MT Bottles and Cans Bar Rescue Update – Open or Closed?

Is MT Bottle still open in 2022?

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

Season: 3 | View All Season 3 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: November 10, 2013
The Bar's Original Name Was: Bottles and Cans
MT Bottle Address: 3940 Shelbyville Hwy Murfreesboro, TN 37127

MT Bottles and Cans Bar Rescue

Episode Recap

Bottles and Cans, originally MT Bottle, was a Murfreesboro, Tennessee bar featured on Season 3 of Bar Rescue.

The bar was originally owned and founded by Tracy Bigford.

Tracy is married to Gina Bigford, who Tracy originally hired to manage the MT Bottle bar but later ended up marrying. It seems like he made a good decision there!

At the beginning, the bar only served beer.

You know how Jon Taffer loves his cocktail mixologists, so you can bet he wasn’t happy about this limitation.

The MT Bottle bar also had a weird policy where patrons could bring their own bottles, which meant that patrons would bring their own beer instead of buying from MT Bottle.

Things were getting so bad that Gina had to take a full-time job just to keep things afloat.

What’s more, MT Bottle lacks a liquor license and was more than $250,000 in debt.

Those issues mean MT Bottle definitely needed some help from Jon Taffer and Bar Rescue.

To recon the bar, Jon sent in two locals, Rick and Jim.

The two are regulars and were greeted by the bartender by name.

One weird thing is that patrons can pay $5 to see the bartenders boobs, which is obviously stretching the rules a bit.

What’s more, Rick and Jim are just sitting there drinking their own beers, which means MT Bottle isn’t making any money off their visit.

Eventually, Jon has seen enough and he heads in.

Here, he’s incredibly generous as he offers to help MT Bottle get its liquor license from his own money if needed.

That’s such a nice gesture from Jon – he really cares about helping the bars on Bar Rescue.

However, it wasn’t all wholesale. Jon reminded them that it’s illegal to pay for boob shows and he was frustrated with the general uncleanliness of the building.

Jon also had the standing water removed and tested for black mold, which is definitely something you don’t want to see in a bar.

Once Jon Taffer finally got the liquor license for the bar, he had Russell teach the bartenders how to make cocktails and was generally optimistic that selling liquor would be just what the bar needed to improve its bottom line.

As part of the relaunch, Jon also rebranded the bar from MT Bottle bar to Bottles and Cans bar.

MT Bottle Update - What Happened Next?

After rebranding from MT Bottle to Bottles and Cans, the new Bottles and Cans bar seemed to be doing well after Jon’s visit.

Jon left in 2013 and the bar seemed to be doing great.

Reviews were more positive and customers were happy (though the reviews still weren’t perfect). What’s more, the liquor license helped Tracy and Gina earn more money and get back in the black.

Jon Taffer then returned to the Bottles and Cans bar in 2016 during the Season 4 Back to the Bar: Empty Pockets episode.

He solved some issues that the bar had, but things were generally still going well.

However, MT Bottle/Bottles and Cans eventually closed in December 2019, which means the bar had a solid six-year run after its first appearance on Bar Rescue.

Tracy Bigford, the owner, passed away in April 2019, so it’s likely that had something to do with the closure. RIP, Tracy.

It’s an unfortunate situation for sure, as it’s tough for a bar to continue on without its owner.

In the obituary, it was noted that “Mr. Bigford was the owner and operator of M T Bottle Bar on Highway 231 for 11 years”, which is a great run for any bar.

During the closure, MT Bottles and Cans was listed for sale and ended up selling for around ~$325,000, though the purchase was more for the real estate than the bar.

As of 2022, the old MT Bottle Murfreesboro, TN location is occupied by a Domino’s Pizza.

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Last updated: 2022-05-20 06:53

2 thoughts on “MT Bottles and Cans Bar Rescue Update – Open or Closed?”

  1. I just seen the episode of this, this morning at home. looked it up and found out about the death. So sad after i thought he was doing good. Did not realize it was 2013 thow Jon helped him out. I pray for god above to be with the rest of everybody that worked there for year’s to come.

  2. So sorry to hear about Mr. Bigfird ( the owner). Did i like the episode with M T Bottles.
    After Bar R rescue was there the bar looked great.


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