(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 8 | View All Season 8 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: March 12, 2023
The Bar's Original Name Was: The Hideaway Bar and Grill
The Hideaway Bar and Grill Address: 1510 S Celebration Ave Meridian, ID 83642
The Hideaway Bar and Grill was a Meridian, Idaho (Boise) bar that was featured on the third set of Season 8 of Bar Rescue.
Though the The Hideaway Bar Rescue episode aired in March 2023, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place at the end of July 2022 (and into the very beginning of August).
It was Season 8 Episode 26 and the episode name was “Hideaway From Reality”.
In this drama-filled episode, Jon Taffer heads to The Hideaway Bar and Grill in Meridian, Idaho.
If you’re not caught up on your Idaho geography, Meridian is the second largest city in Idaho and located just to the west of Boise.
The Hideaway Bar and Grill has been around since 2012.
It’s owned by Dwayne Fulbright.
He originally operated the bar from a leased property but then he purchased his own land, so the bar is now run from property that he owns.
I believe the The Hideaway Jon Taffer visit happened from July 28th to August 1st, 2022, because the bar posted on Facebook saying that it was closed for “a private event” during those days.
If you just watched the Hideaway Bar Rescue episode, you know that this one was filled with drama.
A lot of that drama was centered one whether or not Dwayne had a drinking problem.
The employees said one thing to start, but then they wouldn’t admit the same thing when Jon Taffer was in the building.
Obviously, Dwayne wouldn’t admit that he had a drinking problem, either.
Because Jon Taffer couldn’t get any honesty (or at least he felt like he couldn’t get any honest), he couldn’t work his usual magic on the failing bar.
While we didn’t get a renovation, we did get Jon Taffer walking out of The Hideaway Bar and Grill without rescuing the bar.
In fact, rather than posting a normal “Sneak Peek” video, the Bar Rescue Facebook and Twitter pages just posted dramatic video of Jon Taffer walking out of the bar.
— Bar Rescue (@BarRescue) March 10, 2023
This makes it the fourth time Jon Taffer has completely walked out of a bar without doing any renovations.
The other three being O Face Bar in Iowa, Black Light District in California, and Second Base / Extremes in California (Jon walked out of his second visit to the bar after rescuing it the first time).
Jon Taffer also kind of walked out of The Press Box / The Dugout in Chicago, though he did still renovate the bar for the employees.
For that reason, I don’t count The Press Box as a true Bar Rescue walkout.
Because there was no renovation, there was also no new name at the bar.
It was The Hideaway Bar and Grill before Jon Taffer’s visit and it was still The Hideaway Bar and Grill after his visit.
So did the Hideaway Bar Rescue episode have any effect on the bar, even without Jon Taffer’s help?
Keep reading to learn what happened next and if this Meridian, Idaho bar is still open in 2023.
The Hideaway Bar and Grill Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Hideaway Bar and Grill Bar Rescue episode, let’s talk about what happened to the bar after Jon Taffer and his crew left Meridian, ID.
Because Jon Taffer did not renovate the Hideaway Boise Idaho location or implement any of his own policies, there’s no reason to expect the bar to improve.
However, I’m sure you’re still interested in learning where the bar is today.
I’ll start with the most important question on your mind – if it’s still open (and the bar being for sale).
Then, I’ll share some real The Hideaway reviews to give you an idea of real customers’ experiences match what you saw on the Bar Rescue The Hideaway episode.
Spoiler alert – there’s even more real-life drama based around car towing at The Hideaway.
Let’s start with the most important question on your mind…
Is The Hideaway still open after Bar Rescue?
The Hideaway Bar and Grill closed on July 30, 2023, which was around 3.5 months after the Hideaway Bar Rescue episode aired on TV and almost exactly a year after the actual visit The Hideaway Jon Taffer visit.
This is no surprise because the bar had already been listed for sale before the episode aired on TV – more on this below.
