Phish Heads / Phish Tales Bar Rescue Update – Open or Closed in 2022?

Is Phish Tales still open in 2022?

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

Season: 6 | View All Season 6 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: June 24, 2018
The Bar's Original Name Was: Phish Heads
Phish Tales Address: 1445 SW Main Blvd Ste 170 Lake City, FL 32025

Phish Heads / Phish Tales Bar Rescue Update

Episode Recap

Phish Heads, later renamed Phish Tales, was a Lake City, Florida bar featured on Season 6 of Bar Rescue. Though the Phish Heads Bar Rescue episode aired in June 2018, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that.

It was Episode 15 of Season 6 and the official episode name was “Phishing for Answers”.

Owned by Phillip and Toni Crenshaw, Phish Heads is located in Lake City, Florida.

They bought the bar in 1999, and it was the first one to open in the area.

At first, they were making $2,000,000 a year! That’s incredible, and they probably wouldn’t be on Bar Rescue if that were still the case.

They hired their son James as the general manager in 2009.

Phish Heads then suffered from his inexperience.

The staff doesn’t respect James, and the bar is losing about $5,000 per month at the time of the visit from Jon Taffer.

Despite that, Phillip and Toni will not terminate their son. 

Jon arrives with Aaron McCargo Jr and mixologist Mia Mastroianni.

The bar is in a bad location, and the interior is dated.

Jon sends in local country radio DJ and his friend for recon.

There is no specialty drink menu, so the two men order old-fashioned.

James is heard arguing with a server and his mother, which is a bit awkward for the customers and other staff members.

The bartenders do not pour properly. And although the beer is good, the food is terrible.

James is continually disrespectful, so Jon enters the bar, fed up with his behavior.

Jon lets James know that no one respects him. James acts like a brat, and Jon then puts him in his place.

He puts him through boot camp. James blames the staff for Phish Heads’ problem. 

James and his parents apologize to staff because of the toxic work culture. 

Mia tells them that the way they pour their drinks is not correct and that they need a signature drink menu.

James cleans up then practices making a margarita with Mia.

The kitchen staff uses steak weights, so they are taught how to make burgers without the outdated tools. 

Jon starts the stress test and gives the customers glow sticks.

When they are unsatisfied, the staff will take away a glow stick.

By the end of the service, only three glowsticks are left.

The bar is slow, and 12 tickets are dumped at once.

Customers leave after 45 minutes of receiving no food and drinks. However, at least James did step up during the stress test. 

Mia takes the staff through a specialty cocktail made in coconut tiki mugs.

While that’s happening, Aaron teaches the kitchen staff how to make a fish taco.

James tells Jon he is committed to changing for the sake of the bar. James even arrives to work in a full suit, looking like a leader. 

Jon renamed the bar from Phish Heads to Phish Tales to honor the future while still paying homage to the past.

In addition to the name, Jon also renovates the bar to give it more color and all new equipment, at no cost to the Phish Heads owners.

Four harbor touch POS systems are installed in the newly renovated bar.

The bartenders struggle during the relaunch. Eventually, they catch up, and food and drinks are out on time.

Jon leaves a signed glowstick mounted on the wall. 

Phish Tales Update - What Happened Next?

After the Phish Heads / Phish Tales Bar Rescue episode, things seem to be going much better.

Sales are up more than 30% and the owners are saving the profits for their retirement.

Unlike many other bars, they also kept the new name from Jon Taffer, Phish Tales.

James is still staying serious and acting as a manager.

There are many positive reviews online.

Is Phish Tales from Bar Rescue still open?

As of 2022, Phish Tales is still open and serving customers in Lake City, Florida. The reviews for the bar are excellent, with a 4.5 star rating on Yelp and a 4.4 star rating on Google Reviews.

Overall, this is definitely a Bar Rescue success story. Congratulations to Phillip, Toni, and James on the success of Phish Tales after Bar Rescue.

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Last updated: 2022-01-25 04:32

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