(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 5 | View All Season 5 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: September 10, 2017
The Bar's Original Name Was: Lucky Leprechaun
Lucky's Corner Pocket Address: 43356 US-27 Davenport, FL 33837
Lucky Leprechaun, later renamed to Lucky’s Corner Pocket, was a Davenport, Florida bar that was featured on Season 5 of Bar Rescue.
Though the Lucky Leprechaun Bar Rescue episode aired in September 2017, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place earlier in spring 2017
It was Season 5 Episode 30 and the episode name was “The Unlucky Leprechaun”.
Lucky Leprechaun is an Irish saloon in Davenport, FL.
If you’re not familiar with Florida geography, Davenport FL is a small city in the center of the state.
It’s located a bit to the southwest of Orlando and it’s on the path between Orlando and Tampa.
Terry and Georgiann Browne own the bar.
In 2005 the couple bought the bar with plans of renovating it but encountered unforeseen issues.
That means they’ve already owned it for over a decade at the time of the Lucky Leprechaun Bar Rescue visit.
However, the couple does not see eye to eye on the business.
They have experienced so many problems they ended up divorcing.
Terry is rude and hustles the customers in playing pool.
Although the couple is divorced, they still live and work with each other, which is awkward to say the least.
With mounting debt, the couple is only months away from being forced to shut down the bar.
Mixologist Phil Wills and Chef Vic Vega join Jon Taffer to help save the Lucky Leprechaun.
The men like the bar’s name but don’t think it is a genuine ‘saloon.’
While they look in the windows, Jon Taffer tells the experts about the owners.
The kitchen has a fryer, but no one is cooking, and a customer has brought in food from outside.
The bar is also full of smokers, leaving a haze in the air.
Terry is over by the pool tables betting money even though he loses $2,000 per month on the bar.
Jon sends Vic into the saloon and is tasked with getting Terry to play a game of pool with him.
Vic orders a Guinness, which is served cold.
Not what you’d expect from an Irish saloon…
Cay is the bartender, and Vic orders some appetizers from her for female patrons at the bar.
The female patrons talk to Vic about the bar, and Terry takes Vic’s offer to play a game of pool.
The food arrives and is too greasy to eat.
Vic goes to play the game with Terry, but then Jon Taffer comes into the bar to stop the game.
It is illegal to gamble in a bar. Terry is made to pay back everyone he hustled that day.
Jon tells the owner and the customers he will not fix the bar until Terry changes his attitude.
That evening a staff meeting occurs.
The staff confides in Jon that Terry is the main problem with the bar, and he drives customers away.
Employees also tell Jon Taffer that Terry micromanages them and is disorganized.
Terry finds his behavior funny.
Terry talks to his staff and decides to change.
Jon challenges Terry to not curse for two days.
Jon promises to put in a smoke filtration system so customers can smoke in the bar if Terry can refrain.
Phil Wills trains the staff on simple cocktails.
Since there is no kitchen team, the bar staff work the kitchen.
The menu is kept simple, with Vic showing them a hot dog steamed in beer.
Georgiann can’t read her handwriting during the stress test and has to retake orders.
The bar dumps many drinks as they return to their old ways.
Cay then notices none of the servers have been ringing in drinks, and no one has paid.
Soon the bar runs out of glasses and has to be shut down.
When it comes to renovating the bar’s space, Jon Taffer wants to make the pool tables the center of the bar.
Since Terry refrained from smoking Jon will install the air purifier.
It is time for the relaunch, and Jon reveals the bar’s new name.
While he kept the “lucky” part, he changed it from Lucky Leprechaun to Lucky’s Corner Pocket: Bar and Billiards.
They are given new POS machines as well as draft beer systems.
Customers are let in for the relaunch, and everyone is happy.
Cay does great managing the bar.
Terry doesn’t hustle or curse. The evening is a success.
So was the Lucky Leprechaun Bar Rescue episode a long-term success?
Keep reading our update to learn what happened next and if this Davenport, FL bar is still open in 2023.
Lucky's Corner Pocket Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Lucky’s Corner Pocket Bar Rescue visit, let’s talk about what happened to the bar after Jon Taffer and his crew left Davenport, FL.
First off, Georgiann seemed very happy with the Bar Rescue renovation at Lucky’s Corner Pocket.
All in all, the show invested nearly $80,000 into renovating the bar according to a local news article.
As is always the case, the bar didn’t have to spend anything for these renovations – everything is covered by Jon Taffer and the show.
Sales at the bar also seem to be doing very well.
At the normal six-week check-in with the Bar Rescue producers, we learn that sales at the bar are up by more than 30%.
The new hotdogs are selling like hot cakes, too.
Terry has also moved out of the house, which means Georgiann has her own space.
So would the bar’s success continue? Let’s find out…
First, let’s take a look at some reviews after Jon Taffer’s visit, and then I’ll talk about where the bar is now.
Lucky’s Corner Pocket reviews after Bar Rescue
Overall, Lucky’s Corner Pocket had a 3.5 star rating on its Yelp page.
I’d say that’s pretty much average – neither bad nor good.
Here’s a sampling of a few Lucky’s Corner Pocket reviews that were written after the visit from Jon Taffer…
4 star Yelp review from December 2018:
I love a good dive bar!
When I travel, I love to find cool little places like this with locals.
If you’re looking for pool, darts, and drinks, then that’s EXACTLY what you’ll get here.
The bartender is pretty sweet too.
5 star Yelp review from May 2018:
Absolutely love this bar and staff!!
Very friendly regulars.
Been a regular myself for a couple of years now and have my drink ready for me at the bar after I’ve said my hellos to everyone!!
No smoking Monday-Thursday which is great as my teenage sons love to play pool on 1 of the 7 fantastic pool tables.
Great place to meet new people and hang out for some fun!!
Very welcoming bar!
1 star Yelp review from May 2017:
Bar rescue revitalized this bar.
They went non smoking which made it a pleasure to sit and enjoy a beverage without the haze and smell.
Came in tonight and the smoking and haze was back.
No longer a place to enjoy a relaxing beverage.
Will be looking for another place to relax and drink.. Bar rescue.you failed.
Is Lucky’s Corner Pocket from Bar Rescue still open?
Lucky’s Corner Pocket closed for good at the end of 2018, which means that it survived for around 1.5 years after the Lucky’s Corner Pocket Bar Rescue visit from Jon Taffer.
Georgiann Browne, the Lucky Leprechaun owner, seems to have sold the bar to new owners.
She also seems happy about the decision that she made.
As of 2023, the old Lucky’s Corner Pocket Davenport, FL location is occupied by a new billiards bar named Fireside Lounge and Billiards.
Here’s what the old Lucky Leprechaun Davenport FL location looks like in the most recent Google Maps street view picture:
This new bar opened immediately after Lucky’s Corner Pocket – I believe Georgiann sold the bar to them because the transition happened very fast (and it still has the pool tables).
If you’re in the Davenport, FL area and you want to check it out, you can learn more at the Fireside Lounge Facebook page.
It seems like they also have regular karaoke in addition to the pool tables.
What happened to Georgiann Browne (the owner)?
As of 2023, Georgiann sold her house in Florida and is now living in New York, so it seems like she waved goodbye to Florida in addition to Lucky’s Corner Pocket.
Overall, it seems like Lucky’s Corner Pocket didn’t “fail” in the sense that the Lucky Leprechaun Bar Rescue episode wasn’t able to improve the bar.
Rather, Georgiann just wanted to leave the bar business/Florida (as far as I can tell).
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Last updated: 2023-03-07 06:43