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Season: 7 | View All Season 7 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: March 8, 2020
The Bar's Original Name Was: Lucky 66 Bowl
Great 66 Entertainment Center Address: 6132 4th St NW Albuquerque, NM 87107
Lucky 66 Bowl, later renamed Great 66 Entertainment Center, is an Albuquerque, New Mexico bar featured on Season 7 of Bar Rescue.
Though the Lucky 66 Bowl Bar Rescue episode aired in March 2020, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place much earlier.
It was Season 7 Episode 2 and the official episode name was “Gutter Ball”.
Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lucky 66 Bowl is owned by a Vietnam vet named Mike Draper.
It has a pretty unique location as it’s located inside a bowling alley, which isn’t something you see every day on Bar Rescue. Definitely a first for the show.
Personally, I’m always a fan of bars inside bowling alleys, so I think it’s pretty cool.
It’s not just a random theme, though – Mike’s father was a pro bowler, so he bought the bar in honor of him. That’s a great way to pay respects.
Mike’s son is the general manager, and his granddaughter is the bar manager. It’s a real family affair.
One day Mike hopes to give them the business.
Unfortunately, Mike has a bad attitude toward his customers and staff, which is causing major problems.
By the time the Lucky 66 Bowl Bar Rescue episode is happening, the bar is over $1,000,000.00 in debt.
Jon arrives at the Lucky 66 Bowl with Alex Goode and Chef Anthony Lamas, mixologist.
The bar is not an ideal hangout spot, even with the bowling alley attached, in part because the entrance to the bar is down a sketchy, unsafe-looking alley.
Jon thinks this bar could have potential with over 50% of the population being single.
The interior looks good, with an elevated bar and windows overlooking the bowling alley.
The bar area, though, is worn out and out of date.
Vanessa is a new bartender who has only been at Lucky 66 Bowl for a few weeks.
Chef Joel leases out the food with his son, and it is a separate business. The food is too greasy, and people complain it affects their bowling.
Miles Sr. and Miles Jr. manage the bowling lanes.
Miles Sr. has been fired several times and keeps getting hired back.
Jon and his companions order three lemon drops, but the bar has no lemons.
When they do get their drinks, they are awful. They order more drinks and the drinks are still bad. Mike, the owner, is rude and cuts them off.
Jon is upset and confronts Mike, who tries to defend himself. Everyone agrees with Jon that Mike is an ass.
Jon even reconsiders helping Mike because he won’t take accountability. Jon leaves and tells Mike to clean the bar.
Jon finds out that customer service is a clear issue, and the staff turnover rate is high since most of the staff members are family who has been there for a long time.
For example, Daphne was a great bowling mechanic, but she left due to Mike’s poor attitude. They call Daphne, and she agrees to come back.
The stress test is kicked off, and drinks begin coming out slow. Customers are left waiting.
The bar uses a handwritten ticket system which quickly turns into chaos.
Food is being served raw, and some people never get their food at all. Overall, it’s just a total disaster – you can definitely see why the bar is in so much trouble.
Jon shuts down the bar as they have a hard time catching up.
The next day the staff is trained by Alex Goode on simple cocktails. The team is also taught a grease-free quesadilla dish.
As part of the relaunch, the bar has been renovated and Jon Taffer renamed it from Lucky 66 Bowl to Great 66 Entertainment Center.
There is a bold new sign and an updated interior. There is also a new DJ booth and pager system for drinks.
Jon tells Mike that he will give the bar $10,000 to cover expenses for at least one month, which is an incredibly generous offer as it takes a lot of the pressure off the bar staff.
The relaunch is underway, and the staff loves the new pager system.
The bar keeps drinks coming out on time, and the customers love the new menu.
Great 66 Entertainment Center Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Lucky 66 Bowl Bar Rescue episode, let’s talk about what happened to the bar after Jon Taffer and his crew left Albuquerque, NM.
Within six weeks, bar sales have increased and everything seems to be going a lot better.
What’s more, the staff turnover is lessened as Daphne returns full-time as the bar manager.
Mike continued to stay positive and keep a good attitude.
Like a lot of bars on the show, however, Mike decided to ditch Jon Taffer’s name change and go back to using the Lucky 66 Bowl name.
While business was up, the reviews were still really poor as Lucky 66 Bowl had just a 2.5 star rating on Yelp.
Is Great 66 Entertainment Center from Bar Rescue still open?
As of 2022, the Lucky 66 Bowl Yelp page reports that Lucky 66 Bowl is closed, so we’re adding this one to our Bar Rescue closed list.
We can’t find any other confirmation that Lucky 66 Bowl closed, but Yelp is pretty accurate and the bar doesn’t seem to have an active web presence anywhere.
If you want to see another Albuquerque Bar Rescue episode, you can check out our The Sandbar / Playa Island Bar update.
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Last updated: 2022-05-26 07:02