(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 6 | View All Season 6 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: June 17, 2018
The Bar's Original Name Was: No Name Saloon
No Name Saloon Address: 2001 S Ridgewood Ave Edgewater, FL 32141
No Name Saloon was an Edgewater, Florida bar that was featured on Season 6 of Bar Rescue.
Though the No Name Saloon Bar Rescue episode aired in June 2018, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that.
It was Season 6 Episode 14 and the episode name was “Father Knows Best”.
The creatively named No Name Saloon is located in Edgewater, FL.
Jim Kelly is the owner who bought the bar in 2012.
That means he’s owned it for around six years at the time of the No Name Saloon Bar Rescue visit.
His plan is for his daughter, Susan, to one day run the bar.
The bar once hosted an Oktoberfest that had 10,000 people, so it’s proven that it can do big business.
Before Jim bought the bar, it was closed for years.
Hurricane Matthew damaged the owner’s home, and now they live in an apartment above the bar.
The owner is having a difficult time with the renovations for the bar.
They are also in severe mounting debt, which is why they need help from Jon Taffer.
Expert bartender Lisamarie Joyce and Chef Ryan Scott join Jon Taffer on this bar rescue.
The bar is filthy and is too much of a biker bar that nonbikers will not feel comfortable there.
Jim is at the bar with his wife, Melonie.
Susan has tension with her father because she thinks she is ready for the bar, but he does not.
The bartenders and servers are dressed in corsets.
Lisamarie doesn’t believe that is practical as they need to be able to move.
The bartenders are Jessica and Brandy, and Kevin is the barback.
Jon has a bar magazine editor named Art, and his friend spy on the bar.
The spies ask for a cocktail menu but are told they don’t have one.
Instead, the server suggests a cocktail that is too sweet.
The spies also order a Philly cheesesteak sandwich and a chicken sandwich.
In the kitchen, Bob, the cook, uses dirty towels while he is cooking.
Jim catches customers having intercourse in the restroom and promptly removes them.
Lol, that’s a first for Bar Rescue as far as I know.
Art sends the chicken back because it is too chewy to eat.
The cheesesteak is too greasy.
Jim gives the spies a refund but not an apology.
Jon enters the bar and talks to Jim and his wife.
Jim tells him that both he and his wife are both cancer survivors.
The next day Jon returns to the bar to find out why the bar is failing.
The staff admits to drinking alcohol while on the job.
Jim admits to looking the other way when the team does this.
The customers are also drawing graphic images on the walls, which doesn’t exactly help with the bar’s atmosphere.
Chef Ryan Scott sees they are overstocked with food.
He also trains them to make a Philly cheesesteak with chicken and drained oil.
Lisamarie trains the staff on creating a balanced margarita.
She also informs the female servers and bartenders they do not need the corset for the stress test.
The food is not being ticketed the correct way. Bob is overwhelmed cooking during the stress test.
There is no workstation and only one POS system.
Jon shuts down the bar. Susan tells Jon she wishes her parents would trust her more.
Jim and Susan agree to a year timeline to hand over the bar.
The bar is made to look more contemporary and high-end.
There is a signature wall with markers to discourage vandalism.
The bar is given new uniforms and POS systems.
However, unlike a lot of other bars, Jon Taffer opted to keep the original name of No Name Saloon instead of changing it.
Susan does well during the relaunch.
The night is a success and things seem to be looking up for the bar.
So was the No Name Saloon Bar Rescue episode a success?
Keep reading our update to learn what happened and how the bar is doing in 2023 and beyond.
No Name Saloon Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the No Name Saloon Bar Rescue episode, let’s talk about what happened after Jon Taffer and his crew left Edgewater, FL.
Six weeks later, sales have increased, which is a good sign for the bar.
Susan is doing well and looks ready to take over the bar on the timeline that they agreed upon in the show.
Is No Name Saloon from Bar Rescue still open?
As of 2023, No Name Saloon is temporarily closed while the owners work through a lawsuit with the former owner of the No Name Saloon Edgewater FL.
I’m not sure if this will turn into a more permanent closure as it’s been “temporary” closed for around nine months now.
If it doesn’t reopen, I will mark No Name Saloon as closed.
