(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 4 | View All Season 4 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: November 16, 2014
The Bar's Original Name Was: Plush
Osteria Calabria Address: 256 N Keswick Ave Glenside, PA 19038
Plush, later renamed Osteria Calabria, was a Glenside, Pennsylvania bar that was featured on Season 4 of Bar Rescue.
Though the Plush Bar Rescue episode aired in November 2014, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that in early 2014.
It was Season 4 Episode 7 and the episode name was “A Dash of Bitters”.
Plush is located in Glenside, PA. Glenside is a suburb of Philadelphia, located just a bit North of the city proper.
Bruno Smoje is the owner. Unlike a lot of other bar owners on the show, Bruno grew up in the hospitality industry.
Bruno took out a lien on his grandmother’s home to get the money to open the bar.
Bruno’s ex-wife Shari helped to manage the bar.
The club was trendy right away and started off strong.
However, in 2013 Shari and Bruno divorced. Once Shari left, so did the patrons.
When Jon arrives, Shari is in the SUV with him.
Mia Mastroianni, mixologist and Chef Nick Liberato assist Jon with the bar.
Bruno owes Shari money from their settlement that he barely had begun to pay back.
The bar is a mess. Bruno works in the kitchen because he can’t hire more staff.
Jon reached out to 200 people to go to Plush to see how it functions on a busy night.
There is a theater across the street, and Jon wants it to be as if the theater had just let out across the street.
The staff is overwhelmed, and some customers begin dancing on the stripper poles.
The bar staff is rude to the customers. Jon thinks Bruno is hiding from the chaos in the bar.
Jon and Bruno get into a fight when Jon enters the bar with Shari.
When Jon meets with the staff the following day, he tells them there will be no more drinking behind the bar.
Mia trains the team on the proper way to make cocktails fast.
While Mia is working on the drinks, Nick shows the kitchen staff a few dishes on the menu for the stress test.
Jon wants Shari to work the bar for the stress test, but Bruno doesn’t like the idea.
Bruno is annoyed but says he will put his personal feelings aside for the moment.
They open for the stress test, and right away, Shari and Bruno aren’t communicating.
Many customers wait for their drinks for a long time. Jon has the staff close the bar for the evening.
Bruno and Shari meet with Jon. He tries to mend their relationship.
Mia shows the staff new theater-themed drinks like Curtain Call and After Show.
The chef teaches the kitchen new Italian-themed dishes. Everyone loves the fresh food.
Now, the bar just needs a design to match. To that end, Jon and his crew start the renovations on Plush.
As part of the changes, Jon renames the bar from Plush to Osteria Calabria.
Unlike some of Jon’s other decisions, Bruno loves the new name and decorations. He thinks it is fabulous.
Jon has bought the bar two new POS systems from Revention. They are also given a six months subscription with Partender.
The bartenders are having a great time making the drinks for the customers.
Jon states this rescue was one of his most difficult ones, but he’s glad it all came together.
So was the Osteria Calabria Bar Rescue episode a long-term success? Keep reading the update to learn what happened next and if the bar is still open in 2023 and beyond.
Osteria Calabria Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Plush Bar Rescue episode, let’s talk about what happened after it was renamed Osteria Calabria and Jon Taffer left the building.
Things started off well. Six weeks after the visit from Jon, sales were up by more than 20%.
This extra money has allowed Bruno to keep paying what he owes to Shari, his ex-wife.
Additionally, he can handle the lien on his grandmother’s house and there’s no longer a risk of foreclosure.
However, Bruno decided not to keep the name that Jon Taffer gave it.
I can’t say I disagree with Bruno, as Osteria Calabria is a bit hard to remember.
Instead, Bruno changed the name to The O.C. Bar and Bistro.
Is Plush from Bar Rescue still open?
Plush closed for good in May 2015, less than a year after the Bar Rescue episode aired on TV.
At that time, it was doing business as The O.C. Bar.
While business was good, the bar had to close because the building where it was located was sold to a new owner.
While Bruno originally had plans to reopen the bar at another location, those plans never materialized and Plush remains closed for good.
As of 2022, the old Plush Glenside, PA location is occupied by a Japanese restaurant called Na Go Mi.
Reviews for the new restaurant seem solid as it has a four star rating on its Yelp page.
Here’s a Google Maps street view show that shows Na Go Mi in the old Plush Glenside building:
Plush reviews after Bar Rescue
At the time of its closure, Plush / Osteria Calabria had a 3 star rating on 10 Yelp reviews.
That’s not great, but I’ve also seen way worse ratings for bars that were featured on Bar Rescue.
Here’s a sampling of reviews that were written after the visit from Jon Taffer…
4 star Yelp review from November 2014:
Decent prices, good ambience, good tunes, great and fun bartenders.
Great–and I mean great–food. Bar Rescue really helped the place.
Great fare, respectable prices, friendly staff…what more do you need?
Now named The OC, great place to hang in Glenside.
Check it out! Chicken spring rolls and wings are especially fab.
2 star Yelp review from November 2014 – this is a funny review because the person seems to be upset about them having a Bar Rescue watch party:
Stumbled upon this place and went in to watch the Eagles game.
Upon entering, was told that my boyfriend and I couldn’t sit at the bar because the owner and his friends/family were coming in to watch some TV show (apparently this bar was featured on a show called Bar Rescue).
There were only 4 people in the bar- you’d think when business is that poor they wouldn’t be telling their customers they can’t sit where they want.
We stayed for a drink and I got the molton lava cake (which was burnt!) Only reason I didn’t give them 1 star was because their prices were reasonable. Definitely won’t be returning.
5 star Yelp review from November 2014:
I actually went to what is now The O.C. Bar and Bistro twice last weekend: the first time was to check it out after Bar Rescue, and the second time was to retrieve my phone.
I definitely wasn’t disappointed either time.
Bartender Jay is fantastic — very friendly and chatty (possibly because he and my fiancé have the same name and bald head!).
For appetizers: the grilled chicken spring rolls and dipping sauce are to die for and also come with a little salad. The next night, I had those famous arancini and they were just as great.
As for entrees, the gnocchi was oily the first night but perfect the second night; the chicken parm is a huge portion size and worth every bite, and the pulled pork sliders were pretty good but I liked the other plates better.
These were the first two times I’ve been to Plush/OC/etc, so I didn’t see it before the makeover, but the bar is back to the original top which contains lots of trinkets, pictures, scrapbook type things. I think it’s really personal, and if liked finding all the details.
Will definitely be back.
What happened to Bruno Smoje from Plush?
While Plush closed for good, Bruna wasn’t finished with the bar/hospitality industry.
In 2016, Bruno partnered with two other people to open a new restaurant called Tavern on Pine, near the Philmont SEPTA station in Huntingdon Valley.
While Tavern on Pine had a good run, that restaurant is also now officially closed.
Overall, Plush / Osteria Calabria was not a succesful Bar Rescue, which fits with the other Philadelphia Bar Rescue episodes because every single Philadelphia area bar that was featured on the show is now closed (0/4).
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Last updated: 2022-11-01 06:57