The Fifth Bar Rescue Update – Bountiful, UT – Still Open in 2023?

Is The Fifth still open in 2023?

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

Season: 6 | View All Season 6 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: September 29, 2019
The Bar's Original Name Was: The Fifth Amendment
The Fifth Address: 980 N 500th W Bountiful, UT 84010

The Fifth Bar Rescue Update

Episode Recap

The Fifth, also known as The Fifth Amendment, was a Bountiful, Utah bar that was featured on Season 6 of Bar Rescue.

Though the The Fifth Bar Rescue episode aired in September 2019, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that in early 2019.

It was Season 6 Episode 47 (the last episode of the season) and the episode name was “Get Off Your Ass!” .

The Fifth Amendment, also known as The Fifth, is located in Bountiful City, Utah.

Jex Hepworth bought the bar in the 1950s. The bar was once a pizza shop but succeeded as a bar.

In 1999 Jex retired and left the business in the hands of his son, Brad.

The Fifth owner on Bar Rescue

Brad’s daughters, Kourtney and Paige, also help out with the bar.

Soon, Brad got caught up in the party atmosphere and began drinking away the profits from the bar.

Mixologist Tommy Palmer and expert chef Anthony Lamas help Jon Taffer recon and rescue the bar.

Brad is in severe debt and is losing thousands of dollars a month, which is why The Fifth Bar Rescue episode exists.

On the camera footage, they see Brad drinking at the bar.

Kourtney, Brad’s daughter, was the general manager but left after her father refused to make any changes.

Alyssa, Teresa, and Tony are the bartenders at The Fifth.

Devon is the manager, and John is the cook in the kitchen.

Jon watches John do some questionable things on the hidden camera. 

Jon has girls come in at different times to recon on the bar. The first pair of girls enter, and they order a watermelon cocktail and a gimlet.

The bartender serves the drinks in the wrong glass, and she doesn’t know to make a gimlet.

As the ladies make fun of the drinks, Alyssa leaves without telling anyone. 

Jon pulls more bartenders from the bar, but Brad is still drinking at the bar, oblivious.

Jon goes in to sit with Brad. Brad never saw all of his staff had left, and no customers were being served.

Brad says he can’t help out because he has been drinking. 

Even if Brad was sober, he didn’t know how to use the POS machine or make any drinks.

Brad made a list of things his father used to do around the bar, but Brad doesn’t know how to do the majority of them.

In memory of his father, Brad promises to do more. 

Tommy tells the staff they need to know how to make traditional drinks like a gimlet, but Alyssa refuses to make the drink.

Alyssa leaves again, and when Brad tries to get her to stay, he finds out she can’t handle the criticism.

In the kitchen, expert chef Anthony sees food left out overnight.

After explaining to the kitchen staff that it is a health code violation, he teaches them to make a chicken dish with fresh ingredients. 

The Fifth cook on Bar Rescue

The stress test is about to start, and Brad is standing around.

He is a problem no matter what part of the bar he is in.

The next day the staff is trained on traditional cocktails and a new burger dish.

The new bar is revealed, and there is a new trolley theme. However, Jon Taffer kept the name as The Fifth Amendment.

Jex’s memory is honored with pictures of him on the wall.

During relaunch, the bar staff is keeping up, and the customers also seem to like the new aesthetic at The Fifth.

So was the Bar Rescue The Fifth episode a long-term success?

Keep reading to learn what happened next and if this Bountiful Utah bar is still open in 2023.

The Fifth Update - What Happened Next?

So – was The Fifth Bar Rescue episode a success? Let’s talk about what happened to the bar after Jon Taffer left. Was it bountiful or did things go wrong?

Well, six weeks after Jon Taffer’s visit, sales were up, which is helping with the debt situation.

However, Kourtney and Paige have quit since Brad refused to control the bar.

Unfortunately, it would not turn into a long-term success…

Is The Fifth from Bar Rescue still open?

The Fifth closed in 2021, according to its Yelp page (though there has been no confirmation on Facebook).

It seems like the bar closed because of issues with its liquor license and the stress of the Covid-19 pandemic closures.

In April 2021, The Fifth lost its liquor license because of a paper work issue, which is a huge issue for any bar.

It happened because of a paperwork issue from eighteen years ago when The Fifth changed its business name in 2001.

They didn’t formally transfer the liquor license, which caused the issue.

You can learn more about the liquor license problem in this article.

The bar was also dealing with Covid related closures, which you can see in this Facebook post from November 2020:

The Fifth closed Facebook

At the time that The Fifth closed, its reviews were pretty bad, which probably didn’t help things.

It had just a 2.5 star rating on Yelp, though on just 20 ratings.

