(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 7 | View All Season 7 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: March 1, 2020
The Bar's Original Name Was: SacTown Sports Bar
Brannan Manor Address: 106 J St Sacramento, CA 95814
Brannan Manor, originally known as SacTown Sports Bar and Grill, was a Sacramento, California bar featured on Season 7 of Bar Rescue.
Though the SacTown Bar Rescue episode aired in March 2020, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place earlier.
It was Season 7 Episode 1 and the episode name was “Sactown Going Down”.
Located in Old Town, Sacramento, SacTown Sports Bar and Grill is owned by Chris Eaton.
Chris is a retired police officer who bought the bar in 2016.
The bar is located in a bustling tourist area, which should set it up for success.
However, Chris has no bar experience and slacks off at work, which is why SactTown Bar has found itself on Bar Rescue and about to get a visit from Jon Taffer and his crew.
Ricardo is a new chef, but Chris won’t let him try new ideas.
Beyond that, the bar lost $8,000.00 the previous month, which is not the direction that money is supposed to flow.
Side note – SacTown Bar has a very interesting location.
There is a lot of history within the building, and not all of it is good – a woman once died in the basement during a flood.
Jon wants to test service and enlists rapper T-Pain for help. An entourage of 40+ people enters the bar.
Jon and T-Pain stay hidden within the crowd thanks to Jon’s super incognito skills (and a baseball hat).
They notice the bar has a lot of space with a lot of history.
Jon and T-Pain order the wings, New York strip steak, and the French dip. They also order two specialty drinks.
Jon and T-Pain receive their drinks, and they are too strong.
Ricardo, the kitchen manager, comes out to the table and admits that the food doesn’t look appetizing.
Jon says all the food tastes terrible and asks why he should pay for this meal. Jon and T-Pain walk out.
Jon then meets Chris and the rest of the staff.
They are informed they only have enough money to stay open for two more months.
The bar lost $3,180.00 during the past weekend.
Again, that’s not the direction money is supposed to be moving.
The sports bar theme doesn’t fit in with the clientele, even though Sacramento has some pretty diehard sports fans (even though the Kings kind of suck).
Sports radio is ranked #21 in Sacramento, but Chris swears there is a huge sports fan base in the city.
Jon wants to re-theme the bar.
As part of that, he has the staff remove all the sports memorabilia.
Tommy Palmer, a mixologist, trains the staff.
The bartenders are known to overpour, and he tries to get them to correct that.
Chef Tiffany Derry teaches the team a new chicken recipe.
T-Pain returns for the stress test.
Chris is very nervous, and it takes 9 minutes for T-Pain to get his drink.
But at least T-Pain likes the food and beverages.
Tommy Palmer then trains the staff on new glasses with a haunted theme.
Chef Tiffany Derry teaches the team a high-quality meal, toasted bone marrow.
She tells the staff that you can use the luge for luge shots to upsell drinks.
The bar was renovated and renamed Brannan Manor.
The historic roots really stand out in the bar.
Harbor Touch has installed terminals so customers can charge their phones.
Chris is very helpful to customers during the relaunch.
The customers are happier, and Ricardo is given more freedom.
So was the SacTown Bar Rescue episode a success? Keep reading our update to learn what happened and how the bar is doing in 2023 and beyond.
Brannan Manor Update - What Happened Next?
So, how is SacTown Bar doing since the visit from Bar Rescue and the rebranding to Brannan Manor? Let’s find out!
The staff and customers love the new concept.
More importantly, sales at the bar are way up after the Brannan Manor Bar Rescue episode aired.
Chris has kept the sports memorabilia far away from the renovated barn and he also kept the new name.
A lot of bars go back to their old names after Jon Taffer’s visit, so it’s nice to see an owner actually trust Jon’s advice.
Is SacTown Bar still open? (Brannan Manor)
As of 2023, Brannon Manor is still open and serving customers in Sacramento, CA. It’s still doing so under the name and concept that Jon Taffer gave it on the episode.
However, it’s doing so under slightly different ownership.
Ricardo, the Brannan Manor kitchen manager from the episode, bought the bar from Chris, the original Brannan Manor owner from the episode.
A commented tipped me off to this below and then I verified it by finding this local news article that refers to Ricardo Sibrian as the Brannan Manor owner.
Here’s what he looks like, in case you forgot:
With that being said, the reviews are not good. Brannan Manor has just a two star rating on Yelp with lots of different complaints.
There are some complaints online about waiting a long time for food, poor food, poorly followed directions, and so on.
There are also complaints about loud music being played in the club during the daytime.
Here’s a sampling of some recent reviews for Brannan Manor after the SacTown Bar Rescue visit…
1 star Yelp review from September 2022:
if i could give it 0 stars i would. burgers were basically tasteless and nearly inedible, for how much they cost they should be waaay better.
