(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 4 | View All Season 4 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: November 8, 2015
The Bar's Original Name Was: Filling Station Pub
Off Base Bar Address: 9522 Miramar Rd San Diego, CA 92126
Filling Station Pub, later renamed to Off Base Bar, was a San Diego, California bar that was featured on Season 4 of Bar Rescue.
Though the Filling Station Bar Rescue episode aired in November 2015, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that.
It was Season 4 Episode 37 and the episode name was “Big Sister’s Watching”.
Around 2003, Sissy Xue decided to immigrate to California to give her son better education.
After saving for a decade, she was able to open her own bar and decided to call it Filling Station Pub.
The location of the bar provided it a big advantage as it was right in front of the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.
At first, the bar was working great, its monthly revenue was near $60,000.
Since a lot of military personnel were regular customers of the bar Sissy hired a lot of female bartenders to increase the clientele.
Makes sense, right? Marines like ladies.
Due to being inexperienced the bartenders were working less and joking around more.
This behavior didn’t go unnoticed by Sissy and she started firing employees on the spot.
To keep a closer eye she installed 16 CCTV footage cameras and whenever someone would commit even a little mistake she would either berate them or kick them out.
Sissy started neglecting all the other duties of the bar and kept firing employees, all of this resulted in poor service and inconsistent staff workers.
The bar’s reputation went down the drain and it stopped making any profits.
This probed Sissy to finally seek the help of the Bar Rescue team to salvage her dying bar and it’s why we had the joy of watching the Filling Station Bar Rescue episode.
As soon as Jon Taffer arrived, he noticed how uninviting the exterior of the bar was.
To get more info he sent famous radio hosts Dave Palet and Mike Costa inside.
They ordered Long Island Iced Tea but the bartender made them some other pink-colored drinks.
This was enough for them to conclude that bartenders don’t know how to make cocktails.
When Taffer entered he saw some of the workers taking shots in the bathroom even the owner Sissy was busy drinking with the customers.
To ignore Taffer’s questioning, she quickly started saying bad things about her staff and said they were the reason behind the bar’s failure.
However, Jon Taffer made it very clear that she was equally to blame.
In the stress test, Jon even included Xue and her mopping the floor when the kitchen drain wasn’t working.
After that, her behavior towards her employees changed and she became more respectful.
In the new menu, sandwiches and popular cocktails were added.
After the renovation, the pub was given a new name “Off Base Bar”.
From wooden bar top to comfortable sofa everything was installed by the Bar Rescue team.
In the end, the bar looked like a sophisticated place to hang out.
Off Base Bar Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Off Base Bar Bar Rescue episode, let’s talk about what happened after Jon Taffer and his crew left San Diego, CA.
Things started off well for Off Base Bar.
At the normal six-week checkin from the Bar Rescue producers, we learn that the bar’s food sales have doubled and the overall sales are up by 30%.
The bar has opted to keep the new name that Jon Taffer gave it, as well.
And Sissy is also being more respectful about her employees’ privacy.
Off Base Bar increased its appeal by inviting DJs to play live music. They also frequently post about Taffer in their announcement and include him in their promos.
Unfortunately, the bar seems to have had a good number of issues since the Off Base Bar Bar Rescue visit.
Fighting in parking lots and drug usage became a big problem for the customers, as you’ll see in a second.
Is Off Base Bar from Bar Rescue still open?
As of 2022, Off Base Bar is still open and serving customers in San Diego, CA.
The Off Base Bar Yelp reviews are not good, though, as it has just a 2.5 star rating.
Google Reviews are a little better, though, as it has a 4 star rating there.
In general, a lot of the recent Yelp reviews seem to criticize the safety and service at the bar.
The safety issue relates to a February 2022 shooting outside Off Base Bar, where a man was killed.
An off-duty marine was arrested later for allegedly shooting and killing the man.
The argument started inside Off Base Bar and then spilled outside where the shooting happened. You can learn more in this article from NBC San Diego.
Some negative reviews also complain of open drug use in the bathroom at the bar.
Behind the safety issues, you’ll also find a lot of reviews saying the bar is gross and dirty.
Overall, it seems like maybe not the best place to hang out, but who knows!
Despite those issues, the bar is still open, so this still kind of counts as a Bar Rescue success story, I guess.
If you’re in the San Diego area and you want to pay Off Base Bar a visit, you can learn more and see the drink specials at the official Off Base Bar website.
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Last updated: 2022-03-31 07:23