However, I’m not marking it as closed yet for reasons that I will explain below.
First off, you can see the June 1 2022 post about the temporary closure on the No Name Saloon Facebook page here:
No Name Saloon is currently closed as we deal with some property issues.
We are working quickly to get them resolved and will reopen again soon.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
We will post an update shortly.
Here’s a screenshot of the Facebook post in case it gets deleted:
So it seems like the bar had to temporarily close because of issues with the property.
However, the plan is to transfer the bar’s property to the No Name Saloon owner. Once that happens, the bar will reopen.
Since it’s been so long, I thought that the bar was done for.
It’s also marked as permanently closed on Google now.
However, there was a recent update from March 2023 in which the No Name Saloon owners still seem to have plans to reopen.
In response to a question on that post from above, they said this:
we are closed right now, we are in the middle of a lawsuit with the guy we purchased it from 10 years ago.
Since the owners are still holding out hope to reopen this after the lawsuit, I’m not marking No Name Saloon closed quite yet.
However, I will switch this to closed if it goes too long without any progress.
Here’s a screenshot of that comment in case it gets deleted:
Here’s what the No Name Saloon Edgewater FL location looks like in the most recent Google Maps street view update…
This picture is from July 2022, so it’s after the “temporary” closure started.
Reviews for the bar are ok but not great, as it has a 3.5 star rating on both Yelp and TripAdvisor.
The Google Reviews are a little better, where it has a 4.2 star rating.
Here’s a sampling of a few reviews that were written after the visit from Jon Taffer…
3 star review from July 2018:
I was working on Bar Rescue when they filmed the bar they have a huge outdoor area where they have bands plus lots of seating.
Don’t worry about parking there is plenty.
The inside is really nice after Bar Rescue remodeled the place.
It’s a local bar and very popular it was the biggest crowds I’ve ever seen for filming.
I guess there packed during the Daytona motorcycle rally.
The Owners were really nice and they have food n drink specials.
If your in the area stop in it’s a pretty famous bar.
5 star review from March 2022:
Marina is the best bar tender.
We came from California in hopes that we would find a place with good ambient.
She made it happen.
If even again in florida I will come back to this place just in hopes that I would encounter her again.
We came back at night and the white Mach with glasses just wasn’t it.
Marina in the mid day morning and evening just was the best.. suggestion of drinks and everything else was perfection.
Good job marina
1 star review from April 2019:
If you want a place filled with cigarette smoke, loud obnoxious people and music this is for you.
The chicken wings are great, thankfully.
The outside area is interesting and fun looking but inside is dark and smoky.
May be ok for hanging out if you like to smoke.
While the reviews are decent, the bar has had some security issues.
A few months after the Bar Rescue visit, there was a shooting at No Name Saloon that ended with a man being killed.
The shooting seems to have been the result of an altercation outside the bar, where one man was “bouncing” another man’s car.
The man inside the car told him to stop and, when he didn’t, he ended up fatally shooting him.
The man who shot the other man claims it was self defense as he was being punched.
However, the shooter was eventually found guilt of manslaughter with a firearm in 2019 – you can learn more in this article.
The No Name Saloon Bar Rescue Lawsuit
One interesting detail about No Name Saloon is that it was the cause of a lawsuit against the Bar Rescue show.
It wasn’t the No Name Saloon owner who sued.
Instead, it was the family of the man killed outside the bar who sued Bar Rescue.
They claimed that Bar Rescue failed to create a safe environment after rescuing the bar…which seems like a bit of a stretch given that the altercation and shooting happened outside the bar.
I can’t find anything about the lawsuit being resolved, so I’m not sure what happened with it.
You can read more about it in this article from a local publication.
Despite those issues, No Name Saloon seems to still be doing ok, as long as the closure really is temporary.
If anything changes, I’ll be sure to update this post.
If you want to see some other Edgewater / Orlando Bar Rescue episodes, you can check out these posts:
- Murphy’s Arcade / Throwbacks update
- Copper Rocket update
- Rockin’ Rhonda’s Neighborhood Bar update
- Lake House / Sidelines Sports Grill update
Or, you can check out my full post of all 26+ Florida Bar Rescue episodes as of 2023.
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Last updated: 2023-03-25 06:21