The Dugout Bar Rescue Update (Press Box) – Still Open in 2022?

Is Press Box still open in 2022?

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

Season: 5 | View All Season 5 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: March 5, 2017
The Bar's Original Name Was: The Dugout
Press Box Address: 950 W Addison St Chicago, IL 60613

The Press Box Bar Rescue Update

Episode Recap

The Dugout, later renamed to The Press Box, was a Chicago, Illinois bar that was featured on Season 5 of Bar Rescue.

Though the Dugout Bar Rescue episode aired in March 2017, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that.

It was Season 5 Episode 16 and the episode name was “Struck Out at the Dugout”.

The Dugout is a dive bar located right next to Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL.

Ed Cressy is the owner and was originally the landlord, but when the previous owners couldn’t pay, he kicked them out and took over in 2011.

That means he’s been running it for about five years at the time of the Dugout Bar Rescue episode.

The bar follows the baseball season schedule, and when it is over, the customers leave.

It does fine during the baseball season, but loses $30,000 to $40,000 during the off-season. Not a recipe for success.

Emily is a bartender who gets upset with the way Ed runs the bar as he drinks a lot and is overwhelmed. 

The bar is in severe debt and is losing more money every day.

Jon Taffer brings in Phil Wills, a mixologist, and Chef Ryan Scott to help rescue The Dugout.

While watching the footage, the men see Ed and Emily arguing.

They also notice the bar is in a populated area but doesn’t stand out.

That night they have four bartenders working, and one of them is a shot girl. 

A local sportswriter goes and spies on the bar for Jon.

Him and his friend order a Long Island Iced Tea and a shandy.

The men then notice a big jug of Ed’s signature cocktail called Hot Pussy. Yeah…no comment.

Emily tells the spies about the drink, and they are less than impressed.

When they ask for a burger, the spies are told they only sell them during game days, so they order a mac and cheese and ranch salad instead. 

The kitchen footage showed unsanitary practices and flies.

Jon has his experts immediately enter the bar and inspect the kitchen.

In the kitchen, Ed is cooking on a very greasy fryer.

Phil makes a bartender make him a fishbowl Long Island, but it tastes terrible.

The bartender then tells Phil they have no recipes or proper training. 

Phil confronts Ed, who is uncaring. Jon then comes into the bar, hoping to get a reaction from Ed.

The kitchen is shut down, and Ryan is made to throw out all of the food left in there.

As Jon Taffer leaves, he is given the middle finger by Ed. Way to be grateful to the guy trying to save your business. This almost became another bar where Jon Taffer walked out, joining with O Face Bar and Black Light District.

The next day Jon returns to the bar for a meeting. Mike is introduced.

He cooks part-time at the bar and is Ed’s nephew.

Emily admits that Ed doesn’t do much leading in the bar, and she also reveals she wanted a management position, but Ed won’t accept any help. 

Jon is not ready to renovate the bar due to Ed’s poor attitude.

After the stress test, Jon will decide whether he wants to stay and help the bar.

Phil throws out Ed’s disgusting signature drink, and the staff claps. Ed did not clean the kitchen.

He also put the food thrown away back in the freezer. Mike, Ed’s nephew, is forced to clean. 

Phil tells the staff they need to make simple drinks to get them out faster.

The bartenders and Ed are trained on a whiskey ginger drink.

fter the kitchen is cleaned, Ryan shows the staff how to make a Chicago-style hotdog. 

Ed begins to drink at the start of the stress test and is confronted by Phil.

Mike is cooking the food in the kitchen, and since there is no food runner, Ed has to do the job.

Ed gets very confused, but the bar is doing a good job.

The test is shut down because Ed wouldn’t smile and was dragging everyone else down. 

The next day Phil congratulates the bar staff and trains them on making bulk drinks for busy game days.

Emily is scared that Ed will toss out everything Jon has given them during the rescue.

Jon and Ed have a discussion, and Ed leaves.

Jon doesn’t know if he can save the bar and tells the staff to search for new work. 

Jon remodels the bar but does not invite Ed to the relaunch.

As part of the changes, Jon Taffer renames the bar from The Dugout to The Press Box.

Ed comes to the relaunch, and Jon says he will leave and the rest of the staff quit.

Customers are invited in for drinks, but the relaunch is canceled.

Jon went after exchanging curse words with Ed. 

So yeah, it was definitely one of the more entertaining Bar Rescue episodes in terms of the drama factor.

Now, let’s get an update on the Press Box. This is one of the more complicated Bar Rescue updates we’ve encountered, so you’ll definitely want to read what happened next.

Press Box Update - What Happened Next?

Now that we’ve recapped the Dugout Bar Rescue visit, let’s talk about what happened next after Jon Taffer and his crew left Chicago, IL.

However, what happened next is a complicated story, so let’s break it down.

But first, it’s worth noting that the Pussy Shot is back at the bar, which should give you a pretty good idea of how the rest of this update is going to go!

Is The Press Box from Bar Rescue still open?

As of 2022, The Press Box is still open. However, the Press Box is not in its original location. Owner Eddie Cressy moved The Press Box into a new location upstairs, while opting to change the lower location back to its original name of The Dugout.

The Press Box doesn’t have very many Yelp reviews, but so far they’re sitting at a mediocre 3-stars. One reviewer said it appears like the owner still doesn’t care about running a great bar, while another reviewer gave it 5-stars.

The owner was also candid about his experience with Bar Rescue, saying “It was a complete nightmare, what he put me through.” He accused the Bar Rescue crew of using low quality paint and said he’s already removed some of the new food menus from the menu.

