The Comeback Bar Rescue Update (Barlow’s) – Still Open in 2022?

Is The Comeback Sports Bar & Grill still open in 2022?

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

Season: 3 | View All Season 3 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: July 28, 2013
The Bar's Original Name Was: Barlow's
The Comeback Sports Bar & Grill Address: 2845 Mountain Industrial Blvd Tucker, GA 30084

The Comeback Bar Rescue Update (Barlow's)

Episode Recap

Barlow’s, later renamed The Comeback Sports Bar & Grill, was a Tucker, Georgia bar that was featured on Season 3 of Bar Rescue.

Though the Panic Room Bar Rescue episode aired in July 2013, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that.

It was Season 3 Episode 14 and the episode name was “There’s No Crying in the Bar Business” .

Barlows is located in Tucker, GA.

Tucker is a small city with a population of around 35,000 people. It’s located in DeKalb County, just a bit northeast of Atlanta, GA.

Susan Wood is the owner, and she was granted the bar in her divorce.

However, the bar has never seen success, which is why the Barlow’s Bar Rescue visit was planned.

Susan partnered with John, a businessman (not Jon Taffer), to open up the kitchen.

This idea was a failure as ticket times were up to one hour.

The staff drinks and parties at the bar, and Susan looks in the other direction. 

Jon Taffer brings in mixologist Russell Davis and chef Tiffany Derry to help fix Barlow’s.

The outside of the bar makes it look like a family-friendly diner, which isn’t really the aesthetic you want in a successful bar.

Jon wants to check their guest service and calls the bar on the phone, but the voicemail box is full.

Three locals go into the bar as spies.

The bar is divided into two, a smoking and nonsmoking section. 

The spies order drinks, and the beer is served foamy.

The bartender, Nikky, is playing pool and drinking.

The spies also order a burger, and the beef comes from a tube. Excuse me – WTF is happening here?

After the staff begins doing shots in front of the owner, Jon stops it. 

Jon comes in and introduces his experts.

There is so much wrong in the kitchen. The fridge is leaking, and there is moldy fruit and vegetables.

Jon sends everyone home and calls in professionals to clean the toxic mold. 

The next day Jon has a staff meeting.

The staff tells Jon Taffer that John, the owner, has poor management skills.

Jon reads a report stating bartenders Olga and Nicky gave away a lot of alcohol, which is a big part of why Barlow’s is losing money.

Jon calls out Nicky for stealing as well. Susan is forced to fire her. 

To start improving things, Russell trains the staff on well-known drinks.

While that’s happening, Tiffany teaches the kitchen team how to work in a line effectively.

They use fresh ingredients to make a hamburger – no more tube meat!

Susan and John discuss their balance sheets with John, but it turns into a fight. 

The stress test begins. John has four stickers he is giving to employees who make a mistake.

Quickly, the staff is covered in stickers. Susan is working well and running food.

To make matters worse, smoke enters the bar when the vent hood in the kitchen isn’t turned on. 

After the stress test, Jon calls out John for being useless in the kitchen while Susan is commended for her hard work.

Russell begins training the following day on cocktails with a southern flair.

Tiffany teaches Q in the kitchen on chicken and waffles. 

Jon promises the owners he will help them balance their books.

They choose to sell appliances and equipment they aren’t using to raise money.

While they’re getting rid of stuff, Jon Taffer and his crew start on the renovations.

In addition to physical changes, Jon Taffer changes the bar’s name from Barlow’s to The Comeback Sports Bar & Grill.

There is also now a negative air pressure system to deal with smoke in the bar. 

Q gets a new chef’s jacket. The customers love the new environment.

The kitchen is overwhelmed at first but pushes through it.

John acts as a host that evening. 

Three months later and Susan is running the bar. John is in charge of the books. Nicky wanted her job back but fortunately was not rehired. The bar closed in 2017 after the bar was sold. 

The Comeback Sports Bar & Grill Update - What Happened Next?

Now that we’ve recapped the Comeback Bar Rescue visit, let’s talk about what happened after Jon Taffer and his team left Tucker, GA.

Things started off well. Three months after the visit, Susan is running the bar while John is in charge of the books.

Business was up and the bar was doing well for a number of years, which shows that Jon Taffer’s changes really did help.

Susan and John also continued using the name that Jon chose – The Comeback Sports Bar & Grill.

However, as with most good things in life, it would not last forever.

Is The Comeback Sports Bar from Bar Rescue still open?

The Comeback Bar closed in October 2017, a bit over four years after the Comeback Bar Rescue episode aired on TV. The bar closed because it was sold to new owners who wanted to do something different with the property.

As of 2022, the old The Comeback Tucker, GA location is occupied by a new bar called The Bottleship Lounge. Reviews aren’t great for the new bar, but it seems to be doing ok for now.

Don’t call it a comeback, because The Comeback Sports Bar & Grill is gone for good.

What happened to Susan Wood from The Comeback Bar?

Susan Wood, the original Comeback Bar owner, seems to have shifted from the hospitality industry into local politics. She ran for Tucker City Council in 2016 and won her district with 430 votes.

This was the first time that Tucker GA elected its own mayor and city council, as the city had just voted to officially form a city earlier in November.

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Last updated: 2022-02-09 06:44

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