Nick’s House Bar Rescue Update (Y-Not III) – Still Open in 2022?

Is Nick's House still open in 2022?

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

Season: 4 | View All Season 4 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: December 7, 2014
The Bar's Original Name Was: Y-Not III
Nick's House Address: 1854 E Kenilworth Pl Milwaukee, WI 53202

Nick's House Bar Rescue Update (Y-Not III)

Episode Recap

Y-Not III, later renamed Nick’s House, was a Milwaukee, Wisconsin bar that was featured on Season 4 of Bar Rescue. Though the Nick’s House Bar Rescue episode aired in December 2014, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that in early 2014.

It was Season 4 Episode 9 and the episode name was “Spoiled Brat Party” .

Y-Not III is a bar located in Milwaukee, WI.

Tony DePalma is the owner of all the Y-Not bars. As you can tell from the name, this is the third Y-Not bar.

Personally, I think the name sucks and I find it confusing, so I’m not really surprised that Y-Not III made an appearance on Bar Rescue.

Tony’s daughter Monica owns a bar called Monica’s on Aster, and his son, Nick, was given the keys to Y-Not III after his graduation.

Nick doesn’t have the skills his sister does to run the bar.

Nick has started promotions to bring in customers like burlesque shows. 

Nick says about six months are left in the bar if things continue this way.

Y-Not III is a large bar with two floors, so there’s plenty of space for customers if the bar can bring them in.

Monica, Nick’s sister, has put $20,000 of her own money into the bar, so she also has a vested interest in it being successful.

The bar is out of control, though. Customers routinely receive free shots from the bartenders, but Nick avoids confrontation. This is lost money for the bar, so he really needs to find a way to put his foot down.

Jon Taffer comes in and asks Nick the last time he made money, and Nick says it’s been a while.

Nick closes the bar so Jon can have a staff meeting.

Nick has had many shots at the bar that night, so he’s not quite sober.

Monica tells Jon Nick has asked for money multiple times over the years.

Jon leaves the bar after calling Nick pathetic, which is classic Jon style.

Jon brings in expert mixologist Mia Mastroianni to help rescue Y-Not III.

She teaches the staff a drink called Mint Collins.

She also teaches them The Creamsicle.

Mia tells the team to order a drink, and Nick will make all of them.

Nick’s heart isn’t in it, though.

Jon tells Nick he needs to prove himself, or Jon will not remodel the bar. 

There are empty glasses all over the bar because Nick hasn’t kept up with them.

Nick finally begins to show effort.

Angelica, the bartender, is doing a great job, and Jon tells her she has the capabilities of turning the bar around.

Jon tells Nick he has failed and orders him to shut down the bar for the evening. Nick says he is over the bar business. 

Nick tells the staff he will step back from the bar, and Angelica takes over as manager.

Mia then meets with the team to show them how to use shakers correctly.

She teaches them Smirnoff Sours and shows them how to make a shot with a small slice of watermelon. 

After the renovations, Jon meets with the staff to show them the improved bar. 

As part of the remodel, Jon Taffer changed the bar’s name from the weird Y-Not III name to Nick’s House, which is much easier to remember.

The theme of the bar is the 1970s.

Nick opens the bar for the first time since the renovations.

Angelica gets a bit overwhelmed but ends up handling the night excellently.

The bar staff is thriving. Nick is much happier and hands the keys over to Angelica. 

Nick's House Update - What Happened Next?

So – was the Nick’s House Bar Rescue episode a success? Let’s talk about what happened after Jon Taffer left Milwaukee.

At first, things were going great.

Six weeks after Taffer’s visits, the bar’s sales had more than doubled, which is huge for business.

This extra revenue has allowed Nick to pay back his sister the $20k that he borrowed from her, so it should also improve family relations.

The bar had mixed reviews – around a 3.5 star rating on Yelp – but business generally seemed to be going ok.

Is Nick’s House from Bar Rescue still open?

Nick’s House closed for good in 2016, about two years after it appeared on Bar Rescue. The bar closed because the building was sold to a real estate investment firm who quickly demolished the building to turn it into a sculpture garden.

You can see pictures of the demolition in this article from The Milwaukee Record.

When we checked Google Maps street view in 2022, the lot still seemed to be empty, though. It just looks like a parking lot for nearby buildings.

We’re not sure if that’s because Google Maps hasn’t updated its photos or if there was some delay putting in the sculpture garden.

Either way, we’re confident in reporting that Nick’s House from Bar Rescue is permanently closed.

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Last updated: 2022-01-29 01:20

4 thoughts on “Nick’s House Bar Rescue Update (Y-Not III) – Still Open in 2022?”

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  1. Jon Taffer did all he could to revive this bar. The problem was Tony’s inability to do anything good enough to help the bar succeed. Nick was the good father and did not want to upset Tony. Long term success was not going to happen as long as Tony was involved.

    • Tony is the name if the 70+ Patriarch who started this bar brand in 1970 and gave his numb nuts son, Nick, the family bar legacy with a bar to run on his own , which Nick ran into the ground. Putting the keys and the management responsibilities on their cousin, Angelica, was a great business decision, especially if Nick really backs out and lets her run and make it a success. The 6 week numbers of a 200% increase in sales seemed to prove the change was effective. Supposedly the landlord eventually pulled the shag rug out from these party bar owners feet, and demolished the place to make a parking lot under the guise of a sculpture park. Cue the turntable to play this 60/70’s Joni Mitchell song to commemorate the fall of this cool retro bar…
      They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

        • it all makes sense to me. The dad owned the building, was in his 70’s, most likely got at least a cool million for a piece of property he owned that was more of a headache than a money maker…yep. I would have sold it, too. The dude needed to retire.


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