Sierra Madre Cantina Bar Rescue Update (Kalaveraz) – Still Open in 2022?

Is Sierra Madre Cantina still open in 2022?

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

Season: 7 | View All Season 7 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: May 3, 2020
The Bar's Original Name Was: Kalaveraz Cocina-Cantina
Sierra Madre Cantina Address: 329 W Felicita Ave Escondido, CA 92025

Sierra Madre Cantina Bar Rescue Update (Kalaveraz)

Episode Recap

Kalaveraz Cocina-Cantina, later renamed to Sierra Madre Cantina, was an Escondido, California bar that was featured on Season 7 of Bar Rescue.

Though the Sierra Madre Cantina Bar Rescue episode aired in May 2020, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place a few months earlier at the beginning of 2020.

It was Season 7 Episode 10 and the episode name was “Raging Turkey”.

In this episode, Jon Taffer visits Kalaveraz Cocina-Cantina, a Mexican restaurant and bar.

Kalaveraz Cocina-Cantina is located in Escondido, CA.

If you’re not familiar with California geography, Escondido is in southern California, right to the north of San Diego.

The bar is owned by Juan Magana, who bought the bar in 2018.

That means he’s owned it for about two years at the time of the Kalaveraz Bar Rescue episode.

When he bought the bar, it was originally named Anejo’s Bar and Grill.

However, issues with cleanliness led to the bar getting shut down shortly after he purchased it.

To get rid of the bad reputation, Juan invested over $250,000 in the bar, including $70,000 that he got from his parents.

However, the bar is not doing well and is losing $10,000 per month at the time of the Kalaveraz Bar Rescue visit.

As part of saving and renovating the bar, Jon Taffer decided to rebrand it to a new name – Sierra Madre Cantina.

So was the Sierra Madre Cantina Bar Rescue episode a success, and is this bar still going strong in 2022? Let’s find out…

Sierra Madre Cantina Update - What Happened Next?

Now that we’ve recapped the Sierra Madre Cantina Bar Rescue episode, let’s talk about what happened to the bar after Jon Taffer and his crew left Escondido, CA.

Things seemed to start off well, as sales were growing at the standard six-week check-in with the Bar Rescue producers.

Juan also kept the new Sierra Madre Cantina name that Jon Taffer gave the bar, instead of reverting to the old name like a lot of Bar Rescue owners.

Is Sierra Madre Cantina from Bar Rescue still open?

As of 2022, Sierra Madre Cantina is still open and serving customers in Escondido, CA.

They did briefly close for a few months in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, they reopened shortly thereafter in May 2020, so it didn’t slow them down too much.

Reviews for the bar seem quite good as it has a 4 star rating on Yelp, a 4.8 star rating on Facebook, and a 4.1 star rating on Google reviews.

The bar also seems to have regular events and activities, including live music and dancing, karaoke, and other standard bar events.

You can see some footage of one of the live music/dancing events on Juan’s Facebook page.

Here’s a sampling of reviews that were written after the Sierra Madre Cantina Bar Rescue visit happened.

Three star Yelp review from March 2022:

The atmosphere is good if your only going to drink at the bar, the lady at the bar is great. The gentleman that brought the food was awesome. But the cooks are not the greatest the food has no taste at ALL the ceviche had more tomato than flavor. sorry need to do better.

Five star Yelp review from March 2022:

So glad I found this place. Please make a stop if in town and looking for some great margaritas and Mexican food. TVs available if you need a quick sports fix. Kid friendly. No complaints at all. Great job Sierra Madre !!!

Three star Yelp review from March 2022:

Not the worst place to go, but service was very slow and there was only one or two other tables. Food was very bland. Maybe I’ll give it another try in the future.

Overall, it seems to be above average, but not blowing people away. Honestly, that’s fine – you can totally build a success business on just that alone.

If you’re in the Escondido area and you want to check it out, you can learn more and see the menu at the official Sierra Madre Cantina website.

If you want to see some other San Diego area Bar Rescue episodes, check out these posts:

More Information

What did you think about the Sierra Madre Cantina Bar Rescue episode? I'd love it if you shared your thoughts on the episode in the comments below!

You can also click the buttons below to share this post!

And don't forget to check out all of the other Bar Rescue updates.

Watch Bar Rescue Episodes at Amazon
Last updated: 2022-04-24 08:15

Leave a Comment

Share to...