(keep reading to learn what happened)
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Original Episode Air Date: May 4, 2014
The Bar's Original Name Was: Mary's Outpost
Thirsty's Roadside Bar Address: 1002 S Great Sw Pkwy Grand Prairie, TX 75051
Mary’s Outpost, later renamed to Thirsty’s Roadside Bar, was a Grand Prairie, Texas bar that was featured on Season 3 of Bar Rescue.
Though the Mary’s Outpost Bar Rescue episode aired in May 2014, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that.
It was Season 3 Episode 39 and the episode name was “Scary Mary’s”.
Mary’s Outpost is located in Grand Prairie, TX.
Grand Prairie is a suburb in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. In fact, it’s smack dab right in between Dallas and Fort Worth, with a population of around 175,000 people.
The owners are good friends Bill and Joe, who opened the bar in 2009. That means they’ve been running it for around five years at the time of the Mary’s Outpost Bar Rescue visit.
Bill’s personality helped bring customers into the bar.
They were making almost five thousand a month.
Bill met his wife Kimmie at the bar, now the general manager.
Kimmie is not a fan of the bartender Pinky who undermines her.
Bill and Pinkie party in the bar with the customers but scare off newer patrons.
The bar is in debt and close to closing its doors for good if they can’t turn things around.
Mixologist Lisamarie Joyce and chef Tiffany Derry join Jon Taffer to help rescue Mary’s Outpost.
The outside of the bar is dull. The experts and Jon watch as Bill flirts with women in front of his wife.
Lisamarie Joyce and a friend are going to spy on the bar.
Inside, Rachel serves them warm beers.
The female spies also order a burger and fries, but Lisamarie is forced to spit her food out when it arrives.
Bill invited the girls into the back office and flirts with them.
Jon storms in when Bill orders the women to take off their tops, which is totally inappropriate.
The spies and Jon let Bill know how sleazy they think he is.
Jon meets with the staff the next day and informs them about Bill’s behavior in the back office.
Kimmie confronts Bill, and he apologizes and promises to change.
The bar is dirty and moldy, they have no POS system, and the draft beer system is terrible.
There is a lot of gunk in the kitchen, and a hair straightener is plugged in.
Elena is the cook, and the staff is made to clean the bar and the kitchen.
Chef Tiffany trains the kitchen to make a roast chicken and roast beef sandwich.
Lisamarie tests the team on cocktails, and they make them too slow.
Jon brings in many women for the stress test to make sure Bill behaves himself.
In a positive turn of events, Bill is being helpful and taking care of the patrons.
There is tension between Pinkie and Kimmie, but Kimmie still manages.
Chef Tiffany has to help the cooks in the kitchen, and Pinkie messes up.
Jon gives the staff feedback and tells them they lack communication.
Kimmie comes clean about Pinkie; she wants her gone.
That is when Bill steps up and fires her.
Bill gives Kimmie more power, and the first thing they have to do is hire a server to take Pinkie’s place.
Lisamarie trains the staff on two new drinks.
While the drinks and food are getting an upgrade, Jon Taffer and his team work on renovating Mary’s Outpost.
As part of the changes, Jon renames the bar to Thirsty’s Roadside Bar.
Sponsors such as 360 Wraps helped to warm up the interior with bright colors.
Brandi has hired a new server, and Kimmie is feeling more confident.
The relaunch is a success.
Brandi is an excellent addition to the team, and Bill is helping out.
So was the Thirsty’s Roadside Bar visit a success? Keep on readin’…
Thirsty's Roadside Bar Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Mary’s Outpost Bar Rescue visit, let’s talk about what happened to the bar after Jon Taffer left Texas.
Things started off well, as food sales at the bar were way up.
Bill is also trying to be more respectful to women.
However, Bill and Joe didn’t love all of Taffer’s changes, as they ditched the Thirsty’s Roadside Bar name and went back to Mary’s Outpost.
Is Mary’s Outpost from Bar Rescue still open?
As of 2022, Mary’s Outpost is still open and serving customers in Grand Prairie, TX. However, it’s doing it under the original name – Mary’s Outpost – rather than the new Thirsty’s Roadside Bar name that Jon Taffer gave the bar.
Reviews generally praise it as a solid dive bar. People like the karaoke and pool tables. They also praise the laid-back atmosphere, which is what any good dive bar should have.
People do note that there’s a lot of cigarette smoke, though, so non-smokers don’t always seem happy.
If you want to learn more or see the menu, you can check out the official Mary’s Outpost website.
If you’re in the area, they have karaoke four nights a week – Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.
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Last updated: 2022-02-17 07:06