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Season: 3 | View All Season 3 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: August 11, 2013
The Bar's Original Name Was: Characters Quarters
MoonRunners Saloon Address: 1506 US Hwy 70 W Garner, NC 27529
Characters, later renamed MoonRunners Saloon, was a Garner, North Carolina bar that was featured on Season 3 of Bar Rescue. Though the MoonRunners Bar Rescue episode aired in August 2013, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that in early 2013.
It was Season 3 Episode 16 and the episode name was “Characters Assassination” .
In this episode, Jon Taffer visits Characters Quarters in Garner, North Carolina.
Garner is located just a little bit South of Raleigh, which is the home of North Carolina State University.
Guy is the owner, and he moved to the state in 2010.
He has hired his sister Alex to work at the bar.
At first, they were trendy, but the theme started bringing in more families and children.
Guy spent around $350,000 to get things up and running, but the bar was bringing in $80,000 per month so it was worth the money.
Now, things have pivoted and the bar is losing $3,000 per month, which is why he’s asking for help from Jon in the Characters Quarters Bar Rescue episode.
Guy takes his anger out on his staff and his sister. He has fired his sister three times, but his parents won’t allow it.
Chef Brian Duffy and expert mixologist Russell Davis help Jon rescue the bar.
The exterior does not make it clear that this is a bar, which is problem #1.
Jon watches footage of Guy yelling at his sister until she cries. It’s not a good situation.
To get a hands-on look, Jon sends in locals as spies.
They order Tom Collins and a whiskey sour.
The food is not southern style. Alex is not sure what sides come with what dishes. The dish they order is sweeter than it should be.
Jon reminds them they are in the south, not New York.
He tells Guy he is bullying his sister when training her.
Jon tells the siblings they have to work on their relationship.
Jon comes in the next day to meet with the staff.
Guy is very defensive when the staff begins to complain.
The team wears costumes, and Jon wants to get rid of them, but they need them for the stress test.
There are just generally problems all around…
The freezer in the kitchen has exposed, unsafe to cook meats.
The menu has 55 items, but they only make money off of 5, so the extra 50 menu items just add complexity and make it difficult to keep ingredients in stock.
Chef Brian trains the staff on how to make a proper burger.
Russell trains Alex and the bartenders how to make three different drinks simultaneously.
The stress test is ready to begin, and Guy lets the customers in the bar.
The kitchen is busy, and they try their best to keep up.
Guy makes Alex cry, so he has to give her a pep talk.
Things go down hill and the bar can’t handle it. The stress test fails and it’s clear that Characters Quarters needs a lot of work.
Whitney is fired after the test because she was too slow and the costumes are gone the next day.
Russell trains the staff on making a moonshine cocktail and a drink with an atomizer.
Chef Brian teaches the staff southern comfort food like mac and cheese.
The team gathers thirty-six hours later to see the renovations.
In addition to a brand new look, Jon renames the bar from Characters Quarters to MoonRunners Saloon.
The bar is influenced by moonshine and prohibition, which is a big shift from the old theme.
Inside looks classy with warm, rustic features. There are pictures of arrested bootleggers on the walls.
There is also a moonshine distillery. The staff wears new denim uniforms instead of the old costumes.
They take time to set up, and Guy lets the customers in for the relaunch.
The customers love that the restaurant is now a Southern-themed bar.
Alex is doing well and is showing confidence.
The kitchen keeps up with all of the work, and Alex has been easier on his sister.
MoonRunners Saloon Update - What Happened Next?
So – was the MoonRunners Saloon Bar Rescue episode a success? Let’s talk about what happened after Jon Taffer left Garner, North Carolina.
Thing started off very strong. One month later the sales are almost up by 50%, which makes a huge dent in the bar’s losses.
Overall, Guy and his family are feeling good about the future of the bar.
Is MoonRunners Saloon from Bar Rescue still open?
As of 2022, MoonRunners Saloon is still open and serving customers in Garner, North Carolina. Reviews for the bar are quite good, as it has a 4 star rating on Yelp and 4.5 star rating on TripAdvisor.
If you want to learn more or see the MoonRunners Saloon menu, you can check out the official MoonRunners website.
MoonRunners Saloon is doing more than just surviving, though. They’re also expanding.
In late 2016, they launched the official MoonRunners Saloon Food Truck, which serves the Raleigh area.
It serves up “MoonRunners specialties with moonshine dips and sauce”.
What happened to Alex from MoonRunners?
A lot of people are wondering what happened to Alex from the MoonRunners Bar Rescue visit.
As far as I can tell, Alex went back to school at Wake Technical Community College and got a four-year degree in social work from 2015-2019. She also got married at some point during this time.
Because of this, I’m pretty confident that she no longer works at MoonRunners, though I can’t 100% confirm this.
I’m basing this on her LinkedIn page.
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Last updated: 2022-04-19 07:13