(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 8 | View All Season 8 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: May 2, 2021
The Bar's Original Name Was: Paradise Cantina
Paradise Cantina Address: 4480 Paradise Rd Ste 1250 Las Vegas, NV 89169
Paradise Cantina was a Las Vegas, Nevada bar featured on Season 8 of Bar Rescue. Though the Paradise Cantina Bar Rescue episode aired in May 2021, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that. It was Episode 1 of Season 8.
Located in Las Vegas, Nevada, Paradise Cantina is owned by Ronnie Pellegrino.
Ron bought the restaurant in the year 2018, which was about three years before it showed up on Bar Rescue.
In the first year of operation, the bar made $1.2 million, so things certainly weren’t going badly.
However, they began suffering during the state restrictions put in place in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ron had to let the staff leave and now he is over $700,000 in debt, and his life savings is gone.
Ron is homeless and living in a hotel. He has let the rules lax, and the staff drinks while working at the bar.
Jon recons the bar with mixologist Derek Turner and expert chef Anthony Lamas.
There is a good mix of college students in the area as well as casino workers and tourists who should be visiting the bar.
Ron blames everything on the pandemic. I kind of agree with him given that the bar was so successful before the pandemic happened.
Jon begins surveillance and sets up more than usual. The bar gives out paper menus instead of using a QR code for less contact.
The spies order a mojito, but the bar is out of the ingredients needed to make it, so they order a watermelon margarita and a Mai Tai instead.
Customers begin returning drinks as they are too strong, and they tell the spies that it is a common occurrence at the Paradise Cantina.
Ron comes out and recognizes the spies as Derek and Anthony.
Jon has the two men then order multiple items from the menu to test everything.
The drinks all look alike, and the bar staff is having a hard time telling them apart.
Jon tells Ron he is too lenient with his team, but Ron says he is the problem, not his staff.
Ron quickly changes his mind, gets upset, and tells the staff that their overpouring and drinking are ruining the bar.
Jon finds out that Ron has lost his home. He then shows Ron that he overspent by $100,000 that year.
Jon believes that the failures of the bar area are due to the operations and the way it is run, not the pandemic. Do you agree? Let me know in the comments!
Jon wants his experts to watch how the staff pours their drinks.
Derek trains the staff to pour properly and teaches them a tropical-themed cocktail.
Anthony teaches the kitchen how to make chicken wings with pineapple salsa.
Jon does a stress test using poker chips. The staff collects chips from customers when orders are filled correctly.
The bartenders immediately begin making mistakes.
The kitchen sends out incomplete orders and then gets backed up correcting the orders.
At the end of the test, bartender Jared has 25 chips, and Melissa has just 11.
The renovations start the next day and take 36 hours. The sign is new and bold, but Jon decided to keep the existing Paradise Cantina name.
The inside has a beach vibe and wood accents with shades of blue. As part of the renovations, there is a new POS system and a lifetime subscription for inventory.
Paradise Cantina Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped what happened on the episode, let’s talk about how Paradise Cantina is doing after Bar Rescue.
Is Paradise Cantina from Bar Rescue still open?
As of 2022, Paradise Cantina is still open and serving customers in Las Vegas, Nevada. Recent reviews seem very good, with a lot of people visiting because of Bar Rescue.
There are a few negative reviews, mainly to do with slow service. But in general, people seem very complimentary of the food and they like the drink prices.
Ronnie also said that business and profit levels are back to what they were before the COVID-19 restrictions (or even higher).
Given that Paradise Cantina was making over a $1 million before the pandemic, that seems like a great thing for the long-term success of the bar.
For now, the Paradise Cantina Bar Rescue episode seems like a definite success.
Congrats to Ronnie, Jon Taffer, and the whole Paradise Cantina and Bar Rescue teams!
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Last updated: 2022-01-13 10:58