Beyond that, reviews for The Hideaway Bar and Grill are pretty negative across the board – I’ll show some examples below.
In mid-July, The Hideaway owners posted the following on the bar’s Facebook page:
Thanks to all our wonderful customers over the years.
The Hideaway has been sold.
Our last day is July 30th so come by and say goodbye.
It’s been 11 great years but it’s time to hang up our hat and move on to retirement
According to the Facebook post, The Hideaway closed because Dwayne wanted to retire.
When I originally published this post at the time that the episode aired on TV, a reader below pointed out that the Hideaway Idaho property has been listed for sale since February 22, 2023.
The listing was on Loopnet here and the asking price was a cool $2,725,000 – so not cheap!
You do get a “LIKE-NEW, EXTRAVAGANT BUILDOUT”, though.
The listing was marked as “Under Contract” in late March 2023.
Then, on April 2023, the listing was marked as “No Longer Available”, so it seems like the sale went through (or it got taken off the market).
Here’s the full property listing description from that Loopnet page:
Here’s another listing page from RealNex that puts the asking price slightly higher at $3,275,000.
I guess they reduced the price based on Loopnet.
Interestingly, I also found the RealNex listing for the vacant land parcel from before.
It seems like the asking price was $550,000 for just the land back then, so Dwayne could be making some money if he sells it for $2.7 million.
If you want to see a walkthrough of The Hideaway without Jon Taffer’s yelling, I also found this video tour from the commercial broker:
And then here’s what the Hideaway Meridian Idaho location looks like in the most recent picture from Google Maps street view:
The picture hasn’t been updated since 2019, though.
I’m mainly including it so that you can explore the area around the The Hideaway property.
When I know what the new owner of The Hideaway location plans to do with it, I will update this post.
The Hideaway reviews after Bar Rescue
Prior to The Hideaway closing, The Hideaway Bar and Grill reviews were pretty uniformly poor, both before and after the visit from Jon Taffer.
Overall, The Hideaway Yelp page had just a two star rating on over 140 reviews, which is pretty bad to be honest.
Shortly after the Hideaway episode aired on TV, they had to freeze the Hideaway Yelp page because a lot of angry Bar Rescue viewers were leaving reviews based on the episode (without visiting in person).
On Google, The Hideaway Bar and Grill reviews came in at just 3.6 stars on over 500 ratings.
Google is usually a lot more generous than Yelp, so 3.6 stars is pretty bad.
Beyond general issues with the food and service, one thing I saw in a few different reviews was people alleging that the Hideaway owner is very aggressive in having people’s cars towed.
I’m not sure where the truth lies – it’s just something I noticed in a few reviews.
Some of these people seem like they parked in The Hideaway lot without actually going to the restaurant, so I can’t tell who is “right” here.
For example, consider this string of consecutive reviews, including a response from the Hideaway owner:
A lot of the reviews also seem to mention that it’s kind of a competition between The Hideaway Bar and Grill and a neighboring restaurant named The Griddle.
The Hideaway owner seems to always mention that The Griddle didn’t pay for overflow parking, so it kind of seems like something personal.
Here’s another very lengthy Facebook thread with someone who was angry about being towed after eating at The Griddle, including lots of “evidence” pictures and back-and-forth with the owner.
However, even people who did visit The Hideaway Bar and Grill seem to have had issues with overly aggressive parking enforcement.
Here’s a sampling of a few The Hideaway reviews that were written after the Hideaway Bar Bar Rescue visit and don’t exclusively involve parking – all of them are still pretty uniformly negative…
1 star Yelp review from March 2023:
We use to go there weekly usually for weekend breakfast but the food and service has become subpar.
The last time we went the server brought me the wrong food and then walked out to her car and left.
Came back with a male friend and got into a verbal loud confrontation with I assume the manager.
After an extended time a server came over and I told her I got the wrong meal she looked at me and shrugged her shoulder and walked away.
