Sydney Bar Rescue Update (Bluewater Oyster Bar) – Still Open in 2022?

Is Sydney An Australian Beach Club still open in 2022?

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

Season: 6 | View All Season 6 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: July 15, 2018
The Bar's Original Name Was: Bluewater Daiquiri and Oyster Bar
Sydney An Australian Beach Club Address: 205 1st St N Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

Sydney Bar Rescue Update (Bluewater Oyster Bar)

Episode Recap

Bluewater Daiquiri and Oyster Bar, later renamed Sydney an Australian Beach Club, was a Jacksonville Beach, Florida bar that was featured on Season 6 of Bar Rescue.

Though the Sydney Bar Rescue episode aired in July 2018, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that.

It was Season 6 Episode 18 and the episode name was “Fish Out of Blue Water”.

In this episode of the Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer visited the Bluewater Daiquiri and Oyster Bar in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

Jacksonville Beach is, unsurprisingly, the beach part of Jacksonville.

The bar has a great location right by the ocean.

The owner of Bluewater Daiquiri and Oyster Bar is Chung Ong.

Chung migrated from China to America in 2006.

He’s originally from Malaysia but permanently moved to the USA at 17.

The bar is mostly handled by the manager Charlie, after hiring him Chung didn’t visit the bar for eight months.

When Jon asked him about the issues, Chung blamed the management.

The bartender Brigette is Charlie’s girlfriend who didn’t seem to know much about her job.

Chung told that he has already invested $300,000 in the bar and currently he was at a loss of $10,000 per month.

That huge loss is why the Bluewater Bar Rescue episode happened and why Chung needs so much help from Jon Taffer.

To help rescue the Bluewater bar, Jon Taffer was accompanied by rapper Lil Jon (which you can see in the screenshot above).

Both of them had the same thoughts about the exterior of the bar looking quite outdated.

Even the inside didn’t go with the theme of a party bar. Lil John also didn’t like Brigette’s attitude specifically.

Lil Jon’s first advice was that they should focus on selling it as a daiquiri bar.

When Lil Jon checked only three daiquiri machines were working.

Even the food wasn’t that good only shells oysters were made well. 

Jon first decided to sort out the communication issues.

He decided to talk to Chung and Charlie together.

When he asked Chung about Charlie’s performance, Chung said he wasn’t as efficient as before.

They told him that Charlie had to clean up his act and fire Brigette since she was extremely incompetent.

Charlie even gave his leaving notice to Chung but then returned the next day. 

The same day Jon told Chung that the bar has suffered a loss of nearly $3,225.

Upon hearing this Chung accused Charlie of stealing which the latter quickly declined.

Jon had to intervene and tell Chung that Charlie looks like he wants to improve.

In the stress test, the employees fail to impress Jon who keeps noticing all the mistakes.

After the test is over, Jon questions Charlie about what he thought happened.

Charlie tries to justify their massive failure by saying they were underprepared.

This explanation got Charlie the nickname “Mr. Excuses” by Jon. Lol – classic Taffer move.

After everything, Jon concluded that Charlie was the biggest reason that the bar wasn’t working.

His managerial skills were extremely poor which needed to change.

His shortcomings aside, he really showed eagerness to improve and had a good working relationship with Chung.

Jon advised Chung to keep Charlie around but train him properly.

Then Jon called some experts for advice, who said that the location was great.

While the experts worked on training up the staff, Jon Taffer and his crew got to work on renovating the bar.

After the whole décor renewal, the bar was unveiled with the new name Sydney: An Australian Beach Club.

So – would the Sydney Bar Rescue episode turn out to be a success? Let’s talk about what happened after…

Sydney An Australian Beach Club Update - What Happened Next?

Now that we’ve recapped the Sydney Bar Rescue visit, let’s talk about what happened to this Australian Beach Club after Jon Taffer and his crew left Jacksonville, FL.

Things started off strong for Sydney.

In the standard six-week check-in from the Bar Rescue producers, we learn that sales at the bar have doubled, which is a great sign.

Chung kept on visiting it regularly and Charlie stayed as the manager.

Unfortunately, the good times would not last and the bar started experiencing some issues.

In their October 2018 health inspection, they bar had very poor results. The health inspector found dead birds and mice, which is obviously a pretty big issue.

If you want to see the gory details, the actual health inspections are public record – you can see the bar’s results here.

Given that information, it’s probably no surprise what the answer to the next question is…

Is Sydney from Bar Rescue still open?

Sydney: An Australian Beach Club closed for good in January 2019, well less than a year after appearing on Bar Rescue.

At the time of the closure, the reviews aren’t great as the bar had just a 2.5 star rating on its Yelp page.

As far as we can tell, the old Sydney Jacksonville, FL location is still empty because that plot of land has been demolished.

There’s talks that it might be used to create apartments or a hotel, which might be why nothing is going on at that location.

However, I looked at it on street view and right now it’s just a big empty lot (at least at the time of the street view picture).

Sydney Bar demolished

It seems like there won’t be a bar at this location again, at least not in the near future.

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Last updated: 2022-03-16 07:26

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