(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 5 | View All Season 5 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: October 23, 2016
The Bar's Original Name Was: The Tradewinds
The Tradewinds Address: 8210 Old Redwood Hwy Cotati, CA 94931
The Tradewinds was a Cotati, California bar that was featured on Season 5 of Bar Rescue.
Though the Tradewinds Bar Rescue episode aired in October 2016, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that.
It was Season 5 Episode 9 and the episode name was “Chase Lounge”.
The Tradewinds is a bar in Cotati, CA. Cotati is a small city in Sonoma County, located about 45 miles north of San Francisco.
If you’re not familiar with your California geography, that means that it’s in the northern part of the state, though still a good bit south of the Oregon border.
Dan Thompson was the Bar’s original owner, alongside his friend Eric Loria.
Chase, Dan’s stepson, was brought in to manage the bar.
However, Chase is irresponsible, and the bar often runs out of beer because Chase forgets to order it. Having enough beer is kind of a basic thing as a manager, so this definitely needs to change.
The bar is in a college town, but they do not bring in the college crowds, which means they’re missing out.
They are now within months of closing because of mounting debt. That’s why the Tradewinds Bar Rescue episode exists.
To help save the bar, mixologist Rob Floyd joins Jon Taffer, as well as culinary expert Michael Ferraro.
The bar has no theme, and the furnishings are worn out and outdated.
Dan and Eric own 40% of the bar each, while Chase owns 20% for his work (or lack thereof haha).
When Jon Taffer arrives, he meets with Dan and Eric, but Chase is not there and does not answer his phone when he is called.
Traci, Chase’s mom, is the cook and usually hangs out at the bar while waiting for customers.
After Chase finally arrives, Jon arranges for a mini stress test.
He invites 75 college students to come to the bar.
The served beer is warm and foamy, and disaster as a whole is a mess.
Customers can only pay for their drinks in cash since the POS machine keeps breaking down. What happened – did we teleport back to the 1950s here? C’mon!
There is a lot of beer wasted during the stress test, and the customers receive no food.
Instead of food, they are offered free popcorn…I mean seriously – popcorn?
Chase leaves to go to another bar for drinks during the stress test.
Dan and Eric begin arguing with Chase in the middle of the street.
Jon Taffer meets with the owners after the test and is upset they do not hold Chase accountable.
They try to talk to Chase about the business, but he shows no interest.
The next day at the staff meeting, they tell Jon that Chase is the main problem with the bar.
He is very spoiled and doesn’t care about The Tradewinds.
Chase tells the owners and the staff he wants to change.
After the meeting, Rob teaches the bartenders to make a Mai Tai and a spicy cocktail.
In the kitchen, Michael shows the staff how to make mini calzones.
Eric is put in charge of the front of the house for the stress test.
Dan is bartending, and Chase is working the floor as manager.
Traci becomes overwhelmed in the kitchen, making the mini calzones.
Customers wait for their food and drinks because the staff forgets the table numbers.
Jon shuts down the failing stress test.
Jon tells the staff he thinks they need to retheme the Bar to a tiki bar the next day.
Everyone agrees Chase has potential, but he needs to get serious about the bar if it’s going to be success. Chase promises he will change and become a better manager.
Rob takes the bar staff through making cocktails with a rum-based, to fit the new tiki theme.
The kitchen staff learns sweet calzones.
While Jon Taffer did change the theme of the bar and renovate it a lot, he didn’t change the name – he still kept it as The Tradewinds, which makes sense because it fits with the new theme.
Jon gets the shuttle bus in the bar working and hopes to bring college students back and forth.
There are televisions on the wall and maps.
Jon also fixed the draft beer system, and he gave them a subscription to Taffer Virtual Teaching for the staff members.
When they open their doors for the relaunch, the customers are impressed with the décor, food, and cold beer.
The Tradewinds Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Tradewinds Bar Rescue visit, let’s talk about what happened after Jon Taffer blew out of Cotati, CA.
Things started off quite well for the bar, as sales were up 25% after the Bar Rescue bump.
It was such a success story that Jon Taffer revisited the bar in Season 6 during one of the Back to the Bar episodes (it was episode 22 of Season 6 if you want to check it out).
Chase seems to have matured and is doing much better as a manager, which is great to see.
Is The Tradewinds from Bar Rescue still open?
As of 2022, The Tradewinds is still open and serving customers in Cotati, CA. However, the reviews aren’t amazing, as it has just a 3.5 star rating on the Tradewinds Yelp page. Newer reviews seem much more positive, though, so it seems like the Bar Rescue changes worked well.
A lot of people praise the food – especially the calzones. Other people praise the drinks and appreciate that the drinks are strong.
If you find yourself in the Cotati, California area, go check out the bar and let us know how it went in the comments!
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Last updated: 2022-03-11 04:45