(keep reading to learn what happened)
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Original Episode Air Date: August 25, 2019
The Bar's Original Name Was: Stix and Stones Bar and Grill
The Pit Stop Bar and BBQ Address: 11404 E US Hwy 24 Sugar Creek, MO 64054
Stix and Stones Bar and Grill , later renamed to The Pit Stop Bar and BBQ, was a Sugar Creek, Missouri bar that was featured on Season 6 of Bar Rescue.
Though the Stix and Stones Bar Rescue episode aired in August 2019, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place a few months earlier.
It was Season 6 Episode 43 and the episode name was “Stix and Stones May Break Your Bar”.
Stix and Stones Bar and Grill is in Sugar Creek, MO.
Sugar Creek is a small town of 3,000 people that’s part of the Kansas City metropolitan area. It’s located just to the northeast of the downtown and less than a 15 minute drive.
In 2008, Billy Banks opened the bar to combine his love of cars with his dream of owning a bar.
That means he’s had the bar for over a decade at the time of the Stix and Stones Bar Rescue visit.
For the first years Stix and Stones was open, the bar was successful.
Billy was thrilled to live his dream until he was unfortunately diagnosed with cancer.
Billy went into remission, but he realized he needed to spend more time with his family and stepped back from Stix and Stones.
He went from being in the bar every day to barely visiting.
In his absence, the bar has lost 75% of its profits.
Managers have been hired to run the bar, but no one has worked out.
The staff is unruly without leadership.
With the bar in severe debt, Billy has asked his bartender Johnathon to take the role of manager. Razo is a bartender at Stix and Stones who has been an issue. She has gotten sick in front of the customers and has even wet her pants while behind the bar.
Billy doesn’t allow Jonathan to have full reign of the bar and overrules his choices.
Jon Taffer and his experts, mixologist Charity Johnston and Kevin Bludso, start taking a look at the bar to figure out what they need to do to save it.
The experts and Jon notice an abundance of pool tables but not enough dining ones.
The letter Billy wrote to Jon Taffer is read by Jon to the experts, while the footage inside shows him taking shots.
Razo is smoking while pouring drinks, and the ash tip touches the glasses.
Two linemen from Kansas City go into Stix and Stones to spy on the bar.
One of the spies asks for a sweet drink since he is given no menu. The bartender recommends a Long Beach.
Charity is confused by how Razo made the Long Beach and thinks it looked watered down.
When the spies order the food, they are told the wait is a half-hour.
They are also told they need to go to the window to order their food as the bartender doesn’t do that. That just seems like bad service…
In the kitchen, the cook, Rob, is handling raw chicken and not washing his hands after.
Grease and grime cover the kitchen appliances and it’s just generally pretty gross.
The spies notice Razo’s eyes glazing and her stumbling.
She is very drunk. Jon is angry that Razo keeps drinking and enters the bar.
Billy and Jon talk while Razo continues to take shots.
Jon asks Billy if it is legal to smoke behind the bar and takes Razo’s cigarette from her when Billy says it is not.
Jon shows Billy the charred flat top and the grease in the kitchen.
The following day the bar is cleaned.
Jonathan tells Jon Taffer that Billy is like his family, but Jon reminds him that Billy is letting the bar fall into disrepair.
The staff is shown a report that tells them they are losing money daily by drinking at the bar.
Razo claims she paid for all the shots she took the day before, but Jon tells her the footage doesn’t show that.
Charity trains the staff, and they do a cocktail race.
Kevin teaches Jimmy how to make dishes fast and delicious.
Customers will be let in for the stress test, and the staff has under two minutes to serve each one.
Jimmy does great in the kitchen, but the bar can’t keep up.
Ten minutes have passed, and only two customers have been served.
When twenty minutes ended, and only eight drinks had been made, Jon Taffer shut down the test.
Charity continues to train the staff on whiskey-based cocktails.
Kevin shows the team how to make a brisket sandwich with the Billy B onion rings.
As part of the renovations, Jon Taffer has renamed the bar from Stix and Stones to The Pit Stop Bar and Grill.
The bar has been gifted three POS systems, a smoke machine, and uniforms for the staff.
For the relaunch, customers love the new decor.
Jimmy sends out food fast in the kitchen. Razo makes delicious drinks, and Jonathan steps up as a supervisor.
The Pit Stop Bar and BBQ Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Pit Stop Bar Rescue episode, let’s talk about what happened the bar after Jon Taffer and his crew left Sugar Creek, MO.
First off, it wasn’t named The Pit Stop Bar and BBQ for very long.
They started moving away from the name almost as soon as the visit happened.
Initially, they went with The Pit Stop at Stix, but they soon ditched the Pit Stop naming all together and went back to the original Stix and Stones Bar and Grill name.
At the standard six-week check-in with the Bar Rescue producers, we learn that sales at the bar are up by more than 20%.
However, it kind of seems like that’s not the full story as the bar was already listed for sale at that time.
In fact, it seems like the Stix and Stones owners listed it for sale almost immediately after the visit (and before the Stix and Stones Bar Rescue episode even aired on TV).
You can see the for sale listing on BusinessBroker.net.
The asking price was ~$510,000 and the bar claimed annual revenue of ~$231,000.
Because of this, it kind of seems like they just wanted to use the renovation to sell the bar. I don’t want to put bad motivations on them because maybe the life circumstances changed. I’m just saying what it looks like.
With that being said, I can’t find any evidence of the bar being successfully sold, which brings me to the next point.
Is Stix and Stones from Bar Rescue still open?
Stix and Stones closed in 2020, which is around a year after the Stix and Stones Bar Rescue visit.
The bar originally closed in July 2019, which was before the Bar Rescue episode aired on TV (but about three months after the actual visit from Jon Taffer).
However, they reopened a few weeks later, perhaps to see if the Bar Rescue episode airing on TV would attract enough customers to keep the bar afloat.
However, it appears like that didn’t work out because the bar closed permanently in 2020.
As of 2022, the old Stix and Stones Sugar Creek, MO location seems to still be empty.
Here’s a Google Maps street view image from October 2021 that shows the vacant property, with the Stix and Stones sign still there:
Billy seems to still be very into cars and posts about car events a lot on his Facebook page.
Sadly, Razo, one of the bartenders, passed away in 2019, just about six months after the Stix and Stones Bar Rescue visit.
If you want to see some other Missouri Bar Rescue episodes, check out these posts:
- Thunderbird KSC Tavern / Thunderbolt update
- City Bistro / The Beechwood update
- Badlands Country Nightclub / Longshots update
- Crafted / Van Goghz update
- BARcode / RG’s Lounge update
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Last updated: 2022-04-27 06:26