(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 6 | View All Season 6 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: July 21, 2019
The Bar's Original Name Was: Whiskey Girl Saloon
Stampede Saloon Address: 2413 Ellis Avenue Fort Worth, TX 76164
Whiskey Girl Saloon, later renamed to Stampede Saloon, was a Fort Worth, Texas bar that was featured on Season 6 of Bar Rescue.
Though the Stampede Saloon Bar Rescue episode aired in July 2019, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place a few months earlier.
It was Season 6 Episode 39 and the episode name was “Reckless Roundhouse”.
In this episode, Jon Taffer and his crew visit Whiskey Girl Saloon in Fort Worth, TX.
The bar is primarily owned by Luke Beshera, who’s full time job is a lawyer.
In order to purchase the bar, he also brought on other investors to make the initial purchase.
Luke and his investors opened the bar in 2012, which means it’s been open for about 7 years at the time of the Whiskey Girl Saloon Bar Rescue episode.
However, the bar really never got off the ground after launching, even though it had the help of a mascot named Rick Roundhouse.
After only being open for one month, business began to decline.
Soon, Luke had to cover his partner’s costs.
Luke contacted Fred Barnett and Keith Peterson to become co-owners in the bar since they have experience.
Customers started to leave as Luke got rid of staff members stealing from him.
Luke created a mascot for the bar named Rick Roundhouse to increase revenue.
However, the staff hates Rick Roundhouse.
The other bar owners are limiting Luke’s presence in the bar because he is disruptive.
In total, the owners have lost over $250,000, which is why they’ve asked Jon Taffer and his crew for help.
They’re also losing a whopping $6,000 per month, so that debt total is going in the wrong direction.
To help save the bar, Jon Taffer brought in expert mixologist Phil Wills.
Jon and mixologist Phil Wills meet at the bar.
The bar is only open two nights a week, so they cannot do anything that night.
Soon after, Jon Taffer meets with the owners while Phil visits other bars in the neighborhood.
The owners are embarrassed Whiskey Girl Saloon was closed when Jon arrived.
Since the other bars are busy on a Monday night, Jon wonders why their bar isn’t open.
All of the bars Phil visits are crowded and lively.
Fred tells Jon the bar is busiest on Saturday; he also tells him about Rick Roundhouse, Luke’s alter ego.
Luke is a lawyer, and Jon says he should know better after Jon shows footage of Luke being rude to women at the bar.
The next day at a staff meeting, the employees complained about Rick Roundhouse.
Luke comes into the bar and introduces himself as Rick to Jon.
Jon shows Luke footage of him being inappropriate with women customers.
He also calls him out to give out free drinks and leave tabs open.
Since he can’t handle the truth, Luke walks out of the bar.
To prep for the stress test, Phil Wills starts to train the bartenders.
They begin by making margaritas, a popular drink in the area.
Kevin Bledsoe, a BBQ expert, sets up pre-packaged food in the kitchen for the stress test to see if having a kitchen will work.
He shows them how to make a mac and cheese pork meal.
The bartenders have to sell thirty drinks in thirty minutes.
The bar is overwhelmed when the stress test starts and customers aren’t being served.
The owners are called in to help, but the bartenders still can’t keep up.
The customers loved the food, so Jon decided he would set a kitchen up for the bar.
After the stress test, the experts continue training up the staff at Whiskey Girl Saloon.
Phil trains the bartenders on a vodka-based cocktail that glitters and is served in a pouch.
Kevin shows the cooks how to make a brisket in a smoker.
Luke meets with his investors and Jon and sets up a payment plan to pay them back.
While all of that is happening, Jon Taffer’s crew has been hard at work renovating the bar.
As part of the renovations, Jon Taffer renamed it from Whiskey Girl Saloon to Stampede Saloon.
A new DJ booth and an Orange Door Entertainment System featuring over 50,000 songs have been added to the bar.
Beyond that, a new ice machine and POS machines have been gifted to the bar.
The customers come in for the relaunch, and the bartenders make drinks consistent and tasty.