I left the meal and payed and we have not been back
Add to the fact they are now towing vehicles at ridiculous charges I will not be back.
2 star Yelp review from February 2023:
Not the first time we’ve eaten at the Hideaway but will probably be the last.
The food is just not great.
I had a French dip sandwich and it was ok, the fries were definitely not completely cooked.
My wife ordered one of their happy hour specials and they couldn’t tell her what type of drink it was shot or cocktail.
So they just brought it out as a shot.
Ordered a basket of tots which was not very big.
There are plenty of other restaurants in the area to try before this one.
1 star Yelp review from January 2023:
I was coming in as part of a group.
Two of the people organizing called ahead to confirm that there was space.
When I arrived the women behind the bar forced us to wait outside in the snow for the rest of the group to arrive.
After 20 minutes past the gathering time we walked in and got seated.
As we sat down (before any staff even approached our table) one last person arrived. the same woman who sent us outside came to our table yelling about how we lied about the number of people and told us we had to leave.
When we called ahead we said it would be between 15-25 people.
When we got kicked out, there were only 11 of us.
1 star Yelp review from November 2022:
Ate there twice, because everyone has bad days- but turns out, its just a bad restaurant.
Subpar food and as very overpriced and service was absolutely terrible.
No one checked on us or offered to get us more drinks.
Honestly, the idea is so cool but the business was not executed well.
Makes sense why I never see anyone else eating there.
We also watched the owner case the parking lot with two tow trucks waiting on edge of lot waiting to tow anyone he doesn’t feel is going to eat there.
He aggressively chastised people parking- which is a pretty stupid business move if he wants people to come into his establishment.
Clearly shady business, and will make sure no one in my circle ever eats there again.
1 star Google review from November 2022:
Jovonna C gave us the worst service I have ever had.
First, she requested that we “flag her down” when we wanted another drink rather than her coming to our table to check on us.
Each time, it took several minutes for us to get her attention.
Several times we went to the bar to order a drink from her because it took so long.
Then, at 9:30pm she informed us that it was last call.
After looking up the hours on Google (it said 11pm), I asked her what time they close.
She informed me that it’s “up to bartender discretion and I’m not making money” so she is closing early.
There were 8 people at the bar in addition to the four people at my table.
I had a couple of friends coming to meet us and they arrived when she called last call.
I was telling them about what had happened and that we would not be tipping her.
She overhead me having a private conversation with my friend and confronted me saying “You’re not going to tip me?”
I found her confrontational attitude in addition to the terrible service to be very off putting. I will not be back.
Overall, based on all of The Hideaway reviews that I read, it seems like the Hideaway Bar and Grill Bar Rescue episode was pretty dang accurate.
Shortly after The Hideaway episode aired on TV, some angry Bar Rescue fans started review bombing the Google review listing.
While I don’t think that’s nice to do, it did elicit a response from The Hideaway owner about the Bar Rescue episode:
Final thoughts on The Hideaway Bar and Grill
That wraps up my The Hideaway Bar Rescue update!
Despite spurning help from Jon Taffer and causing him to walk out of the bar, The Hideaway Bar and Grill did manage to stay open for a few months.
However, the reviews were very bad across the board.
The bar was already listed for sale before the episode aired on TV, so it’s no surprise that it eventually closed.
According to a Facebook post from the bar, Dwayne sold the bar so he could retire.
If he got anywhere near the asking price ($2.7 million), that will be a pretty good retirement (though I’m not sure how much debt he was carrying on the property, so I can’t know his actual profit).
Regardless of the bar’s performance, though, they did seem to at least be making a good bit of money towing people’s cars.
The Hideaway Bar and Grill was the only Idaho Bar Rescue episode at the time that it aired, though Jon Taffer did visit three other Idaho bars later in Season 8.
If you want to see some other nearby episodes, the closest bars so far are in nearby states like Utah, Nevada, and Oregon.
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Last updated: 2023-08-06 05:15