(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 5 | View All Season 5 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: July 23, 2017
The Bar's Original Name Was: Jack's Place
The Regan Lounge Address: 5067 East Bonanza Rd Las Vegas, NV 89110
Jack’s Place, later renamed to The Regan Lounge, was a Las Vegas, Nevada bar that was featured on Season 5 of Bar Rescue.
Though the Jack’s Place Bar Rescue episode aired in July 2017, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place a few months earlier at the beginning of 2017.
It was Season 5 Episode 24 and the episode name was “Mother Doesn’t Know Best”.
Jack’s Place is in Las Vegas, NV, which is a regular location on Bar Rescue.
It’s located on Bonanza Rd, which is about as Las Vegas of a street name as you can get.
The bar is part of a strip mall and is about 15 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip.
The next door tenant is a dentist, which will become more important later on in our Jack’s Place Bar Rescue update.
Corinne Vaughn is the owner, and she bought the bar in 2008.
That means she’s owned it for a little less than a decade at the time of Jon Taffer’s visit.
She had spent a lot of time at the bar and bought it for sentimental reasons.
The bar was in decline when Corrine bought it in 2008.
The staff calls Corinne by the name of mom, and she has four children of her own at home.
Because Corinne is a softy, she lets the team get away with a lot.
That’s why the title of this episode is “Mother Doesn’t Know Best”.
The bar is in severe debt, and Corinne has never taken a paycheck.
That’s a horrible situation to be honest.
Imagine owning a business for almost a decade but never having been able to draw a paycheck in that period.
Issues like this are why the Jack’s Place Bar Rescue episode exists and why I’m rooting for Jon Taffer to help Corinne.
Phil Wills, an expert mixologist, joins Jon Taffer to help rescue the bar.
The bar is named for the previous owner, Jack, who was also a state senator.
Phil and Jon see that the bar is very outdated, and the inside looks like it is still the 1980s.
The video footage shows Caryn and Ernie, who are the managers.
Corrine’s son Travis also occasionally manages the bar.
Jon recruits Jon Mac and his friends, a local, to spy on the bar.
Bartender John takes their order and forgets to shake their drink, which tastes sour.
John, the bartender (not Jon Taffer), is tossing cups and trying to catch the bottle and doesn’t stop till Corinne tells him to.
He thinks he’s a flair bartender but he doesn’t have the skills.
You can see John in the picture above.
He then begins bad-mouthing the management of the bar.
Jon enters the bar and confronts John (the bartender) calling him disruptive.
Corinne is then told to step up and act like a boss and not a mom, as Jon will not help her until she does.
John refuses to apologize but eventually does.
The following day Jon Taffer comes for a meeting.
It is revealed that Corinne doesn’t pay herself, but she does pay her staff.
Again, it’s just a really bad situation.
Jon tells Corinne she is partly to blame for the bar’s decline since she mothered her team instead of managing them.
A Partender report reveals that the bar has lost almost $40,000 the last year from missed liquor sales on the weekends alone (over a whole year), and Corinne has a breakdown and starts crying. It’s really sad.
Phil Wills is introduced and inspects the bar.
He notices the cooler isn’t working, and the bar is dirty.
The ice is moldy, so the staff is forced to clean the ice bin, and they go to the store to purchase more ice.
Pro tip – the ice bucket is often one of the grossest places in a bar because it never gets cleaner. Be careful with your local bars as you might be getting a nice dose of mold with your ice.
The bartenders are shown how to make a cocktail made with lemonade.
Jon reveals he will send two employees to the Jack Daniels Distillery in Tennessee at the end of the stress test (product placement much, right?).
The bartenders are generally doing well during the stress test.
However, the bartenders ignore one end of the bar, and customers begin to leave.
Customers wait almost thirty minutes for a drink, so Jon Taffer is forced to shut down the stress test.
Corinne chooses Ernie and John to go to Tennessee.
Jon tells Corinne he wants her bar to specialize in Jack Daniels.
In Tennessee, Ernie and John are shown the distillery.
At the bar, Phil trains the rest of the staff on more Jack Daniels drinks.
The next day the team gets together to see the renovations.
As part of the many changes, Jon Taffer decides to also rename the bar.
He changes the name from Jack’s Place to The Regan Lounge.
Inside, the walls are decorated with Jack Daniels advertisements and decor.
The bar is gifted a new ice machine and POS machines.
The bar opens for the relaunch.
The bartenders are keeping up, but Caryn looks lost in a corner.
She tells Gordon she can’t get the attention of the bar and leaves and locks herself in her office.
Other than that, the night was a success.
So was the Jack’s Place Las Vegas visit a success? Keep reading our update to learn what happened next and if it’s still open in 2023 and beyond.
The Regan Lounge Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Regan Lounge Bar Rescue episode, let’s talk about what happened next after Jon Taffer and his crew left Las Vegas, NV.
At the six-week check-in with the Bar Rescue producers, we learn that Ernie is doing well as a manager.
Additionally, the whole “mom” dynamic is no longer there, which is probably for the best.
Things seemed to be looking up for The Regan Lounge.
Unfortunately, disaster would strike and dash the bar’s chances for success.
Is The Regan Lounge still open after Bar Rescue?
The Regan Lounge closed for good in September 2017, which is only months after the Bar Rescue episode aired on TV.
The Regan Lounge closed because there was a massive fire at the bar that completely gutted the building.
This makes it a sad story, because the bar did not close due to mismanagement or business failure.
Because everything was destroyed and the owners lacked the ability to rebuild, the Regan Lounge had to permanently close.
The two-alarm fire started in the attic of the bar and was eventually discovered at 4 AM.
The fire also spread to the dental practice next door.
You can see news footage of the Regan Lounge fire in this news video below:
Thankfully, there were no human injuries – just lots of property damage.
You can also see some live footage of the fire in this video from Las Vegas Fire and Rescue:
Fire showing just after arrival, had knockdown in 30 minutes, no inj's, appears to be in Regal Lounge, investigator ps enroute PIO1 pic.twitter.com/eSh5y0bL1W
— Las Vegas FireRescue (@LasVegasFD) September 7, 2017
In a news article, it said that fire crews were trying to figure out how the fire started, and that they hadn’t ruled out arson at that point.
However, I can’t find anything about the result of that investigation and if they found the Regan Lounge fire cause.
I checked again in 2023 and I still can’t find anything concrete about the Regan Lounge fire.
If you know anything, please leave a comment below.
The Las Vegas Fire and Rescue spokesman did have this to say:
We will be going to the city’s building and safety department to make sure that permits were pulled and to see what kind of work was done on the building
As of 2023, the old Regan Lounge Las Vegas location is occupied by a church named Potter’s House.
Here’s a Google Maps street view embed that shows it – you can also still see the dentist next door, which had also been damaged by the fire:
Overall, this one is a sad story, as all of the hard work that Jon Taffer and his crew put into Jack’s Place just went up in flames.
At the time of the fire, the bar only had one review on Yelp, but it was a positive review:
Newly renovated interior gives this place a new and modern look.
Nicest looking interior on the east side of Las Vegas.
Friendly atmosphere gives this place a good place to stop for a refreshing drink and to relax.
In the end, we’ll never get to know whether Jon Taffer’s The Regan Lounge concept would’ve worked or not.
If you want to see some other Las Vegas Bar Rescue episodes, check out these posts:
- Nevada Brew Works update
- Capo’s Restaurant update
- Paradise Cantina update
- Gipsy update
- Champagne’s update
- The End / Underground Wonder Bar update
- Shattered Bar update
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Last updated: 2023-04-13 06:16