The Olive Pit Bar Rescue Update (The OP) – Still Open in 2022?

Is The O.P. still open in 2022?

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

Season: 2 | View All Season 2 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: August 19, 2012
The Bar's Original Name Was: The Olive Pit
The O.P. Address: 834 E Lincoln Ave Ste B Orange, CA 92865

The Olive Pit Bar Rescue Update (The OP)

Episode Recap

The Olive Pit, later renamed The O.P., was an Orange, California bar that was featured on Season 2 of Bar Rescue.

Though the Olive Pit Bar Rescue episode aired in August 2012, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that.

It was Season 2 Episode 5 and the episode name was “Bottomless Pit”.

The Olive Pit is a bar in Orange, CA.

Orange is, obviously, located in Orange County. It’s southeast of Los Angeles and right near Anaheim.

Tim, a former banker, is the owner.

In 2001 Tim bought the forty-one-year-old bar with his life savings, which means he’s owned it for over a decade before the Olive Pit Bar Rescue episode.

Due to his neglect, the bar began to decline, and they are now losing thousands of dollars.

Tim also flirts with the female customers and staff, which isn’t a great habit for a bar owner.

Tim’s daughter Tracy works at the bar and wants to take it over, but her dad will not let her. 

Nicole, Jon’s wife, spies on The Olive Pit.

When she asks for a bar menu, she is told they don’t have one.

Julie is a cook and a server, so the kitchen gets put on the back burner, and tickets pile up. The drink Nicole orders is too strong, and she waits an hour for a burger.

When the food arrives, it is soggy. Nicole informs Jon about the poor nutrition and poor service. 

She says Tim was drinking at the bar, and his daughter Tracy was too concerned about what he was doing.

When Jon talks to Tim and Tracy, he finds out the bar only has enough to stay open for three more months.

Jon watches video footage of Tim being inappropriate with the staff.

At the meeting the next day, Jon asks the staff if Tim has ever been inappropriate with them.

Tim says he has never done that, but the female team says they are all uncomfortable.

Kat Munday comes in to help the staff with service training, and Chef Brian Duffy is there for the kitchen. 

They look at the bar and see mold and broken glass in the beer fridge.

A dirty bandaid is found in a cup, which is super gross.

The kitchen is messy and filled with grease.

Kat has the bar staff make drinks, but they come out too strong.

The cook has been serving and cooking for four years.

Tim and Tracy claim they had no idea this was happening. 

Jon and experts want to make the bar more casual and fix the other issues.

Almost $800 worth of liquor was given away for free on Sunday, but Tracy defends the staff working that evening.

Jon tells the team they should be grateful for Tracy sticking up for them. 

Kat uses a particular device to show the staff how to pour drinks properly.

They then make a modern Long Island Iced Tea.

Jon has given the kitchen a new oven. Chef Brian and the cook make sandwiches and serve them to the staff. 

Tracy manages that night, and Jon is expecting her to step up.

Chef Brian has to help after ticket times are up to twenty-five minutes.

The bartenders are busy and are making crucial mistakes.

There is an over-served drunk man that Tracy has to kick out.

After the stress test is over, Jon tells them to stop stacking orders. 

The staff gathered at sunset the next day to see the renovations.

As part of the changes, the bar has been renamed The O.P instead of The Olive Pit.

The inside is more contemporary-looking.

Classic cars are there to celebrate the grand re-opening.

The staff does their best during the relaunch to stay successful. 

The O.P. Update - What Happened Next?

Now that we’ve recapped the OP Bar Rescue visit, let’s talk about what happened to this restaurant after Jon Taffer switched to Apples and left Orange, CA.

A month after Taffer’s visit, Tracy is still managing The O.P. while Tim went down ‘ole Mexico way and didn’t come back.

The owners didn’t seem to love all of Taffer’s changes, though, as they ditched the new furniture once he was gone.

Sales were doing better, though, as the bar told the Bar Rescue team that sales were 20% higher.

Is the OP from Bar Rescue still open?

As of 2022, The O.P. / The Olive Pit is still open and serving customers in Orange, CA. Reviews aren’t amazing, as it has just a 3 star Yelp rating, but it has successfully stayed open.

The positive reviews seem to compliment the food and the bartenders.

However, the negative reviews also criticize the service, so I’m not sure who’s right here.

Maybe it depends on the day haha.

The bar is currently using the full The Olive Pit name on all its social media profiles, though, and not the shortened name that Jon Taffer gave it.

I’m not sure when they made that switch, but I can’t find any mention of The O.P. anywhere.

If you know anything about what happened to The Olive Pit after Bar Rescue, please share it in the comments section below.

Overall, though, this seems like a success story for now.

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