Though the owner was unhappy, Emily, one of the bartenders, was happy with the Bar Rescue crew. She posted this on Facebook during the episode’s premier:

I want to thank bar rescues entire team for everything. I bitched a lot when I worked at the dugout and i feel bad for every person that had to hear about it every time they were around me. It made me miserable because I was working for this guy, doing everything I could thinking of, to get told I’m doing one thing right and all I ever got was the negative. When rescue came in what it was for me was a confirmation that I wasn’t crazy, stupid, or hat I wasn’t trying hard enough. Ask anyone who talked to me when I worked there I almost drove myself crazy thinking I was failing at something I felt I was so good at. When in actuality I was making him more money then the off season before. Sales went from around 800 to 1000 on Fridays and Saturdays to 1200-1400. Which for a 99 occupancy bar in a charming dingy basement I’m was proud of. I love my job I get paid to talk and celebrate with people in the best city there is and right in the heart of #wrigleyville.

Per the comments, Emily has moved on from working at The Dugout and now works nearby at another baseball themed bar named Sluggers.

Despite the owner’s unhappiness, for now it appears that both The Dugout and The Press Box are open.

However, they did experience some more issues in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.

The bar was caught on camera flouting the health regulations, though Ed Cressy responded and said that he wasn’t actually breaking any rules.

You can see a piece from the local news about this in the video below:

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Last updated: 2022-04-02 05:35

20 thoughts on “The Dugout Bar Rescue Update (Press Box) – Still Open in 2022?”

    • THe one named Emily got a job at another bar nearby. It’s called Sluggers. I guess everyone loves baseball puns in Wrigleyville

  1. Just watched the episode. As a restaurant manager and bartender for 32 years, I’ve seen a lot of great owners, and a handful of owners who were nothing more than assholes. This owner, however, needs a good bat-beating.

  2. There is a reason why this man Ed is alone, has horrible service in his bar and restaurant, He has no friends who would be friends with that doorknob. He used poor Emily and treated her like crap. I find it interesting that all during the show he kept saying he Never wanted to be in the bar business, I think he said “i want to learn how to run 15 bars from a boat in Costa Rica” He must have a TON of money because he has to keep these places alive and if they only have 3 stars he is not rolling in the dough. Why open another bar if you cannot get the first one right? I hope that Jessica and the other cute bartenders left him hanging so he had to make drinks. Can you just see how miserable he would be. He was actually have to interact with people.
    If I was headed to a game at Wrigley the Press Box and the Dugout would be two bars I would not set my foot in. I wouldn’t put a penny in that guys pocket. He is a idiot/moron.

  3. The owner is a complete idiot. I was a bartender for a number of years and never had an owner or manager that was as much a sad sack as this guy. The bar rescue people should have bought the bar and then reopened it and sholwd the guy what a successful bar looks like. My thought is that he would not realize it. The guy needs to be in a back office doing books. He should never be allowed near people or have anything to do with the bar operations. Hell one bar I ran, I found that on Saturday nights, we had a fair number of people that were Star Trek fans and we had 2 big screen tv’s. So I created some theme drinks, The Vulcan Nerve Pinch, Romulan Ale and a couple others. Saturday nights were normally slow night because in our small town everyone usually went to clubs in the nearby big city. My bar became very busy on Saturday nights because the Trekkies started telling their friends and bringing them in and it included a lot of girls. For about a year, until the bar closed (owner’s other businesses put him into bankruptcy), we were the place to go on Saturday nights in our town.

  4. This is bar rescue’s version of kitchen nightmare’s amy’s baking company. Jon should have found jobs for the employees and refused to fix this guy’s bar. He’s not just a tool he’s a lazy self efacing moron. The closest he’ll ever get to a “hot pussy” is the shot he sells by the same name. He’s just as ignorant as the owners of the pirate bar in silver spring maryland.

  5. Yes I watch the episode of bar rescue. I was very disappointed and how the owner represented his self. As a complete idiot. His staff was he out andstand,he made them feel like they were dirt and he on was walking. John I wish that you had not remodeled his bar but one thing is for sure, he’s was sitting in the dark drinking alone ,andby his self. I hope all the waitresses get a great new job a great new boss and a great New Life. Because one thing’s for sure you all put up with that a****** and you deserve to have someone treat you like a human being.

  6. For me, this is just another example of how totally fake Bar Rescue really is. In the real world, Taffer would have walked out of the situation without providing any assistance or a remodeling make over. If the show was not fake and he did decide to help, at the very least, Taffer should have had the owner (who is a complete drunken idiot) sign a binding agreement clearly stating that the bar would be run by a competent and experienced manager and the owner would confine himself strictly to the day to day administrative duties as far away from the general public as possible.

  7. This was one of the most saddest episodes I probably have ever seen. And not sad as in unhappy sad. Sad as in pathetic sad. That owner was horrible.

  8. I think the issue with this guy is that he thinks he’s ENTITLED to free labor and has no problem abusing women into giving him this free labor (the cornerstone of capitalism). Many ppl think that owning a business is people giving you money and you don’t have to do any WORK. You can’t pay minimum wage to a bartender and then bully them into doing a bar manager job for free. Supremacy and misogyny at it’s best. The place is a disaster & everyone hates you, but you still think you’re The Man?? That’s like medical level delusion. If John Taffer can’t break your ba**s & get through to you, you KNOW you’re bats**t crazy

  9. The owner of The Dugout is a misogynistic, abusive, mentally deranged DICK! I am shocked that John Taffer & Bar Rescue would help him. A much more suitable outcome would have been to see John tell him: ” F U I’m not fixing your bar, LOSER!” We as viewers would have loved that & it would have been justice for this UNGRATEFUL LOSER. Do not reward bad behavior Bar Rescue!!!

  10. The owner would be smart if the hire manager run the bar while he can sit back at home let all $ rolling in then be grumpy at the bar.


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