Here’s a sampling of a few reviews that were written after the visit from Jon Taffer…

3 star Yelp review from March 2021:

Kind staff, good local bar, great pool tables if you can get around the locals.

Setup a lil different, wish I would be greeted when I walk in bc everyone looks directly at you when you walk in but says nothing.

3 star Yelp review from September 2020:

For whatever reason, I’m a sucker for dive bars.

They are, in their very essence, the exact opposite of what I would be looking for which is probably the major draw for me.

Obviously, I’m not ordering a cocktail here.

I drank a few White Claws with my buddy and proceeded to people watch.

I saw all the usual suspects, but nothing out of the ordinary.

After deciding I needed a break, a man outside was more than willing to offer me a much needed smoke.

Overall, it was about what I expected, but not a terrible experience. I would probably come back.

1 star Yelp review from January 2020:

WTF. I am from Canada and so by upbringing am extremely polite.

I have NEVER encountered such rude bartenders in my entire life.

I asked for a Ceasar and they had no idea what I was talking about (basically a Canadian version of a Bloody Mary but way better lol).

I then asked for a Martini and was shot the look of death and told that “nobody orders that here”…so I guess I am a nobody.

The drunken manager, I think his name was Brad, was so pathetic that he did nothing to help us.

I would NEVER come back to this place.

I love a great dive bar but this is not a dive bar, it is just a crappy run, dirty bar. NO THANKS.

2 star Yelp review from August 2019:

A bar makeover does not make up for a hostile bar tender.

Sadly, our friend was very excited to visit the fifth after the Bar Rescue makeover that recently occurred.

Unfortunately, the female bar tender was hostile, rude, and truly let us know that she had no interest in encouraging our patronage. And we are nice people.

Not only was our friend very apologetic that she chose to try the fifth (it wasn’t her fault that we were treated so poorly)

We all vowed not to ever go back.

In fairness, there was a male bartender that served us the first round of drinks and his attitude and customer service was very good.

So what happened to The Fifth Bountiful Utah location after the bar closed?

Well, as far as I can tell, it’s still empty.

The most recent Google Maps street view picture is from September 2021, so it still shows The Fifth as the tenant:

I also don’t see any new business as occupying that address yet.

If you know anything, please leave a comment below.

If you want to see some other Bar Rescue Utah episodes, you can check out my updates for The Union / The Midway Tavern in Midvale and The Roost / Broadway Club in Tooele.

Thanks for reading!


More Information

https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-fifth-bountiful
https://www.facebook.com/The-Fifth-120197211325306/


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20 thoughts on “The Fifth Bar Rescue Update – Bountiful, UT – Still Open in 2023?”

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  1. The best thing the daughters did after the relaunch was to quit. I could tell the way ‘Brad’ looked he was not accepting the idea of turning over the reins to his daughters no matter what. Essentially because he’s an alcoholic and he makes bad choices.

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  2. I agree this guy had no intentions of handing over the bar to his daughters and Taffer should have been had him put in writing. Just curious if the bartender that walked out was allowed to come back after show aired because she was very negative.

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  3. Integrity is just not that common in the first place. Given the fact that addicts lie, it’s not surprising that Brad would say whatever he needed to say to get his bar renovated. Unfortunately it’s likely that his relationship with his daughters is in ruins

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    • Not to mention, they thought they were going to have a chance to actually buy and own their grandfather’s place and help ensure their father’s financial future. Now that’s all gone, for the family, over Brad’s lies and poor judgement. How do you own a bar for 20 years and not know how to pour or ring up a drink?

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  4. Sad thing is the help that taffer gave was really unapreciated. Wish he’d come spiffy up my tire shop in NM.

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  5. Brad us a total shit-head. Owning and losing a bar is one thing but screwing over your daughters is proving what you are, a loser!

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  6. The guy didn’t even seem like he appreciated the transformation, like at all. That and the fact he was too stubborn to turn it over to his daughters is a shame. I hope he loses it all!

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  7. Amen!!! Brad was a spoiled son, omg….if I was given this opportunity from my dad, I would’ve made him proud!!! I’ve been a waitress and bartender growing up for over 35 years. I would’ve gone above and beyond to keep this restaurant alive if given the chance!!

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  8. Brad should never own any business ever again!
    You lost your liquor license and that’s totally in you.
    Disrespected your father’s legacy. 😖

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  9. Did anyone else notice that Brad kept looking at something off camera when Jon Taffer was telling him his work there was done? Wth is more important in those few seconds? That guy hasn’t got a clue how to prioritize much of anything in life and if he did, he’s so passive that I doubt he would do anything about it anyway. Sounds like he let the bartender that walked out come back. Who didn’t see that one coming? He lied to his daughters about giving it to them if he failed. Ugh. I hope his daughters find success elsewhere.

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