SacTown Bar Rescue Update (Brannan Manor) – Still Open Today?

Is Brannan Manor still open today?

Status: >> OPEN <<
(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

SacTown Bar / Brannan Manor Bar Rescue Update

Episode Recap

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”.

In this episode, Jon Taffer and his crew head to Sacramento to rescue the SacTown Sports Bar and Grill.

Located in the Old Town area of the city, the bar is owned by Chris Eaton.

Chris is a retired police officer who bought the bar in 2016, which means that he’s had it for around four years at the time of the episode.

SacTown owner on Bar Rescue

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 in the kitchen.

Beyond that, the bar lost a whopping $8,000 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).

That’s sarcasm haha – it’s a pretty ridiculous scene imo.

Jon Taffer incognito SacTown

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 to see how things are doing at the bar.

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 Taffer and T Pain at SacTown

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 my full update to learn what happened and how the bar is doing in 2024 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!

At the end of the episode, we learn that 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 my most recent check, 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:

Ricardo SacTown

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. F

or 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:


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:

Final thoughts on the bar

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).

I also have a page that lists all of the California episodes from the show.

And if you want to share your thoughts on the bar or the episode, you can do so using the comments section below.

I especially love hearing from people who have been able to visit Brannan Manor in person.

Thanks for reading!

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Last updated: 2024-04-28 06:09

20 thoughts on “SacTown Bar Rescue Update (Brannan Manor) – Still Open Today?”

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  1. 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!!!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. Absolutely awful. Was there last week for lunch on a Wed. afternoon. They weren’t very busy and service was painfully slow. I ordered a Cobb salad and it took a half hour to come out. Lettuce was wilted and other ingredients were not fresh. I also asked for extra dressing and did not get it. My girlfriend ordered a sandwich with extra cheese, and when it was served the slice of cheese was on the plate and not part of the sandwich! Server was very impersonal. Drinks and food were way overpriced. Surprised they are still in business.

    • Thanks for sharing your experience. Sad to hear it hasn’t gotten any better under the new ownership.

  7. I was confused by kitchen manager watching all that heinous food go out and yet taking zero accountability for it. None. Dude, yer the kitchen manager so sit back, order a tall glass of STFU, and use yer “15 yrs of excellence” to do yer damn job. TY, that’ll be all

  8. T-Pain cracks me up in this episode. Saying the sandwich looked like a prostitute’s pu**y and worn out labia. LMFAO. Love T-Pain.

  9. Location, location, location …

    Old Sacramento is just the wrong location and wrong clientele for a sports bar.

    But, the location of this bar just well might be the wrong location for a bar. Within Old Sacramento, the Sactown/Brannan Manor location is where the foot traffic begins to thin out considerably, compared to storefronts a block or two away. I sometimes walk past there on the way to the train station, and they post someone outside the door greeting people as they walk by trying to get them to come inside. Place never seems busy, compared to other businesses in the more heavily trafficked blocks.

    There are already a lot of bars in Old Sacramento, and the busier ones seem to play off the area’s old west theme. Contrary to what Taffer thinks, Sacramento CAN be a great sports town, especially like this past season when the Kings had a breakthrough year. If Chris had opened the Sactown sports bar adjacent to the downtown arena, he might have done well (although the bad location in Old Sacramento was just one of many issues he had).

  10. “Jon and T-Pain stay hidden within the crowd thanks to Jon’s super incognito skills (and a baseball hat).”

    Yeah, stay hidden with a camera crew filming everything you are doing and saying. Very subtle, very incognito- no one will notice.

    • That was sarcasm haha. I thought the scene was super funny because they’re the least incognito people possible.

  11. The kitchen manager that bought the place should have been fired first!! Zero accountability no wonder the place has such bad reviews


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