My partner and i aren’t picky, and we took maybe two bites of our burgers and just opted to pay and leave. would never recommend this place.
2 star Yelp review from August 2022:
Over priced terrible food.
Burger was served in styrofoam and was smashed flat.
Fish and chips were terrible also. Fries were good.
Way over priced for bad food.
Service was not great either.
Apparently, they also make you pay for bottled water if you want water, which is a bit weird.
I noticed people reference being charged for water in multiple reviews. For example, this one…
2 star Yelp review from August 2022:
Sans friendly waitstaff, DO NOT go here for the food.
Tremendously overpriced, my “California burger” was so bad, I couldn’t eat it.
My fiancé got the “El Chapo” burger and again, could not eat it.
The burger patties were over-seasoned and tasted weird.
We ordered ice water and we’re brought ice in a glass and two bottled waters; which cost $4 each.
Fountain drinks were $6!!! Unbelievable.
1 star Yelp review from July 2022:
DO NOT EAT HERE!
Water ISN’T FREE and when you order it, they don’t tell you it’s bottled and they won’t give tap water with ice.
The food took over an hour to hit our table and when it did, most of it was cold.
My club sandwich had soggy bread, the wings were soggy underneath, the baked potato was very old and leathery, the tacos were cold and the chicken strips greasy.
And the food didn’t come out all at once.
One of our party had to wait an additional 10 minutes for her food.
THEN there’s the pricing, which is ridiculous.
I don’t mind paying for good food but what we were charged for was very far from good.
What gets me…..this was a Bar Rescue location.
This one is an epic fail.
Finally, here’s a Google Maps street view embed that shows you what the Brannan Manor Sacramento location looks like today:
Overall, while SacTown Bar / Brannan Manor is still open for now, I have to wonder how long the bar will last given its poor reviews.
Still, it did manage to survive through the added stress of the Covid-19 pandemic, so it does seem to be doing ok business wise.
The new ownership also gives it a chance to turn things around.
I hope Ricardo is able to get the bar back on track.
If anything changes or if Brannan Manor closes, I’ll be sure to update this page.
SacTown Bar was the only Bar Rescue Sacramento episode.
However, if you want to see some other nearby California Bar Rescue episodes, you can check out my updates for Leia’s / The Grant in Tracy, The Tradewinds in Cotati, and Rob Ben’s in Emeryville (Marshawn Lynch’s bar).
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Last updated: 2023-02-12 06:22
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Sure hope he was a better cop cause even after John Taffers visit this place was sad! Very sad!!! I’m a cross country truck driver so I live in places like this cause I know what to expect at a truck stop so two to three times a week I go to restaurants or bar serving food so after watching bar rescue I thought it be good, right? WRONG!!! NY STRIP med well NO PINK got a raw steak cold tater’s. Oh well not on my visit again list. I will say the waitress was real cool but she was the only bright spot. Good thing Taco Bell was on the way back and the cabbie was hungry so he accepted 3 taco’s for his tip. Waitress & cab driver were the best part of this visit!!!
Thanks for sharing your experience!
It’s about time a bar is still open after all that money is put into it too rescue the bar. Not many that are rescued are still open. They should have to repay for the makeover if they close. Make them responsible for making a go at it.
Great idea, but if they’re broke and about to go under, and then get a few months to recoup and close anyways, how are they going to repay?
Update: Ricardo bought Brannon Manor from Chris, and is continuing to implement the suggestions made on the show. The changes include making a transition from a sports bar to a more upscale, more family-oriented restaurant.
Some of the previous regulars are understandably unhappy about this, and they’re being vocal about it. Big tables full of rowdy fans who stay on until closing time are no longer the target audience. Prices are up due to food costs, but also presumably as part of establishing a new target demographic. And you can no longer sit at the bar and drink tap water while you watch a game; at a minimum you have to pay a couple of bucks for a bottle of water. This policy alone is responsible for many negative reviews.
Hopefully this bumpy transition will smooth out soon and the restaurant will thrive in its new incarnation. Don’t let the negative reviews mislead you, though. The food is good, the service is solid, and the new owners are working hard to make Brannon Manor a success.
Thanks for sharing! I hope it works out.
I would try this based on the concept alone.
It’s seems that Chris the former owner now owns what appears to be a sports bar called Time out Tavern
I guess his love of sports is still strong so that’s what he went with.
We were anxious to go here because of it being a Bar Rescue bar. The bar staff were rude and loud. The margaritas were terrible. The music was too loud, making it impossible to hear each other. Very very disappointed.
Thanks for sharing your firsthand experience! Always interesting to hear from people who have gone to the bars.
I was hoping it would get better under the new ownership