(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 4 | View All Season 4 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: March 29, 2015
The Bar's Original Name Was: The Holding Company
Patriot House Address: 2 Embarcadero Ctr Level P San Francisco, CA 94111
The Holding Company, later renamed Patriot House, was a San Francisco, California bar that was featured on Season 4 of Bar Rescue.
Though the Patriot House Bar Rescue episode aired in March 2015, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that.
It was Season 4 Episode 18 and the episode name was “Loose Lips Loose Tips”.
The Holding Company is owned by two sisters, Danielle and Marissa Browne.
It’s located located in San Francisco, CA on the upper floor of Two Embarcadero Center.
The sisters are from Dublin, Ireland, so they should know a thing or two about pubs.
Danielle said she thought she and her sister could run the bar well after it went up for sale in 2014.
However, each sister has a different vision for the bar, and they are consistently losing money.
The Browne family is on the line.
Expert chef Tiffany Derry and mixologist Mia Mastroianni come in to help Jon Taffer with the Holding Company Bar Rescue attempt.
Marissa Browne has experience in the industry but the other sisters, Danielle, Leona, and Natalie, have no experience.
Jon refers to the bar as passable, but that is not enough for San Francisco, which is a very competitive market in the hospitality industry.
Tiffany and Mia go in as spies and order a cobb salad and mac and cheese.
The drinks they order are too sour, and the mac and cheese has too much water in it.
The spies then reveal themselves to Marissa.
They say they are with Bar Rescue, which riles things up.
The sisters begin to fight about the food and drinks.
One of the sisters doesn’t believe the food and drink are a problem.
Jon tells the girls they need to check their attitude before he will help them.
Mia says the location is excellent, but the bar is lousy.
Tiffany asks for her check and Jon decides to wait until the morning to confront the sisters.
Jon goes back to the bar the next day.
He gets real and tells the sisters he brought his A team with him even though this isn’t an A-level bar.
The sisters are hard workers; they just don’t know how to work together.
Tiffany tells Danielle she wants 15-20 minute ticket times for the lunch service.
However, the sisters do not have the knowledge to run a lunch rush.
Some customers wait almost 30 minutes for their food.
I’ve seen a lot worse ticket times on Bar Rescue, to be honest, but 30 minutes is still too long in a place like San Francisco.
After lunch, Jon sits with the sisters.
The stress test is coming up.
The tickets are making it through, but the drinks are not getting made.
At one point, the sisters are 24 drinks behind.
Danielle steps up and acts like a leader.
Jon also blames Marissa as she is the one with the experience and should know better.
Jon makes them shut down the bar.
Mia teaches the bartenders some new drinks like the Madison Squeeze and Taft’s Crowd Pleaser.
Tiffany shows them new items which will be added to the menu.
Jon Taffer and his crew also get to work on renovating the bar.
As part of the changes, Jon renames the bar from The Holding Company to The Patriot House.
The sisters are happy with the changes Jon made and hug him.
The ticket times are better during relaunch, and the Browne sisters are working together.
The customers are happy with the decor, food, and drinks.
They made almost $2,500 dollars in their first hour of the relaunch, which is something they never would’ve accomplished before the Bar Rescue episode.
So was the Holding Company Bar Rescue episode a long-term success? Keep reading to learn what happened next and if this San Francisco bar is still open in 2023.
Patriot House Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Patriot House Bar Rescue visit, let’s talk about what happened when Jon Taffer left San Francisco.
Six weeks after Taffer’s visit, the Bar Rescue producers checked in with Patriot House and found that sales were up 24%, which led to over $210k in gross sales.
They’ve kept most of Jon’s changes, including the new Patriot House name.
That’s more than a lot of Bar Rescue owners, as it’s unfortunately common for people to ditch Jon Taffer’s concept.
So did it work out to actually keep going with Jon Taffer’s concept?
Of course it did!
Is Patriot House from Bar Rescue still open?
As of 2023, Patriot House is still open and serving customers in San Francisco, CA.
Reviews for the bar are good but not great – it has a 3.5 star rating on Yelp but a 4.5 star rating on its Facebook page.
The bar is active on Facebook, regularly posting about events and specials.
Unsurprisingly, The Patriot House has lots of sports events. The bar also has other bar staples such as a Wednesday trivia night:
If you want to see the menu or book a visit, you can check out the official Patriot House website.
Here’s an example of the Patriot House menu (for cocktails) to give you an idea of the prices:
The Patriot House reviews after Bar Rescue
As I mentioned above, the bar has a 4.0 star rating on Yelp, which is quite good.
Recent reviews seem to be generally positive.
When I first wrote this update in early 2022, the rating was only 3.5 stars.
But now, in January 2023, The Patriot House has improved its rating to 4 stars on over 220+ reviews.
Most people praise the casual food and friendly staff.
People also find the food and drinks to be reasonably priced.
While a lot of the reviews compliment the staff, there are a few negative reviews about service.
The reviewers kind of seem like the bad people, though, so I think the Patriot House service mainly seems pretty good.
Here’s a sampling of a few reviews that were written after the visit from Jon Taffer…
5 star Yelp rating from July 2019:
The staff, food, and drinks are all amazing!
I’m a huge Bar Rescue fan, and they definitely have been holding up to Jon T. Standards.
Thank you for the amazing experience you provided my girlfriend and me.
5 star Yelp review from November 2018:
Patriot House in SF was amazing! Highly recommend it!
This is one of the many bars that the one and only Jon Taffer from Bar Rescue rescued back in 2015.
One of the best drinks and burgers I’ve ever had.
Taffer, you did an amazing job at helping the managers save this bar and bringing out the best in them!
Their bar is still amazing & going strong!
I had the honor of meeting the niece of one of the managers and gave positive feedback (she made our drinks!).
If you’re ever in SF, give this bar a try!
You won’t regret it.
The staff is very polite, friendly, & amazing at making anyone feel welcome!
4 star Yelp review from June 2015:
I saw this restaurant on an episode of Bar Rescue and was excited to see it was near I was staying while visiting SF.
We checked it out and the food was amazing!
We got the Fish Tacos, Onion Rings, and Nachos.
All were delicious!
I would recommend this place to everyone!
5 star Yelp review from May 2016:
I am a huge Bar rescue fan, (seen every episode) and was super excited to check this place out!
Was very happy great drinks, did not try the food but looked really good seeing what other people ordered
Not a suit and tie guy (probably the normal crowd) but felt at home highly recommended!
Overall, the Patriot House Bar Rescue update seems like a genuine success – congratulations to everyone involved!
If you want to see some other nearby Bar Rescue San Francisco episodes, you can check out my updates for Sam Jordan’s from Season 5, The Roc / Fort One from Season 5, The Lister / Park 77 from Season 4, and Rob Ben’s in Oakland (from Season 7).
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Last updated: 2023-02-28 05:37