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Season: 4 | View All Season 4 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: November 2, 2014
The Bar's Original Name Was: Jack's Ale House
Jack's Fire Department Address: 39-46 Skillman Ave Sunnyside, NY 11104
Jack’s Ale House, later renamed Jack’s Fire Department, was a Sunnyside, New York bar that was featured on Season 4 of Bar Rescue.
Though the Jack’s Ale House Bar Rescue episode aired in November 2014, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that.
It was Season 4 Episode 5 and the episode name was “Anything You Can Yell, I Can Yell Louder”.
Brothers Jimmy and Brian McGowan own Jack’s Ale House in Sunnyside, NY.
Sunnyside is a neighborhood in the western part of Queens, so it’s part of New York City.
When I first heard “Sunnyside”, I was picturing some idyllic town. But it’s really just a place in New York City.
The brothers are both firefighters, which will become very important later in the show.
Their father initially owned the bar, but they inherited it in 2003.
That means they’ve been running the show for more than a decade before the Jack’s Ale House Bar Rescue episode happened.
In 2011 the brothers decided to shut down and renovate the bar.
To do this, they brought in their eldest brother, John (not to be confused with Jon Taffer, without the “h”).
John said the renovations were a disaster.
By the time they opened, the clientele had changed, and they were left with no patrons.
They are in severe debt and are months away from closing their doors for good.
Jon brings in mixologist Russell Davis and expert chef Vic Vegas.
On first look, they think the bar is bland and has an unused back deck.
Jon also brings in the Tubridy brothers, who appeared on Bar Rescue previously in the Bungalow Bar episode, another New York City Bar Rescue episode.
The brothers come in as spies, and they order a Harvey Wallbanger.
However, the bar staff has no idea what that is. They also do not know how to make a cosmo.
In the kitchen, the cook uses one glove and microwaves the food.
Jon comes into the bar because he’s seen enough at this point.
Christine is the bartender and the owner, Jimmy’s wife.
She thinks the bar has potential, but Jimmy doesn’t follow through on what he says.
The McGowan brothers are fighting, and Jon leaves, saying maybe the best thing is to sell the bar.
Jon comes back the next day very frustrated with the owners.
He introduces his experts to the team.
Jon really likes the idea of using the patio and wants to use it during the stress test.
Russell teaches the bartenders to ask the customers if they would like another drink.
He also teaches them how to make a Harvey Wallbanger.
Vic Vegas tells the cook you always need to wear two gloves in the kitchen.
During the stress test, Jon is making Brian manage the floor, Jimmy manage the bar, and John will be in charge of the kitchen.
The stress test begins, and the staff does not even acknowledge customers.
Jimmy begins to lose his patience. The wait is 20 minutes for quesadillas.
Jimmy starts to drink behind the bar and gets defensive when Jon confronts him.
The next day, Jon meets with the brothers.
Jon brings in their mother to try to get through to them.
While that’s happening, Russell shows the bar staff what a culinary torch is.
He shows them how to use it to make cocktails.
Vic is introducing a Jacked-up Grilled Cheese challenge.
The customer has to finish the whole sandwich without taking a drink of milk, and they will win a t-shirt.
Once they get the food and drink going, Jon Taffer and his crew start on the renovations.
As part of the changes, Jon changed the name from Jack’s Ale House to Jack’s Fire Department, along with an atmosphere to match.
The patio is now usable, as well, so Jack’s Fire Department will be able to take advantage of the outdoor space.
Everyone is excited about the relaunch.
There is a new draft beer system and a POS system on the new and improved deck.
Note – the new bar name is Jack’s Fire Department. I see some people call it the Jack’s Firehouse Bar Rescue episode, but the official rename is “fire department” not “firehouse”.
Jack's Fire Department Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Jack’s Fire Department Bar Rescue visit, let’s talk about what happened after Jon Taffer went back to the clouds and left Sunnyside, NY.
Things started off very strong.
In the 1.5 months after Jon Taffer’s visit, the sales at the bar had more than tripled.
Things were going so well that the Tubridy brothers from Bungalow Bar revisited Jack’s Fire Department in one of the Back to the Bar episodes.
In that episode, you can see that the owners kept virtually all of Taffer’s changes, including the new Jack’s Fire Department name.
Is Jack’s Fire Department from Bar Rescue still open?
As of 2022, Jack’s Fire Department is still open and serving customers in Sunnyside, NY. Reviews for the bar are pretty good as it has a 4 star rating on Yelp and a 4.9 star rating on Facebook.
In general, people seem to praise the atmosphere of the bar as well as the food and service.
The one thing people seem negative about is that there aren’t a lot of options for vegetarians. That makes sense when most people are praising the burger.
If you want to learn more or see the Jack’s Fire Department menu, you can head to the official Jack’s Fire Department website.
Overall, the Jack’s Ale House Bar Rescue episode seems like a real success.
Not only did the owners keep Jon’s changes, but they’re also still going strong more than eight years after Jon Taffer’s visit.
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Last updated: 2022-02-10 07:11