(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 4 | View All Season 4 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: November 23, 2014
The Bar's Original Name Was: The Dirty Rooster
The Dirty Rooster Address: 25855 Rt 173 Antioch, IL 60002
The Dirty Rooster, later renamed to Lake Marie Lodge, was an Antioch, Illinois bar that was featured on Season 4 of Bar Rescue.
Though the Dirty Rooster Bar Rescue episode aired in November 2014, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that.
It was Season 4 Episode 8 and the episode name was “Swinging from the Rafters”.
Located in Antioch, Illinois, the Dirty Rooster was a struggling bar with two owners who hated each other.
The owners are best friends Rob Hoffman and Steve Mallmann.
They originally opened the bar in 2013, which means they’ve only owned it for around a year at the time of the Dirty Rooster Bar Rescue episode.
They were both equal partners, each investing $40,000 of their own money into the bar.
They also brought in another owner, Scott Lopes, to help with the finances. Scott invested $25,000 in exchange for a share of the bar.
In total, Rob and Steve own 37.5% each and Scott owns 25%.
However, there’s major tension between Rob and Scott, which ends up becoming a huge issue after the Bar Rescue episode (spoiler alert!).
The Dirty Rooster started off well, but quickly started to go downhill and is now losing $4,000 per month at the time of the visit from Jon Taffer.
When Jon Taffer installs Partender, he finds that the bar only billed $2,700 for what should’ve been $9,600 in liquor sales, which goes a long way towards explaining why it’s losing money.
As part of Jon’s attempt to save the bar, he rebranded it to the Lake Marie Lodge.
But the owners ended up keeping The Dirty Rooster name despite Jon’s best efforts.
With dysfunctional owners who wouldn’t take Jon’s advice, The Dirty Rooster never really stood much of a chance.
With that being said, let’s talk about what happened next.
The Dirty Rooster Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Lake Marie Lodge Bar Rescue visit, let’s talk about what happened to the bar after Jon Taffer and his crew left Antioch, IL.
First, as I mentioned above, the owners did not keep Jon Taffer’s name and went back to the Dirty Rooster shortly after.
Beyond that, Taffer was also unable to fix their relationship, as the strained relationship between the owners would eventually lead to the bar’s closing.
Is the Dirty Rooster from Bar Rescue still open?
The Dirty Rooster closed at the end of 2015. According to owner Robert Hoffman, he said the drama on the show was all real.
Robert commented on Facebook, saying:
That part on my show about me and Scott hating each other is real. So Scott decided to sue the bar and me personally for 125k…. That was enough to put me over the edge. Not to mention the state of Illinois get a tax on it because they saw me giving away alcohol on TV that cost me $12,000. Time to move on
He ended up selling everything possible and closing up shop.
Perhaps it’s a good thing the bar closed, because the Yelp reviews continued to be horrible. My favorite is this one-star review from Boadicea:
Wish I could give this HORRIBLE place a negative 10 was dirty and the drumk ass owner was a complete DICK!!!!!! My husband and I STRONGLY advise against going here
I can safely say that the Dirty Rooster is closed, with no chance of it returning.
As of 2022, the old Dirty Rooster Antioch, IL location is occupied by a fishing/bait shop and bar named Musky Tales.
If you want to see some other Illinois Bar Rescue episodes, check out these posts:
- BR Steak / Pro’s Sports Bar update
- Casual Tap update
- The Dugout / Press Box update
- Island Lounge / Island Bar update
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Last updated: 2022-05-08 08:09