So were the changes from the Whiskey Girl Saloon Bar Rescue episode a success? Let’s move onto the update portion of the post and talk about whether the bar is still open in 2023.
Stampede Saloon Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Stampede Bar Rescue visit, let’s talk about what happened to the bar after Jon Taffer and his crew left Fort Worth, TX.
At the standard six-week check-in with the Bar Rescue producers, we learn that sales at the bar have increased.
This extra money has helped Luke create a prepayment plan to start paying back his investors.
However, these improvements would, unfortunately, not lead to long-term success at the bar.
Is Stampede Saloon from Bar Rescue still open?
Stampede Saloon closed in late 2021 after a long period of drama. The bar had a stop and start road since Bar Rescue but it is now closed for good.
The bar originally closed in July 2019, slightly before the Stampede Saloon Bar Rescue episode aired.
So at that point, it looked like it would be another Bar Rescue failure.
However, Stampede Saloon then reopened a week after the Bar Rescue episode aired on TV.
Soft grand re-opening tonight!
Flash the image below for free admission.
Here’s a screenshot of the post in case it gets deleted:
Someone commented on the Facebook post saying “I’m so confused” and Stampede Saloon responded “Welcome to the show”, so they seem to understand it’s a bit chaotic.
So despite that hiccup, the bar was still open for a long time after the episode.
It appears that the bar was under new ownership, though. Here’s the description from its Facebook page:
Former Nashville recording artist and Staff Writer for Charlie Daniels, Tommy Snyder, and his partner have returned the “Bar Rescued” Stampede Saloon to its former glory.
Come out and see why it’s one of the premier spots for live music in Forth Worth.
So it appears that Luke was no longer the Stampede Saloon owner after the reopening.
The new bar also had more of a focus on live music.
Reviews seemed decent but not amazing, as it had a 4.3 star rating on Google Reviews.
Here’s a sampling of some reviews that have happened after the Stampede Saloon Bar Rescue episode.
5 star Google Review from March 2021:
Nice laid back atmosphere.
Decent dance floor, outside area in back, pool tables & a few games.
5 star Google Review from February 2021:
Ricky Roundhouse greeted me at the door with a wink, a drink, a joke, and a smoke and whoa boy let me tell you…the rest was history!
Best damn saloon in the land.
1 star Google Review from August 2021:
Went here with friends and had a great time…
I have now received 2 receipts to my email with charges for food that I did not order.
Edit: I got in touch with someone on Facebook and they refunded my money.
Still very shady as I’m sure they did this to a lot of people and probably still do.
However, Stampede Saloon stopped posting on its Facebook page in September 2021, so it seems like it is officially closed around that time.
As of 2023, the old Stampede Saloon Fort Worth, TX location is occupied by a new bar named Rhinestone Saloon.
Someone in the comments section below also confirmed that Stampede Saloon has now been changed to Rhinestone Saloon under new ownership.
I also confirmed this by looking at a Google Street view shot from April 2022, which shows the new Rhinestone Saloon branding:
You can learn more about the new bar on the Rhinestone Saloon Facebook page.
What happened to Rick Roundhouse / Luke (the Lawyer)?
As far as I can tell, Luke is still working full time as a lawyer.
However, he also does seem to still post as Rick Roundhouse on Facebook (or at least someone is).
He has posts as recent as February 2023, so it’s definitely still an active page well after the bar closed.
Based on recent posts from February, it seems that Rick Roundhouse is involved with a new bar named Koe Wetzel’s Riot Room.
I’m not sure what Luke’s / Rick Roundhouse’s relationship to the bar is.
Koe Wetzel is a country singer, but I’m not sure if he’s the full owner or just lending his name to the bar as a partial owner.
He does refer to it as “something me and some friends have been cooking up”.
That rounds out my update!
If you want to see some other Fort Worth / Dallas area Bar Rescue episodes, you can check out these posts:
- Char / The Brick Tavern update
- Mary’s Outpost / Thirsty’s Roadside Bar update
- G Willickers Pub update
Or, to see all 15+ bars from the state, check out my full Bar Rescue Texas episode list.
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Last updated: 2023-03-24 05:35