(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 8 | View All Season 8 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: April 3, 2022
The Bar's Original Name Was: The Brick Tavern
Char Bar and BBQ Address: 7340 S State Hwy 78, Sachse, TX 75048
The Brick Tavern, later renamed Char Bar and BBQ, was a Sachse, Texas bar that was featured on Season 8 of Bar Rescue.
Though the Brick Tavern Bar Rescue episode aired in April 2022, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that in November 2021.
It was Season 8 Episode 15 and the episode name was “Personal Assistant, Professional Failure”.
In this episode, Jon Taffer visits The Brick Tavern, which is located in Sachse, TX.
It’s a local bar in a strip mall that has a lot of musical acts as part of its entertainment.
Sachse is a small city that’s part of the Dallas suburbs, being located to the northeast of Dallas.
The population of Sachse is only around 26,000 people, but it’s obviously a lot bigger when you factor in the Dallas suburbs. It’s only around 30 minutes from JFK plaza in Dallas to the restaurant in Sachse.
It’s also a generally affluent area, so the bar should have a good chance of working well.
The bar is owned by Charlene Winter, a successful real estate executive and business owner (real estate and remodeling) who wanted to get into the bar business.
In 2012, she bought her local bar, which was The Brick Tavern.
That means she’s owned it for almost a decade at the time of the Brick Tavern Bar Rescue episode.
However, she has no experience bartending or waitressing, so it’s difficult to apply her other business experience to the bar business.
Her basic idea was to have running The Brick Tavern be her retirement plan.
Her ownership at the bar started off well because of the Brick Tavern’s existing customer base. Basically, she was piggy-backing off the success of the previous Brick Tavern owner.
However, it started to go downhill because of Charlene’s lack of management skills.
In fact, that’s one of the problems – there’s no actual manager at The Brick Tavern.
Charlene also doesn’t trust her employees and give them full responsibility, which makes it hard for things to run smoothly.
Bre and Kyan, two bartenders, believe the bar still has potential, if it can only get the right systems in place. That’s Jon Taffer’s specialty, so it should be possible.
Because of these issues, the previously loyal customers stopped coming in at The Brick Tavern and things went downhill fast.
The kitchen is also super gross – so gross that the staff won’t eat at The Brick Tavern, which is never a good sign. There are cockroaches and mold – all the usual suspects of a real Bar Rescue disaster kitchen.
To help right the ship at the bar, Charlene makes her own personal assistant, Cassi, the bar manager. That’s why the episode name is “Personal Assistant, Professional Failure”.
Cassi thinks she can be successful if Charlene gives her the authority, but Cassi struggles to be both a personal assistant and a bar manager.
I agree with Cassi – you can’t just make someone a bar manager if you hired them as a personal assistant.
Things are so bad at the bar that Charlene is in over $530,000 of debt.
She’s had to raid her retirement accounts to keep the bar afloat, but things still just aren’t working out.
Basically, there are a lot of issues that need to be fixed, so Jon Taffer and his crew definitely have their work cut out for them.
As part of the renovations, Jon Taffer changed the name from The Brick Tavern to Char Bar & BBQ.
As the name suggests, it has a new focus on barbeque, which fits the Texas location.
The bar will still have live music, though, so that part isn’t going away.
I gotta be honest – I don’t really like the new name. It seems so generic. But who am I to argue with Jon Taffer?
The Brick Tavern Bar Rescue visit and renovations happened in November 2021.
The new Char Bar and BBQ had a soft opening on November 19 and a grand opening on November 20, 2021.
So did it work out? Let’s talk about what happened next after the cameras stopped filming…
Char Bar and BBQ Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Char Bar and BBQ Bar Rescue visit, let’s talk about what happened after Jon Taffer and his crew left Sachse, Texas.
Unlike a lot of other bars on the show, Charlene has decided to keep the new name from Jon Taffer, at least for now.
You can see the new façade in this image from the What’s New in Wylie, TX Facebook page, which documented the Bar Rescue filming.
Is The Brick Tavern / Char Bar & BBQ from Bar Rescue still open?
As of 2022, Char Bar and BBQ is still open and serving customers in Sachse, TX, still under the new name that Jon Taffer gave it.
However, the reviews for the new business don’t seem much better than when it was The Brick Tavern.
While Char Bar and BBQ doesn’t seem to have its own Yelp page yet, the Google Reviews aren’t good, with just a 2.6 star rating.
People seem to say the food and service are still bad. Someone also left a comment about being blocked by a group of bikers.
As I mentioned above, Char Bar and BBQ still hosts live music acts, so you can hear some music along with your BBQ.
At the time of the Char Bar Rescue episode, the bar also seems to be expanding. In a March 30, 2022 post on its Facebook page, they offered $100 if someone refers an employee who works for the bar for more than 30 days. So it seems like they’re actively in need of more staff, which is a good sign I guess.
The Facebook page also advertises a lot of musical acts, such as tribute bands for Motley Crue and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Overall, the jury is still out on whether the Char Bar Rescue episode will be a long-term success. But, at least for now, the bar is still going.
If you’re in the Sachse / Wylie Texas area and you want to check it out, you can learn more at the official Char Bar and BBQ website.
The Char BBQ menu seems pretty affordable, with sandwiches only costing ~$7 and BBQ entrees going for $13-$16.
If you want to connect with Charlene, you can see her Facebook page here. She’s pretty active and posts a lot of travel pics.
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Last updated: 2022-04-09 08:15