(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 8 | View All Season 8 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: March 20, 2022
The Bar's Original Name Was: Gilly's the Spot
Stadium Club Bar & Grill Address: 4343 Dunwoody Park Atlanta, GA 30338
Gilly’s the Spot, later renamed Stadium Club Bar & Grill, was a Dunwoody, Georgia bar that was featured on Season 8 of Bar Rescue.
Though the Stadium Club Bar Rescue episode aired in March 2022, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that in December 2021.
It was Season 8 Episode 13 and the episode name was “Penalty on the Bar”.
In the first episode of the second half of Bar Rescue Season 8, Jon Taffer and his crew visit Gilly’s in Dunwoody, Georgia.
Dunwoody is a city that’s part of the Atlanta suburbs in DeKalb County, so it’s in a very big urban area, which should give it lots of chances for success.
The bar is owned by Willie Chandler, a veteran of the hospitality industry who has been working in it all his life.
Willie has been wanting to get on Bar Rescue for five years, so he’s no newbie to the show.
After trying to get the Gilly’s Bar Rescue episode to happen for almost half a decade, Willie finally succeeded with Season 9. More on how he got his bar on the show later on.
Why does Willie need help? Well, we learn that he’s dealing with over $250,000 in debt and the bar is losing more around $4,000 per month.
Put those money problems together and the bar is just two months from closure at the time of Taffer’s visit (or at least that’s what we’re told).
Money problems aren’t the only issue, though.
The bar’s kitchen is also filthy – so filthy that the employees won’t actually eat there.
During the stress test, Jon Taffer uses penalty flags to indicate mistakes.
Every time there’s a mistake in the bar, Jon throws another penalty flag, which obviously leads to some funny situations.
You can see Jon Taffer enjoying throwing his penalty flags in this short YouTube clip:
Jon Taffer also took the opportunity to train the staff at one of his own bars – the creatively named Taffer’s Tavern in Atlanta, GA.
Never miss a chance for some cross-promotion, right? Haha.
After the stress test, Jon Taffer decides that he’s going to rename and rebrand the bar as part of the renovation process.
The renovations started late Wednesday night and were done by Friday morning, so it was a pretty fast turnaround.
He changed the name from Gilly’s to Stadium Club Bar & Grill.
Jon thought that the rounded front of the building looked like a stadium, which is why he decided to change the name to The Stadium Club.
The bar also got a new signature cocktail named after the Gilly’s owner – the Willie Wild Bloody Mary.
On relaunch night, Willie seems to have regained his passion and the bar looks to be set up for success.
So was the Gilly’s Bar Rescue episode actually all that it seemed? Let’s talk about what happened next for the bar and some behind-the-scenes information.
Stadium Club Bar & Grill Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Stadium Club Bar Rescue episode, let’s talk about what happened to the bar after Jon Taffer’s visit, along with some background information on the behind the scenes of the show.
First off, as I mentioned above, Willie had been trying to get Gilly’s bar on the show for around five years.
He said that, at first, the bar didn’t have enough drama for the show.
To finally get the producers to put him on, Willie had his staff really play up the drama for the show.
In an interview with local media, Willie basically said that he had the staff make up a lot of the stuff. I guess that’s reality TV, right?
So, the second time they came, we had a meeting and just made up a whole bunch of stuff,
With that being said, Willie was really happy with the free renovation that he got from the Bar Rescue crew.
It seems like he was kind of in it for the free publicity and makeover, which I guess is the case for a lot of the bars that are featured on Bar Rescue.
Is Stadium Club from Bar Rescue still open?
As of 2022, Stadium Club is still open and serving customers in Dunwoody, GA, but it’s doing so under the original Gilly’s name. The owners quickly reverted back to the old name shortly after Taffer left.
It now goes by both Gilly’s the Spot and Gilly’s Sports Bar, depending on the social media profile that you’re looking at.
Willie wanted to keep the bar’s original name because of its long history. He told the media this in the same interview that I linked above:
I’m not getting rid of  years of history just because the building is curved, so we are going to go back to Gilly’s
The overall reviews for the bar aren’t great as it has just a three star rating on Yelp.
However, ratings that have come in after the December 2021 Bar Rescue visit seem to be a little more positive, though still not amazing.
If you want to see an update for another Atlanta Bar Rescue episode, you can check out our The Comeback Bar / Barlow’s update. That bar is also located in DeKalb County.
Jon Taffer also rescued another Georgia bar a few episodes later in Season 8 – here’s our Tropica / Confetti’s update.
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Last updated: 2022-04-18 06:26