Linda Lou’s Bar Rescue Update (Purser’s Bar) – Still Open in 2022?

Is Purser's Bar still open in 2022?

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

Season: 7 | View All Season 7 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: March 15, 2020
The Bar's Original Name Was: Linda Lou's Time For Two
Purser's Bar Address: 2981 N Hill Field Rd, Layton, UT 84041

Linda Lou's Bar Rescue Update (Purser's Bar)

Episode Recap

Linda Lou’s Time For Two, later renamed to Purser’s Bar, was a Layton, Utah bar that was featured on Season 7 of Bar Rescue.

Though the Linda Lou’s Bar Rescue episode aired in March 2020 (right at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic), the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place well before that in August 2019.

It was Season 7 Episode 3 and the episode name was “Breaking Brandon”.

Linda Lou’s Time for Two is is located in Layton, UT.

If you don’t know your Utah geography, Layton is located along the Rocky Mountains almost straight north of Salt Lake city.

It has a population of around 81,000 and it has the ninth highest population among Utah cities.

Linda Lou’s Time for Two is owned by Brandon Purser.

Brandon’s mother, Winona, funded the bar for him because it had been Brandon’s dream to own a bar since he was 12.

She also thought it would be profitable. However, given that the Linda Lou’s Bar Rescue episode exists, you can probably tell that she was mistaken.

The bar was a local dive bar when Brandon bought it in 2013, but it quickly began to decline. 

Sadly, Brandon is now depressed and barely shows up at the bar.

His mother has invested another $50,000 into the bar to keep it going, but it kind of seems like just throwing good money after bad.

Currently, Linda Lou’s Time for Two is in debt and losing more money every day. 

Jon Taffer has no room to park in the parking lot, so he parks in a nearby space.

Mixologist Phil Wills is with him, and the men discuss the odd exterior of the bar.

Jon believes the bar resembles a tea parlor, which probably isn’t the right vibe.

The duo move on to watching hidden camera footage of the bar.

The camera footage shows Anthony and Trina, the bartenders.

Utah law says food has to be served in any establishment that serves liquor, but the kitchen is not operational. 

Hockey players Ryan Reeves and Nate Schmidt spy on Linda Lou’s for Jon Taffer and his experts.

The two men order cocktails, but the drinks taste wrong and are served without ingredients like whipped cream.

Brandon isn’t visible at the bar because he is in the back office even though there are customers needing help. 

The spies ask Trina for a margarita, but she makes them incorrectly.

Trina also makes the spies chicken wings in a fryer without using gloves.

The wings are too greasy to eat when the spies receive them.

Phil enters the bar and has the bartenders make margaritas which they fail.

Next, Jon Taffer comes into Linda Lou’s and calls Brandon out for wasting his mother’s money. 

Jon Taffer comes back the next day, and Brandon has stayed all night to clean the bar.

The employees confide in Jon that Brandon is the biggest problem at the bar.

They never know where he is or what he is doing in the office; they also lack the ingredients and tools to succeed.

Overcome with emotion, Brandon steps out to cry in private. He seems like a nice guy – just overwhelmed by the situation.

To prep for the stress test, Phil trains the employees on making a basic margarita.

Anthony has been at the bar the longest but has no idea how to make it.

The bar is too small as there is only one workstation, so it’s hard for bartenders to work efficiently.

The bartenders are also not communicating with each other, causing delays at the bar.

A plumbing issue arises from the dishwasher and a flood forms.

The stress test is shut down due to safety concerns. 

After the stress test, Phil continued to train the staff on signature drinks with novelty cups.

Jon Taffer’s team works all night to renovate the bar and fix the plumbing issue. As part of the changes, Jon renamed the bar from Linda Lou’s Time for Two to Purser’s Bar.

Obviously, the new name is a play on Brandon’s last name.

Beyond the new name, the Bar is now themed like a speakeasy. The front entrance resembles a laundromat with a secret door to enter the bar. However, this would cause issues later on, as you’ll learn in a second.

There is a snack station to replace the fryer and chicken wings.

To help the staff work more efficiently, a new workstation has been added, as have POS machines.

Brandon is excited about the changes and can’t wait for his mother to see him.

Customers are happy with the new theme and snacks. 

So were the Linda Lou’s Bar Rescue changes enough to save the bar? Keep reading our update to find out what happened next and if it’s still open in 2022.

Purser's Bar Update - What Happened Next?

Now that we’ve recapped the Purser’s Bar Bar Rescue visit, let’s talk about what happened to the bar after Jon Taffer and his crew left Layton, Utah.

Again, the visit happened in August 2019, so the bar actually had a solid seven months of time before the Covid-19 restrictions started happening, even though the Linda Lou’s episode aired right at the beginning of the pandemic.

Brandon seemed to trust Taffer’s changes, as he stuck with the new Purser’s Bar name.

However, it seems like that might not have been the best choice, as things didn’t work out well for Purser’s Bar.

Is Purser’s Bar from Bar Rescue still open?

Purser’s Bar closed in December 2019, which was four months before the Linda Lou’s Bar Rescue episode actually aired on TV (though it was about four months after Taffer’s actual visit).

Unfortunately, it seems like the Bar Rescue changes just didn’t take.

Brandon said that he lost 2/3 of the customers after Taffer’s changes, in large part because regulars didn’t like the changes and some people didn’t recognize that it was a bar because of the speakeasy concept.

The bar was sold to new owners who planned to open a new bar in the location.

However, as of 2022, the old Linda Lou’s Layton, Utah location seems to still be vacant.

Given that the new owners would’ve purchased the bar right before Covid-19 restrictions went into place, I wouldn’t be surprised if their plans were disrupted.

If anything changes, I will update this post. Additionally, if you live in Layton, UT and know what happened to the old location, please let me know in the comments.

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Last updated: 2022-05-10 05:35

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  1. Where’s the spot a speakeasy works best? Chicago. Where doesnt it work at all? Utah. Should have done a neighborhood style bar like “cheers” or something.

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