar / Proving Ground Bar Rescue Update

Originally named The Hooch Bar & Grill, Jon Taffer visited this bar back in 2015. The Hooch Bar was owned by Chandra, who was, to put it lightly, an extremely unlikable person. She was foul-mouthed, insulted her wait staff, and was just generally horrible to be around.

Perhaps that’s why she was, at the time the show aired, losing a massive $4,500 per month from her struggling bar.

In order to even offer his help, Jon Taffer required that Chandra start showing some respect to her staff, something which had been sorely lacking up until now.

Once he got that out of the way, Jon commenced with rescuing the bar. During the rescue process, he renamed The Hooch Bar & Grill to Proving Ground Bar & Grill, which Chandra seemed to have accepted.

Was Jon able to successfully save The Hooch? Keep reading the next section for exactly what happened.

Proving Ground Bar & Grill Update - What Happened Next?

While the bar kept the name of Proving Ground Bar and Grill, Yelp reviews were not that much better after the remake. They did increase slightly, but not enough to save the struggling bar.

Some visitors remarked positively, saying things like:

We stepped in and instantly felt a comfortable neighborhood bar vibe. Lots of TV’s all over to keep on top of your favorite sports teams.
The staff was very polite, even the bartenders on the other end of the bar (whose section we didnt sit in) said ” Hi”.

While others were a bit more negative with tough reviews like

I was just passing through the area on a motorcycle trip. I decided to opt for plain old, purely American burger. I specifically asked for no mustard. After about an hour, I was brought a bottle of mustard. That’s it. No bun, burger, or cheese. What the heck?

Eventually, Chandra posted on her Facebook page on May 23rd, 2016 that the bar was officially closed. According to her, there wasn’t any money to keep the bar going and Bar Rescue was the “Worst mistake in my whole life”.

The bar sold for ~$225,000 on May 26th, 2016.

So it appears that we can officially mark Chandra’s foul-mouthed Hooch Bar / Proving Ground Bar as closed.

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Last updated: 2017-05-02 10:30


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