(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 3 | View All Season 3 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: April 6, 2014
The Bar's Original Name Was: The Tailgate
The Shot Exchange Address: 26891 Bouquet Canyon Rd Santa Clarita, CA 91350
The Tailgate, later renamed to The Shot Exchange, was a Santa Clarita, California bar that was featured on Season 3 of Bar Rescue.
Though the Tailgate Bar Rescue episode aired in April 2014, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that.
It was Season 3 Episode 35 and the episode name was “Grow Some Meatballs!!”.
In this episode, Jon Taffer visits The Tailgate in Santa Clarita, CA.
Brother and sister Mike and Diane Miller own the bar.
They bought the bar in 2003 and hired their father, Pops. That means they’ve been running the bar for over a decade at the time of the Tailgate Bar Rescue episode.
Because of the bar’s success, they hired more family members like Robert, a godchild, and Christine is, a cousin.
Christine and Robert are the leading cause of all the issues at the bar.
The bar is now in debt, and there is tension in the family.
To help rescue The Tailgate, Jon Taffer brings in mixologist Phil Wills and chef Brendan Collins for food.
When they arrive, they see that the bar’s sign is only partially lit.
There is a cutting board in the kitchen filled with blood and money.
Robert cleans it off only to cut lemons and raw chicken on it. It’s super gross.
Connie, Robert’s sister, works in security. Zusi is not related to the family; she is the bartender.
A man exposes himself, and Pops tries to get him out.
The security, Connie, does not help.
Christine starts doing body shots, and Pops sends her home.
Jon Taffer and Pops meet outside the bar to discuss what’s happening.
They both return to the bar to meet with Diane and Mike.
The family begins to fight, and they all blame each other for the bar’s state.
Robert starts to defend himself.
Jon leaves them to talk it out and will return in the morning.
Jon returns and reads Yelp reviews to the staff.
There are negative reviews about the explicit words in the menu.
Jon introduces the team to his experts to start fixing things at The Tailgate.
Diane gets mad at the family for not defending her. Mike leaves the bar angrily.
During the fight, the experts look at the kitchen. It is filthy.
Brendan shows the kitchen staff how to make a burger properly.
Zusi has excellent bartending skills, but she hasn’t been given a chance to show them off.
Doc, Jon’s security expert, comes in to assess Connie’s skills as a security guard.
Doc hired stunt performers to have a fake fight, but Connie didn’t stop them.
Pops is managing the bar and kitchen area for the stress test.
Diane is working the front while Mike is in charge of the back.
Robert burns food in the kitchen during the stress test, and the rest are overwhelmed.
Zusi is the only employee to perform well during the trial.
As a grease fire breaks out in the kitchen, burgers are returned for being raw.
The fire takes a while to put down, so the bar is shut down, and customers leave.
Robert is the cause of the fire and is blamed for many of the issues, and Diane has no choice but to fire him.
The family meets the next day and makes amends.
Zusi is made bar manager.
Phil trains the bar staff on unique colorful shot drinks.
The bar is remodeled in a time frame of thirty-six hours.
As part of those changes, Jon changed the name from The Tailgate to The Shot Exchange.
They have a new, more appropriate menu.
The bar is confident during the relaunch.
The customers love the dance floor and enjoy the food and music.
The Shot Exchange Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Shot Exchange Bar Rescue visit, let’s talk about what happened after Jon Taffer left Santa Clarita, CA.
Things seemed to be doing much better initially as Mike and Diane had worked through most of their family drama.
The Millers generally seemed happy with the Bar Rescue experience.
In an interview with a local Radio station, Diane had the following to say:
The whole bar is different, they took down everything. We were nervous about them taking down all of the Dodger memorabilia because we’re a Dodger family, but now it’s beautiful.
Overall, they seemed to like the renovations and they kept the new The Shot Exchange name instead of The Tailgate.
Is the Shot Exchange from Bar Rescue still open?
As of 2022, The Shot Exchange is still open and serving customers in Santa Clarita, CA. However, it’s doing it under new ownership as the bar was sold to new owners in 2015.
Reviews for The Shot Exchange are ok but not amazing.
It has just a 3 star rating on Yelp and a 3.9 star rating on Google Reviews.
Most of the negative reviews seem to have to do with people having bad experiences with the bartender, which I guess is kind of normal at a dive bar.
Some people do report good service, though, so I think it depends on the individual.
When they sold the bar, Mike and Diane posted the following on Facebook:
We would like to THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for all your support and patronage during our ten years as co-owners of The Tailgate now doing business as The Shot Exchange. Throughout the years we have made many great friends and will cherish all the great memories created in our establishment. In addition, we would like to Thank all of our employees from the bottom of our hearts for their loyalty and hard work. As many of you know, Mike and I have our careers, we both coach, and have large families with enough kids for everyone, ha ha, and feel that it is time to concentrate our time and effort with them as they are growing quickly.
Overall, we’re still marking The Shot Exchange as open on our list because the bar is still doing business, but the owners from the Bar Rescue episode are no longer there.
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Last updated: 2022-02-16 07:18