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Season: 5 | View All Season 5 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: March 19, 2017
The Bar's Original Name Was: Speakeasy
The Second Line Co Address: 4345 Williams Blvd Ste F-1 Kenner, LA 70065
Speakeasy was a Kenner, Louisiana bar featured on Season 5 of Bar Rescue. The Speakeasy Bar Rescue episode originally aired in March 2017.
In this episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer is in Kenner, LA to try and rescue the failing Speakeasy Bar & Grill, a bar owned by husband and wife team Amanda and Keith Bellaci.
Keith had managed some bars in the past so he figured he could strike out his own and become a success.
For the first few years, business was good.
The bar also helped him meet Amanda, who originally helped behind the bar before marrying Keith later on.
They both retired from the bar after their marriage, but they ended up repurchasing the bar in 2015 with the help of Amanda’s mother, named Barbara.
The couple thought the bar would still be profitable, but they quickly discovered that wasn’t the case.
If Amanda’s horrible twerking behavior is any indication, the couple also don’t seem to take the bar seriously as a business.
At the time of Jon’s visit, the Speakeasy Bar & Grill is losing a stomach-churning $5,000 per month.
Tack that on to the fact that the bar is already $250,000 in debt, and things don’t look good for Speakeasy.
As an added bonus, the bartenders can’t even make simple drinks during Jon’s recon session.
The bartenders don’t even have the tools they need to make drinks, relying on awkward workarounds like mixing drinks in plastic cups.
As usual, Jon changed the name of the bar during his rescue attempt, renaming it to the Second Line Co.
He also trains up the staff and adds some new drinks.
The Second Line Co Update - What Happened Next?
If Yelp is any indication, the owners haven’t fully embraced the name change, as the Yelp still goes by the old name of Speakeasy Bar & Grill.
They also have Facebook pages for both bar names and seem to post on both. So who knows how they act in person.
While I can confirm that the bar is still open because they’re still posting on Facebook, so far their doesn’t seem to be much activity on Yelp, so I can’t ascertain whether or not Jon’s changes are making people any happier. All the reviews are still from early 2016.
Despite the name confusion and lack of new reviews, it appears that for now both Speakeasy and Second Line Co are alive and well, even if they’re doing business under the same name.
One change they have stuck with, though, is Jon’s decision to make Second Line Co non-smoking.
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Last updated: 2021-12-29 05:28