The Annex Bar Rescue Update (TJ Quills) – Open or Closed in 2022?

Is The Annex still open in 2022?

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

Season: 3 | View All Season 3 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: February 24, 2013
The Bar's Original Name Was: TJ Quills
The Annex Address: 7600 Maple St New Orleans, LA 70118

The Annex Bar Rescue Update (TJ Quills)

Episode Recap

TJ Quills, later renamed The Annex, was a New Orleans, Louisiana bar that was featured on Season 3 of Bar Rescue. Though the The Annex Bar Rescue episode aired in February 2013, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that in 2013.

It was Season 3 Episode 3 and the episode name was “Bro’s Got to Geaux!” .

Located in New Orleans, LA, TJ Quills is owned by Darian Blanchard.

It’s located near Loyola University and is a popular hang with students at the college.

Darian bought the bar in 2012 but quickly gained a bad reputation for serving high school students.

They have been raided by police many times. He has been fined and will face closure if it happens again. 

Darian’s friends come into the bar and are rowdy.

The owner is too afraid to tell his friends to quiet down, so he lets them do whatever they want. It’s kind of like a big ‘ole frat party.

He won’t speak up, so the party atmosphere grows more every day. The staff even drink while on the job.

At the time of the TJ Quills Bar Rescue visit, the bar is $400,000 in debt and is three months away from closing for good. 

Elayne Duke, head mixologist, and Chef Duffy join Jon for the recon.

Jon also calls in six sorority sisters to spy on the bar, which fits well with the bar’s frat-like atmosphere.

He gives one of the ladies a fake ID to test the staff, and she is immediately let in.

Jon told the sorority girls to misbehave and take shots with the bartender. There are creepy men in the bar freaking them out, so they leave. 

Jon comes in and yells at Darian for allowing the staff to drink while on the clock.

Matt, the bartender, will be fired if he drinks one more time.

The owner and Jon meet to discuss the fake ID incident. This is a big deal as it could lead to the bar being shut down, especially given the previous issues.

The following day, Jon returns to talk with the staff.

He teaches them the difference between fake IDs and real IDs.

Jon introduces Elayne and is shocked at the sexist reaction towards her.

She then tests the bar on making drinks, and nothing they do is right. Finally, she shows them the right way to make a daiquiri. 

The stress test begins after Matt and fellow staff member Spellman are trained on the new equipment in the kitchen.

Jon does the fake ID test again, and the bouncer lets the faux ID holder in the bar.

Russell, the manager, promptly fires the security guard.

The kitchen is confused during the stress test, and Lyle, the bartender, has a bad attitude that is causing female patrons to leave. 

Jon shuts down the stress test and tells Lyle to change his attitude.

Spellman left for a drink during the stress test, and Russell fired him.

He said he was sad to see him go, but he had to do what his job required.

Lyle isn’t given time to change as he is fired too. 

It’s pretty much a big ‘ole firing party, which shows how many issues there were with the staff at TJ Quills.

Jon brings Darian’s mom in, and the two of them discuss the finances.

While that’s happening, Chef Duffy shows the staff the new menu, and Elayne trains them on new drinks like The Hamlet and The Odyssey.

After the bar is renovated, Jon renames it The Annex to get away from the reputation that TJ Quills had.

There are new POS terminals, and the security guards are catching fake IDs right away. Russell jumps in to help when the bar struggles.

The Annex Update - What Happened Next?

Six weeks after The Annex Bar Rescue visit, the sales and revenue at the bar were way up, which is helping Darian manage the bar’s debt.

So would it last? Let’s talk about the biggest question on your mind…

Is The Annex from Bar Rescue still open?

As of 2022, The Annex is still open and serving customers in New Orleans. However, they’ve returned to using the old TJ Quills name and no longer go by The Annex, which is the name that Jon Taffer gave the bar.

In fact, Darian went back to using the TJ Quills name pretty much as soon as Jon Taffer left the building, so that’s one change that definitely didn’t stick.

While the bar is still open, the reviews are pretty mediocre as it has just a 3 star rating on Yelp and a 3.5 star rating on Facebook.

However, there have been some issues at the bar. In October 2021, the Loyola University Police Department “raided” TJ Quills over allegations from a number of students about drink spiking.

TJ Quills was only one bar that was investigated, so it wasn’t an issue that was specific to TJ Quills.

Additionally, after reviewing the bar footage, there was no evidence of staff or anyone else spiking drinks, according to TJ Quills’ lawyer. Additionally, TJ Quills is cooperating with the investigation.

I’m not saying TJ Quills did anything wrong here – I’m just reporting the news.

TJ Quills also ran into some trouble with the city over alleged violations of Covid-19 health restrictions. You can learn more about both issues in this article from

Jon Taffer visited another New Orleans bar just a couple of weeks earlier in Season 3 Episode 1. That bar, Spirits on Bourbon, is also still open. So far, Jon had a good run in New Orleans in Season 3 of Bar Rescue.

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Last updated: 2022-01-22 05:00

11 thoughts on “The Annex Bar Rescue Update (TJ Quills) – Open or Closed in 2022?”

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  1. It’s one of my favorite episodes, I can’t believe that they didn’t keep the name. Jon can fix many things, but you can’t fix stupid.

  2. Kind of botched things by slipping back to their ways. Glad they are still open, really believed in the owner. But if he stuck with the name and theme he’d be in better shape.

  3. Nothing like a bar that looks like it’s run by washed up frat boys trying to cling to their college years. Jons changes were definitely for the better.

  4. Disrespectful to not keep the name John Tapper renamed it. Just proves this place is still run by a Boy, just F-ing dumb, got that??


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