Oak Tavern Bar Rescue Update (The Bullpen) – Open or Closed?

Is Oak Tavern still open in 2022?

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

Season: 4 | View All Season 4 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: June 28, 2015
The Bar's Original Name Was: The Bullpen at Aspen Glen
Oak Tavern Address: 5215 Vista Blvd Sparks, NV 89434

Oak Tavern Bar Rescue

Episode Recap

The Oak Tavern Bar Rescue episode aired in June 2015 during Season 4 of Bar Rescue. The episode name was “Take Me Out to the Bar Game”.

Originally known as The Bullpen at Aspen Glen, Oak Tavern was a bar located in Sparks, Nevada.

The bar was owned and opened by Dan Serafini, a former MLB baseball player.

Dan opened the bar as a change of pace after losing a significant amount of money in a divorce and some bad investments.

At first, The Bullpen Bar was doing quite well and had steady customers.

However, Dan started to become less hands-on at the bar, which led to things going downhill and bartenders taking advantage of the bar to use it as their own party house.

In order to turn things around for The Bullpen, Dan decided to call in Bar Rescue and Jon Taffer.

Jon initially had trouble even finding The Bullpen because its outside signage was so small.

Additionally, he wasn’t a fan of the layout inside the bar and the broken smoke ventilator meant it was way too smoky.

After observing the bar for a time, Jon went in and chastised Dan for basically letting his employees run the place.

It’s no wonder the bar was losing money when the bartenders were drinking whatever they wanted and not doing a good job.

Jon introduced new rules to organize the bar, such as a drinks production average (DPA) to make sure bartenders are on pace and doing their jobs.

In the stress test, only one bartender was unable to improve their DPA score (Wynter), which led to Dan, the Oak Tavern owner, firing her.

In addition to improving the staff and organization, Jon Taffer also did a full remodel of the bar with new signage and an improved interior aesthetic.

As part of the remodel, Jon changed the bar’s name from The Bullpen at Aspen Glen to Oak Tavern, which is what the bar continued to use after the Bar Rescue episode.

Oak Tavern Update - What Happened Next?

The Oak Tavern Bar Rescue update happened in March 2015, even though the episode didn’t air until June 28.

The Oak Tavern owners seemed pretty happy about the remodel.

On Facebook, they posted that “we are beyond grateful to the Bar Rescue team for our beautiful new bar”.

Additionally, they kept the new name (Oak Tavern) and stuck with Jon’s remodel choices.

After the update, reviews were mixed but the bar generally seemed to be doing ok.

If you check the Yelp page, you’d see both positive and negative reviews, though a lot of one-star reviews were dragging the place down.

This mixed reaction was a good sign of things to come.

Oak Tavern was up and running through at least 2019.

However, Yelp has recently reported that Oak Tavern is closed for good.

We’re unable to find more details about Oak Tavern closing, but it seems like it dropped off the face of the earth, with no activity on its Facebook page since December 2017.

In 2017, the Facebook page was quite active with events, but there’s been nothing since then.

There have been a trickle of reviews for the bar since 2017, but many of them mention that the bar seems to be closed all of the time. For example, consider this review from January 2022:

This place is NEVER open. Despite the “open” signs posted on Los Altos and Vista AND on the business itself. I’ll stop by weekdays after 12pm and weekends up until 10pm and it’s still never open. I’m only going by because of the signs posted on the street, or else I wouldn’t bat an eye to the place. This is false advertising at its finest.

Unfortunately, while Oak Tavern was able to keep things going for at least four years after Bar Rescue, it seems like Oak Tavern and The Bullpen at Aspen Glen are officially gone for now.

I wish I knew more about what happened to the bar, though.

If you know anything about the bar, please let me know in the comments.

Additionally, if you know what’s happening with the Oak Tavern Sparks, Nevada location, please let me know that too.

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Last updated: 2022-06-30 07:51

2 thoughts on “Oak Tavern Bar Rescue Update (The Bullpen) – Open or Closed?”

    • Can you ask them why they have it marked as closed on Yelp? I also see reviews from people saying that the bar is always closed, though it does seem like other people still go there.

      I will update this post when I get more information.


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