(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 4 | View All Season 4 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: March 15, 2015
The Bar's Original Name Was: Friar Tucks
Stein Haus Brau and Brats Address: 540 E Foothill Blvd Pomona, CA 91767
Friar Tucks, later renamed Stein Haus Brau and Brats, was a Pomona, California bar that was featured on Season 4 of Bar Rescue. Though the Stein Haus Bar Rescue episode aired in March 2015, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that.
It was Season 4 Episode 16 and the episode name was “Storming the Castle” .
In this episode, Jon Taffer visits Friar Tucks, which is in Pomona, California.
Ivan Vuich is the owner and the exterior of the bar looks like a castle. Well, kind of…
Ivan married the owner’s niece and was given the bar through that connection.
The bar is historic to the area, having been open since the 1980s.
At first, Ivan was making $60,000 a month, so things were going pretty well.
At that point, Sami was brought on as a manager.
Ivan and Sami do not get along, and the staff feels their hostility.
The bar has slid down hill and they are now over $100,000 in debt, which is why the Friar Tucks Bar Rescue episode exists.
To help the bar, Jon Taffer brings in Doug, a comedian who has bar experience.
They agree that the outside looks childish. I also agree – I wouldn’t want to hang out at a bar there.
Trista is a bartender and also the manager’s fiancé.
Lonnie and Anjuli are also staff members, but they drink on the job and play pool.
Jon’s experts, mixologist Jason Bran, and Chef Aaron McCargo, are the spies.
They order two drinks, but they have no popular brands of alcohol.
They also order a burger and think the cook has potential but seems lazy.
The chicken is not as good as the burger, and Ivan is upset with the feedback.
Ivan gets mad and begins to start fights with his staff. Jon gets angry and comes in.
Jon tells Ivan he is the main problem of the bar.
Ivan gets mad and begins to leave.
Sami begs Jon Taffer not to give up on them.
Jon agrees to help but not for Ivan.
Jon comes in to have a meeting the next day.
The staff and Sami are all owed money.
Jon and Ivan have a private chat, and Ivan settles down.
Ivan and Sami are taught how to make a good burger and fries.
The bartenders are learning a vodka cocktail by using the correct bottle size and a pour spout.
Ivan is going to help in the kitchen and the front during the stress test.
However, Ivan is causing trouble in the kitchen. And in the bar, Ivan is confused about what to do.
Basically, while he’s supposed to be a help…he’s not really helping the bar or the kitchen.
He does start to turn it around, though…
The experts say that everyone’s training was forgotten during the stress test except for Ivan, who managed to stay calm.
Ivan is trained on how to make bratwurst with beer.
The bar staff is taught how to make a drink themed after the castle-like building the bar resides.
It takes two days for the bar to be renovated by the Bar Rescue team.
As part of the remodel, the bar is renamed from Friar Tucks to Stein Haus Brau & Brats.
It is now a German-themed bar.
The interior looks more sophisticated thanks to Jon Taffer’s new ideas for the renovation.
The inside looks like a beer garden with wooden bar tops, tabletops, and stone walls.
There are three new POS machines and a lifetime subscription to Partender.
The orders come in fast during the relaunch.
The bartenders have to be reminded to slow down and relax.
The kitchen staff steps up, and food is leaving the kitchen quickly.
Jon and Ivan are happy. They made $1,100 in one hour during the relaunch, which is better than the bar has ever done before..
Stein Haus Brau and Brats Update - What Happened Next?
So – was the Stein Haus Bar Rescue episode a success? Let’s talk about what happened after Jon Taffer left the castle.
Things started off very well for Stein Haus Brau and Brats.
Sales are up 15% six weeks after Jon Taffer’s visit.
Ivan and Sami are getting along and working well together.
Ivan is still cooking and he’s found that it’s something he’s really passionate about.
However, while things looked promising at first, the good times would not last for Stein Haus.
Is Stein Haus from Bar Rescue still open?
Stein Haus closed in December 2015, about nine months after the Stein Haus Bar Rescue episode aired on TV and a little over a year after the visit from Jon Taffer.
The owners didn’t give any reason for the bar’s closure – they just stopped posting on social media and marked the bar as closed on platforms like Yelp.
As of 2022, the old Stein Haus Pomona location seems to remain vacant, even though it’s been over six years since the bar’s closure.
I guess not many businesses want to move into a castle…
Here’s what the street view from Google Maps looks like as of September 2021:
Over all, we’ve added Stein Haus to our list of permanently closed Bar Rescue bars.
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Last updated: 2022-01-30 04:07