(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 2 | View All Season 2 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: September 23, 2012
The Bar's Original Name Was: Rocks
Power Plant Address: 26022 Cape Dr Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Rocks, later renamed Power Plant, was a Laguna Niguel, California bar featured on Season 2 of Bar Rescue.
Though the Power Plant Bar Rescue episode aired in September 2012, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that.
It was Season 2 Episode 9 and the episode name was “On the Rocks”.
Located in Laguna Niguel, CA, Rocks is owned by Scott Terheggen.
Scott is retired from real estate and bought the bar in 1996.
Rocks was initially an upscale bar and cigar room.
The owner was able to open the bar under a legal loophole that allowed customers to smoke in the bar.
The cigar bar was making $50,000 a month, so things definitely weren’t too shabby for Scott and the bar.
However, in 2009 Scott was forced to comply with the smoking laws, and smoking was banned from the bar.
This practice made sales go down.
I mean, a cigar bar that doesn’t allow smoking is obviously not a winning proposition.
Now the bar is empty most days, and at night they have rowdy, loud crowds.
They are losing $2,000 dollars a month now, why is why the Rocks Bar Rescue episode exists.
Jon’s daughter Sam comes with him to do recon on the bar.
They first notice how small the front sign is and barely visible from the main road.
It’s also hard to even see the bar’s name.
Online reviews say they give the bar zero stars.
Sam decides to head inside and find out what is going on for herself.
Sam is bothered by an older man, and she then realizes the lack of other women in the bar.
She then moves her seat to a different area.
She orders a watermelon shot that night’s special, but she says it doesn’t taste like watermelon at all.
There is a DJ, but he is often distracted and leaves the booth.
There is a long space between songs.
Jon meets with owner Scott to discuss the bar and what Sam saw.
Scott isn’t generally at the bar and lets the staff run it.
The team uses saran wrap to cover the drink bottles, which looks bad to the customers.
Scott’s brother-in-law is in the bar drunk and is harassing female patrons.
After a confrontation, he is finally kicked out.
A social club meets at the bar, but Jon doesn’t like this and has the staff remove the sign.
The social club is not happy with this.
Jon shows the bar footage of the social club drinking for free.
They had lost close to $1,200 by giving the social club free drinks, which is a pretty good explanation for why the bar is losing so much money every month.
Jon brings in bartending expert Joseph Brooke.
During his inspection, he finds the bar dirty and sticky.
Jon wants to turn Rocks into a nightclub and have it closed during the day since they only make money at night.
It will be a high-end nightclub with a strict dress code.
Pretty much a complete turnaround from how the bar currently is.
DJ Green Lantern teaches the DJ how to be an expert.
Joseph trains the bar staff on different pouring techniques and new drinks.
The stress test starts, and the bar staff forgets everything they were taught.
After renovations, Jon unveils a new bar called The Power Plant.
During relaunch night, IDs are checked.
Customers come in the club jackets but are asked to leave.
The bar gets overwhelmed, so the DJ plays a song to get people on the dance floor. The night is a success.
So – was the Power Plant Bar Rescue episode a success?
Power Plant Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Rocks Bar Rescue visit, let’s talk about what happened after Jon Taffer left and the cameras stopped filming.
At first, Power Plant seemed to be doing well.
Sales were up 20% and, by cutting out the free drinks to the social club, spoilage was way down as well.
However, Scott didn’t like the new name so he changed it back to Rocks.
This is a pretty classic move for Bar Rescue owners.
I mean – what does Jon Taffer know about running a bar?
Scott also got rid of some of Jon’s other changes, such as closing during the day.
Those decisions probably weren’t for the best, which brings me to the next question…
Is Power Plant bar still open?
Power Plant closed in November 2014, around two years after the Bar Rescue episode aired on TV.
For a time, the old Power Plant Laguna Niguel location was occupied by another bar called The Karman Bar.
However, that bar also seems to be closed.
As of 2023, the old Rocks Laguna Niguel location might be occupied by a bake shop named Butter + Cream.
However, I’m not 100% sure if that’s the right business because I don’t have the suite number.
Here’s a Google Maps street view embed of the complex if you want to dig around yourself:
Overall, there’s just not a lot of information about Rocks / Power Plant, and I’m not sure why.
This is literally the hardest Bar Rescue update I’ve written because there’s just nothing.
There’s no Yelp page.
There’s no Google Reviews page.
There are no local news articles about it.
At least that I can find.
So – pretty much all I can report is that Power Plant ditched Jon Taffer’s name and went back to Rocks and then closed.
If you know anything, please let me know in the comments because I’d love to make this update more detailed.
If you want to see some other nearby Bar Rescue California episodes, you can check out my updates for Renz Social House / Pineapple Hill Grill in Tustin, Brix / Pacific Coast Wine Bar in Sunset Beach, and Second Base / Extremes in Orange.
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Last updated: 2023-02-12 06:04