Press Box / The Dugout Update – Bar Rescue – Open or Closed?

Is Press Box still open?

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

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The Press Box Bar Rescue Update

The Dugout is a dive bar located right next to Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL. It does fine during the baseball season, but loses $30,000 to $40,000 during the off-season. Not a recipe for success. Oh, an it’s also infested with fruit flies.

As part of his attempt to save the bar, Jon Taffer changed the name to the Press Box. The filming took place in September 2016, so it’s still fairly recent. But 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?

What happened next is a complicated story.

As of now, 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. We will update if there are any name changes or closures down the road.

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Last updated: 2017-03-15 10:02


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