Rhythm and Brews / 5th And Vine Bar Rescue Update – Open or Closed?

Is 5th And Vine still open in 2022?

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

Season: 4 | View All Season 4 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: October 19, 2014
The Bar's Original Name Was: Rhythm and Brews
5th And Vine Address: 1674 Richmond Rd, Staten Island, NY 10306

Rhythm and Brews / 5th And Vine Bar Rescue Update

Episode Recap

Rhythm and Brews, later renamed 5th And Vine, was a Staten Island, New York bar featured on Season 4 of Bar Rescue. Though the 5th And Vine Bar Rescue episode aired in October 2014, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that. It was Episode 3 of Season 4.

Rhythm and Brews is a bar located in Staten Island, New York.

The owners are twin brothers Steve and Erik Winchow and the pair bought the bar for $50,000 back in 2003, which is over a decade before the Rhythm and Brews Bar Rescue episode.

At first, Rhythm and Brews was a very successful bar. The brothers hired their younger brother Stu to manage the bar. Soon, a biker gang took over the bar giving it a bad image. 

Jon brings in bartending expert Kate Gerwin and Chef Josh Capon.

Josh’s wife Lori does the recon for the restaurant.

There is no wine, so she orders a margarita.

The margarita is not made well at all.

The biker gang acts as if they own the bar and take it over. Anyone can go into the kitchen to cook food.

Chef Josh walks into the kitchen, cooks a pizza, and leaves with both the pizza and the pan, and no one notices a thing. It’s such a weird situation…

Jon has had enough, and he goes into the bar. Jon tells the staff to close the bar and have the customers gone in five minutes.

Jon discusses what he sees with the experts, such as food covered in freezer burn.

Kate explains to the staff how to taste wine and serve it the right way.

Jon really wants to see the owners step up during the stress test.

The biker gang returns, but they have to be kicked out.

Stu, the manager, tells Jon things are not as bad as he thinks they are. 

Jon then meets with the owners and their families.

After talking with their dad, the three brothers realize they must change.

Chef Josh shows the kitchen new recipes, and Kate shows them new drinks.

One drink she shows them is called Three Sons Sour.

Jon goes over the renovations with the owners. He tells them, “All old behavior changes now!” 

As part of the rebranding and relaunch, the bar is renamed 5th and Vine.

The exterior and interior are now extremely classy looking.

The way the bar was built will help bring in more of their target market.

There is a new Center Stage wine system from By the Glass USA. There are also three new POS machines given to the bar by Revention. 

During the relaunch, the staff begins to work as a team.

Customers are enjoying their food and drinks.

The bar is packed with people, not just a biker gang.

Jon thinks this has been a successful bar rescue. 

So – is Jon right about the 5th and Vine Bar Rescue attempt? Let’s find out…

5th And Vine Update - What Happened Next?

Six weeks after filming, sales at 5th and Vine are up to fifty percent, so it seems like things are going very well for the bar.

However, while business was good, the hygiene and management was not up to par.

To start, the bar was closed by the health department based on an “upgraded inspection” in April 2016.

5th and Vine failed a total of 61 different points, including:

  • Evidence of mice or live mice
  • Filth flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated flies.
  • No handwashing facility near food
  • Facility not vermin proof

The bar did reopen after failing the health inspection, but it didn’t last.

5th and Vine closed permanently soon after that in November 2016, around two years after the 5th and Vine Bar Rescue episode aired.

Erik, one of the owners, posted the following:

This Saturday night is the last night to party down with the cast of 5th & Vine. Don’t miss out on the memories

For a time, the old 5th and Vine Staten Island location was occupied by a new bar called The G.O.A.T., short for The Greatest of All Time.

However, as of 2022 that bar is also closed and the location is currently empty as far as we can tell.

A real estate entry on the MLS lists the bar’s location as for sale for $225,000, so it might be purchased and relaunched soon.

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3 thoughts on “Rhythm and Brews / 5th And Vine Bar Rescue Update – Open or Closed?”

  1. I live on Staten Island and whenever I watch this episode, I always think about how Jon Taffer severely misunderstood what it means to run a bar or restaurant on Staten Island.

    All the data in the world for what works in ‘Normal Town USA’ will not apply to Staten Island.

    For one thing, Staten Islanders hate Staten Island. So, they want a local neighborhood joint that they can rely on for consistent faces, food, and alcohol….in their own neighborhood. Traffic on the island is obscene and it keeps people from crossing over into other neighborhoods.

    But there is another problem. Staten Islanders get bored. So, no matter what Jon Taffer did, in 1 year the bar would have to renovate again to offer something new, even if the name did not change. Restauranteurs on the island bounce around starting restaurants and closing them every 2-3 years or so. Only neighborhood leaders get to keep a place open for many years, and still they have to make changes to prevent boredom.

    Finally, Staten Islanders like to own the places they hang out in and make it their own. The “biker gang” in the show is quite harmless. They could have easily built a concept around it and kept that steady traffic. Most Staten Islanders have a loud bark, but they never bite because we all live on this tiny island, went to HS together, and interact constantly.

    I talked to people who went to the 5th and Vine opening night. They told me in true Staten Island fashion, “I don’t get it.”

    Staten Islanders are truly bizarre people. I don’t think Jon Taffer spent enough time here to know exactly why.

    • Interesting. I live on Staten Island. None of what you said applies to me or my friends…Maybe you’re just a spoiled bitchy brat?
      Oh and the reason the bar closed had nothing to do with staffer. You’re from NY and you never learned to read?! Dumbass


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