(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 3 | View All Season 3 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: October 13, 2013
The Bar's Original Name Was: The Underworld Grill and Bar
The End Address: 4821 Spring Mountain Rd Ste G Las Vegas, NV 89102
Underworld Grill and Bar, later renamed The End, was a Las Vegas, Nevada bar featured on Season 3 of Bar Rescue.
Though the The End Bar Rescue episode aired in October 2013, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that.
It was Season 3 Episode 22 and the episode name was “Jon of the Dead” .
The Underground Grill and Bar is located in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It’s got a very weird horror aesthetic, which you’ve probably seen if you just watched the Bar Rescue episode.
The owners are Jazz Bender and Kris Kaos.
They are musicians who bought the horror-themed bar in 2011.
They decided to feature pizza and specialize in it.
The décor looks like a cheap Halloween store all year round.
I guess I can kind of see that working in a place like Las Vegas, but it’s still a bit odd.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments!
The owners, along with the staff, have a very unique style:
Jesse is a bartender who brings in women but then repels them when they get there.
The bar has approximately two to three months until they are closed down for good.
Jon brings in expert mixologists Russell Davis and Tony Gemignani, who is an expert at making pizza.
Jon also has two girls enter the bar as his spies.
There are no well-known rum brands and no beer offered on tap.
They order a pizza which comes out all soggy and gross.
Given that the bar is supposed to specialize in pizza, that’s a bit weird, right?
Jon goes into the bar to find out what is going on.
The staff says the owners are not good managers.
When Jon talks to the owners, he finds out they do not trust the staff.
Both parties accuse each other of lying.
Jon leaves and returns the next day with his experts.
Jazz is at the bar with the expert, and Kris is with the cooking expert in the kitchen.
They learn how to make a proper pizza.
Over at the bar, Jesse is failing miserably at making drinks fast.
During the stress test, Jesse is tasked with bringing in women to the bar.
The bar is very crowded, and people are not getting served.
Orders aren’t getting written down the right way, and the cook is confused.
They run out of money and need to go get change as well as drinking glasses.
The staff apologizes after the stress test for letting their team down.
The owners do not want Jon to change the name of the bar and are unhappy when he says he is going to do so.
After Jon explains his idea, they change their mind.
They are given high-quality cheese for their pizzas.
The bar staff is tested again, and Jesse serves drinks fast.
Jon remodels the bar in thirty-six hours and changes the name from Underworld Grill and Bar to The End.
The End is much easier to say, right?
The exterior looks better after the renovations.
The bar is now zombie-themed, which is very unique and great for tourists.
They now offer premium drinks and have new POS systems.
They are also given new glassware and inventory.
Zombies entertain the customers.
Customers are happy with the food and the drinks.
So, was The Underworld Bar Rescue episode a smashing success?
Did the bar go gangbusters or did the zombies eat the owners brains?
Let’s find out…
The End Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the The End Bar Rescue episode, let’s talk about what happened to the bar after Jon Taffer and his crew left Las Vegas.
Eight weeks after the episode, The End’s sales have improved by 40%, which puts the bar in a much better financial position.
The staff and the managers also have a better relationship, which creates a better working environment and reduces turnover.
However, they did move the location to a nearby place because of issues with the original location.
The End changed from the original 3550 S. Decatur Blvd address to 4821 Spring Mountain Rd Suite G.
This change happened in March 2014, which is pretty soon after the Bar Rescue episode.
However, the location is literally right around the block, so it wasn’t a big change.
It did mean that they lost out on most of Jon Taffer’s renovations, though.
They could still keep the equipment, of course.
They just wouldn’t be able to bring along the more structural changes to the bar.
Unfortunately, The End’s Las Vegas location would turn out to be its downfall…
Is The End from Bar Rescue still open?
The End closed for good in early 2016, which was over three years from Jon Taffer’s visit.
They had to close because of an issue with the lease on the property.
They also had to move properties at some point after the visit from Jon Taffer.
I’m not 100% sure why, but a Yelp reviewer said that the roof of the original building collapsed (which is the building you saw on the episode).
At the time of its closure, the bar had a 3.5 star rating on its Yelp page.
Here’s a sampling of one positive review and one negative review that were written after Jon Taffer visited…
5 star review from June 2015:
We wanted to check this place out since we love Bar Rescue.
I went here yesterday with my fiancé and we had a really great time.
There was only a few customers seated besides us.
The decor was great and everything went with the Zombie theme.
Very good service!
We were greeted when we walked in.
We told her we had never been here, so she described each drink in depth and the food.
Which helped a lot.
She checked on us to make sure everything was going well.
4 star Yelp review from May 2014:
I saw this bar get transformed on Bar Rescue and really liked the idea of a zombie apocalypse joint so I decided to stop in.
First, don’t expect upper class, 5 star, Hollister wearing, executive types working or drinking here.
That’s not what this place is about.
It’s a place blue collar casino workers who are into zombies and goth come.
That’s how the staff is too.
Tattoos, chains, black makeup, etc.
They had to move next door into the strip mall nextdoor because the roof collapsed on the original building featured on bar rescue.
The bar top itself was kinda cheesey and was obviously cheaply and quickly put together.
It was plastic or something.
No video poker either.
Staff was nice.
I met the guys I saw on Bar Rescue.
And the place gets very crowded after 8pm.
Décor was awesome.
All post-nuclear war and zombie pictures.
The mural artwork of a destroyed Las Vegas strip in the background was so unique.
1 star review from December 2014:
Saw this on Bar Rescue, decided to check it out when we were in Vegas on Dec 9th.
There were like 10 people there, all smoking, ventilation sucked, so we were breathing in second hand smoke.
But it’s a bar in LV, so you expect it to be a lil smokey.
You know what you also expect in a bar, your favorite alcohol.
They were out of Jameson.
Out of Crown.
I did have a generous shot of Jack, but to me seemed watered down.
Next time I’m up in Vegas, I’d probably give it another chance, cuz I do love the zombie apocalypse theme.
The End bar seems to be associated with a new bar and event venue called Count’s Vamp’d Rock Bar & Grill.
They post updates for this bar on The End Facebook page sometimes, though the owners seem to be different.
Kristy Kaos and Jaz Bender seem to regularly perform at Count’s Vamp’d, but I’m not sure if they have any ownership stake.
For a time, the final The End Las Vegas location is occupied by a cafe called Cafe Sanuki.
Reviews for the new café seem excellent, as it has a 4.5 star rating Yelp page.
However, it seems like Cafe Sanuki is also closed as of 2023.
Here’s a Google Maps street view embed that shows that the old The End Las Vegas location as it was when the bar closed (4821 Spring Mountain Rd Suite G):
And then here’s the Google Maps street view embed for the original Underworld bar Las Vegas location as you saw on Bar Rescue:
The original location is occupied by a restaurant named 888 Japanese BBQ.
It has excellent reviews, with a perfect 5 star rating on over 2,100 reviews.
As far as I can tell, 888 Japanese BBQ is still open as of 2023.
There have been a ton of Las Vegas Bar Rescue episodes, so there’s plenty more footage of Jon Taffer in Sin City.
Or, you can check out my full list of all the Bar Rescue episodes in Las Vegas as of 2023.
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Last updated: 2023-04-05 04:52