(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 4 | View All Season 4 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: March 8, 2015
The Bar's Original Name Was: Sandbar Sports Grill
Hot Rock Bar and Grille Address: 3064 Grand Ave Coconut Grove, FL 33143
Sandbar Sports Grill, later renamed Hot Rock Bar and Grille, was a Coconut Grove, Florida bar that was featured on Season 4 of Bar Rescue.
Though the Sandbar Bar Rescue episode aired in March 2015, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that.
It was Season 4 Episode 15 and the episode name was “Bromancing the Stone”.
The Sandbar Sports Grill is located in Coconut Grove, FL.
Coconut Grove is an upscale area in Miami, FL – right along the water.
Albert Borrero is the owner of the bar.
After visiting the bar for years, he decided to buy it in 2007. That means he’s been the owner for about 8 years at the same of the Sandbar Sports Grill Bar Rescue episode.
In 2010 their sales dropped after legislation drove out the nightly crowds.
Matt Gentile is Alberts’s friend and co-owner of the bar. Currently, the Sandbar Sports Grill is losing money and months away from closing.
Matt is upset that Albert pays himself a high salary as a manager yet doesn’t manage the bar well.
He is nervous because he has started a family and has a lot to lose, so he calls Jon Taffer for help.
For this rescue, Jon brings in Mia Mastroianni and Gavan Murphy.
The area is quiet by 11:00 PM, so Jon says it is essential to focus on happy hour, lunch, and dinner.
Mack and Nick from a local radio station spy on the bar.
The pair orders a Category 5 Hurricane, one of the Sandbar’s specialty drinks.
The juice used makes the drinks too sweet. Shakira, the bartender, is shaking an Old Fashioned.
She has to be reminded that you do not shake an Old Fashioned; she serves it in the wrong class without ice.
The fish tacos the spies order do not even look as if they were cooked.
Albert is playing games instead of working at the bar.
Jon Taffer enters the bar after the rest of the food is brought out inedible.
Mia says she feels she needs to shower after entering the bar.
There are bugs in the liquor bottles, and everything in the bar is unsafe. It’s all super gross.
Jon makes them shut the bar down as he goes into the kitchen.
The kitchen is just as gross as the bar.
Jon tells the staff to clean and come back when it is.
The next day Jon asks the team to tell him about the bar’s theme as it is confusing.
Matt shares with Jon that he is nervous Albert doesn’t care about the bar.
Albert is forced to apologize, although he is hesitant to do so at first.
Mia is training the bartenders, but Albert is on his phone texting, and because of that, he can’t make the Hurricane drink Mia trained them on.
In the kitchen, they are taught how to cook seafood.
The bar is opened for the stress test, but they fall behind right away.
The cooks aren’t cooking the food properly, and the bar is behind on drinks.
Mia tells Albert that he has no business being behind the bar.
He responds by saying that he doesn’t care what Jon Taffer thinks. If that’s the case, why bring Taffer in to rescue the bar?
Jon closes out the checks for the night and tells Albert he is cancer to the bar.
Albert threatens to leave, and Jon says that he probably should.
Jon meets with the owners the next day and promises that he will make the bar something to be proud of.
The next evening he shows the staff and owners the newly remodeled bar.
As part of the renovations, Jon changed the name from Sandbar Sports Grill to Hot Rock Bar and Grille.
Jon put into POS systems and a subscription to Partender.
The bar is packed during the relaunch.
Shakira does a great job behind the bar.
So would the changes lead to success? Let’s talk about what happened after the Hot Rock Bar and Grill episode stopped filming…
Hot Rock Bar and Grille Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Sandbar Bar Rescue visit, let’s talk about what happened to the bar after Jon Taffer and his crew left Coconut Grove, FL.
Things started off well, as the revamped bar was quickly earning hundreds of thousands per month.
However, they didn’t like the new Hot Rock Bar and Grille name that Jon Taffer gave the bar.
They quickly reverted back to the Sandbar Sports Grill name and removed the new sign.
So was the name change a good idea? Well, it seems to be working so far…
Is Sandbar Sports Grill from Bar Rescue still open?
As of 2022, Sandbar Sports Grill is still open and serving customers in Coconut Grove, FL. They’re doing so under the original Sandbar Sports Grill name, after having rejected the new Hot Rock Bar and Grille name that Jon Taffer gave the bar.
Reviews for the bar are ok but not great – it has a 3.5 star rating on Yelp, 4.2 stars on Google Reviews, and 4.1 stars on Facebook.
The positive reviews seem to generally compliment the low prices and good value, while the negative reviews seem to focus on the service quality.
The bar was closed for around a year from 2020 to 2021. While it started as a closure because of the coronavirus pandemic, there was a fire in the kitchen that forced the bar to stay closed for about a year.
Sandbar Sports Grill was able to fix the fire damage and reopen in April 2021 and it remains open since then.
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Last updated: 2022-03-13 11:20