The Bridge Bar Rescue Update (The Bridge Lounge) – Still Open in 2022?

Is The Bridge: A Local’s Bar still open in 2022?

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

Season: 4 | View All Season 4 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: May 15, 2016
The Bar's Original Name Was: The Bridge Lounge
The Bridge: A Local’s Bar Address: 1056 N Pinellas Ave Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

The Bridge Bar Rescue Update

Episode Recap

The Bridge Lounge, later renamed The Bridge: A Local’s Bar, was a Tarpon Springs, Florida bar that was featured on Season 4 of Bar Rescue.

Though the Bridge Bar Rescue episode aired in May 2016, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that.

It was Season 4 Episode 53 and the episode name was “We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat”.

The Bridge Lounge is located in Tarpon Springs, FL.

Tarpon Springs is a city on the Gulf Coast of Florida. It’s just north of Clearwater and the nearest major city is Tampa, to help you get your bearings.

In 2003 Bill Cladakis bought the bar. 

Manny, his son, moved to Florida to help with the bar in 2007.

In 2015 Bill passed away, and Manny was left in charge of the bar. That happened right before the Bridge Lounge Bar Rescue visit happened.

Anna is Manny’s sister and co-owns the bar.

After the BP oil spill, the bar lost a lot of money because it was a fisherman’s bar and the damage to the local habitat made fishing pretty much impossible.

Manny hired his friend Gary to manage the bar, but his family doesn’t think it is a good idea.

Crissy, Manny’s other sister, thinks Gary takes advantage of her brother.

Manny’s mom, Harriet, covers the bar losses with her retirement fund, which is sad to see. You shouldn’t throw good money after bad, especially if it’s for your retirement.

Anna and her fiancé John join Jon Taffer in the SUV.

In the footage, they watch Crissy fight with Gary for being lazy.

The spies sent in are given expired orange juice in their drinks.

Crissy and Gary are still fighting, so Jon Taffer decides to intervene. 

When Jon asks Gary what his labor costs are, he has no answer. That’s kind of important to know if you’re going to make money as a bar, right?

Jon also speaks to Harriett, who says she doesn’t trust Gary.

Phil Wills, an expert mixologist, joins Jon Taffer to help rescue The Bridge Lounge.

They check out the inventory and see that the bar has too much stock.

Phil also shows the staff rust coming out of the tap. 

The bar is half remodeled, and Jon makes Gary get the paint to finish painting a piece of wood.

Phil trains the staff on tricks to do while pouring drinks. He also wants every cocktail to be made with a long pour.

The customers are given a fishing weight to put into a container if they feel as if they had terrible service.

If the horrible experience exceeds seven pounds, the bar is in trouble. 

Gary does not help during the stress test and wait times go up to 20 minutes.

Manny tells him to step up, but Gary quits instead.

Gary leaves, ending the stress test with nine pounds of weight in the lousy experience container. 

The next day Manny tells the staff he will keep going without Gary, which seems like it’s a good decision.

Phil trains the team on new drinks he came up with for the bar, like the Harriet’s Island Bliss.

While the bar is renovated, Manny and his family eat dinner at their dad’s favorite restaurant. 

Jon renames the bar The Bridge: A Local’s Bar. It’s still quite close to the original name of The Bridge Lounge, but it now plays up the fact that it’s  a local bar.

After all, seeing “lounge” in the name doesn’t feel local – it feels exclusive.

As part of the renovations, a boat has been added to the side of the restaurant named after Bill.

Manny wishes his father were here to see the changes to the bar.

Jon has also given the bar new POS machines and a food truck.

Harriet loves the bar and says she knows Bill would love it too. 

The relaunch goes excellent. The customers love the new décor and drinks.

They also love the food offerings. Jon hugs the family goodbye before he leaves. 

The Bridge: A Local’s Bar Update - What Happened Next?

Now that we’ve recapped the The Bridge Bar Rescue visit, let’s talk about what happened when Jon Taffer and his crew left Tarpon Springs, FL.

Six weeks after the visit, Manny is still running the bar without a manager.

The bars sales are also way up, and business seems much better than it was before Bar Rescue.

So did the Bar Rescue bump last? It seems so.

Is The Bridge from Bar Rescue still open?

As of 2022, The Bridge: A Local’s Bar is still open and serving customers in Tarpon Springs, FL. They seem to have kept the new name from Jon Taffer, though they do use The Bridge Lounge on some of their social media profiles still.

They’ve also heavily leaned into karaoke. While the main sign still says The Bridge: A Local’s Bar, the smaller sign on the bar says The Bridge, Karaoke Bar.

They also heavily promote the karaoke on their social media profiles.

Overall, it seems to be working since the bar is still open. However, the reviews aren’t great as it has just a 3 star rating on Yelp and a 3.8 star rating on Facebook.

Still, at least for now, this one seems like a Bar Rescue success story. Karaoke saves the day, I guess!

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Last updated: 2022-06-30 06:28

5 thoughts on “The Bridge Bar Rescue Update (The Bridge Lounge) – Still Open in 2022?”

  1. The biggest disappointment is that John Daly, pro-golfer extraordinaire and self-professed beer aficionado (he boasts of regularly downing 35-40 beers a day in his competitive prime), did not feature more prominently in the episode. Why did Taffer even bring experts with Daly on the scene? No one since Chris Farley knows more about the glorious excesses of food and alcohol than Daly.

    Case in point, besides golfing inebriated on multiple occasions, back in 2008 he became so belligerently intoxicated at a North Carolina Hooters that EMS raced to his rescue in the parking lot to treat his alcohol poisoning after being 86ed from the restaurant only then to be unceremonious arrested by the local 5-0. (The silver lining from this kerfuffle is that Daly and his son just inked an NIL deal with the company. I hope NFTs will follow).

    And who can forget back in December after getting loaded one night his now-infamous order of almost $450 of greasy treats from Taco Bell? Will another sponsorship follow? Yes, please! Unquestionably, Daly is a living legend unmatched both on the links and with the drinks!!!

    The best part by far is watching Gary loaf about aimlessly and confused in a Crisco stupor, “Where’s Gary? Why’s Gary not doing this?” Instantly, he became a top-10 contender for the Bar Rescue Hall of Shame. Few managers have enjoyed the unparalleled ineptitude of this globular louse.

  2. I read a mention of hiring Greg as a general Manager, but there’s no mention of Greg again in the article, and Greg is not even shown at all in the episode on TV. Why is this Greg person not held accountable in any way?


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