(keep reading to learn what happened)
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Original Episode Air Date: November 1, 2015
The Bar's Original Name Was: Ripper's Rock House
Tim Owens' Traveler's Tavern Address: 2727 Manchester Rd Akron, OH 44319
Ripper’s Rock House, later renamed to Tim Owens’ Traveler’s Tavern, was an Akron, Ohio bar that was featured on Season 4 of Bar Rescue.
Though the Tim Owens Bar Rescue episode aired in November 2015, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place a few months before that.
It was Season 4 Episode 36 and the episode name was “Ripper’s Rookie House”.
Ripper’s Rock House is located in Akron, Ohio.
Tim “Ripper” Owens has owned the bar since 2013.
Ripper was the lead singer for the band Judas Priest in the 1990s and 2000s, so he’s had a pretty successful musical career.
He’s also worked with a bunch of other bands including Spirits of Fire, Iced Earth, Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force, and lots of others. You can learn more on Tim’s Wikipedia page.
He opened the bar with Micah Posten in 2012, so the two are co-owners who’ve had the bar for about three years at the time of the Ripper’s Bar Rescue episode.
Micah is not in the music business, though – he owns a landscaping company.
When the bar first opened, it was very successful.
Soon they stopped focusing on providing exemplary service.
Tim doesn’t want his name associated with a failing bar, and Micah is on the verge of losing his money.
Jon Taffer meets with Tim out in the SUV.
Alex, a bartender who left two months ago due to not being paid her salary, spies on the bar.
The spies order a Bloody Mary and food from Danielle, the bartender.
Jon Taffer and Tim enter the bar and talk to Micah. Micah says no one likes his ideas.
Jon Taffer reminds them that the bar is losing money every day, and they are in trouble.
Expert mixologist Phil Wills joins Chef Pink to recon the bar.
Phil looks over the menu and doesn’t like that they have no specialty items.
The kitchen is filled with health hazards. The pots and pans are caked with old, moldy food.
The kitchen and bar have to be cleaned before Jon can help them.
To prep for the stress test, Chef Pink trains the staff to make a simple wing dish with a delicious sauce.
The bartenders serve Phil drinks with too much sugar.
He teaches them the proper way to make them for the stress test.
Phil leaves out buckets to pour drinks in that the bar makes terrible.
During the stress test, the customers like the wings but are left waiting a long time for their drinks.
The bar has many unattended tickets, and soon they run out of glassware.
Jon Taffer shuts the bar down and gathers the staff for feedback.
Jon tells them they need to charge the total price for every item on the menu as they are losing money.
Phil trains the staff by teaching them a martini with a twist.
Chef Pink leads the team on how to make boneless wings.
After two days, the bar is renovated, and Jon gets the staff and owners together to show them the bar.
As part of the changes, the bar is renamed from Ripper’s Rock House to Tim Owens’ Traveler’s Tavern.
Tim is happy with the new name and likes having his name on the bar.
The bar looks upscale inside but with a rock and roll stage.
Jon has provided two new POS machines.
The bar staff does excellent during the relaunch.
They show confidence while interacting with customers.
So was the Ripper’s Rock House Bar Rescue episode a success? Keep reading our update to learn what happened to the bar after the cameras finished filming.
Tim Owens' Traveler's Tavern Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Tim Owens Bar Rescue episode, let’s talk about what happened to the bar after Jon Taffer and his crew left Akron, Ohio.
Things seemed to start off well for the bar after the rebranding.
At the normal six-week check-in with the Bar Rescue producers, we learn that the bar has grossed over $110,000 in the 1.5 months since Taffer’s visit.
Is Tim Owens’ Traveler’s Tavern from Bar Rescue still open?
Tim Owens’ Traveler’s Tavern for good in September, 2016, around one year after the original Ripper’s Rock House Bar Rescue visit.
Tim and Micah said they closed the bar because of other commitments – Tim’s music schedule and Micah’s landscaping business.
Because neither of them could put enough focus on the bar, they chose to close it.
Here’s part of Tim’s statement about the closure:
It is a tremendous commitment of time and resources to maintain a restaurant and music venue and unfortunately, we are not able to commit the time and energy to this business that it deserves. We have had to make the difficult decision to commit our time and resources to our main careers.
They sold the bar to another person who wanted to create a restaurant, though the new owner was open to still having live music some times.
As of 2022, the old Tim Owens’ Akron, Ohio location is occupied by a new bar/restaurant named Magic City Brewing Company, or MCBC for short.
Reviews for the new place seem quite good as it has a 4.5 star rating on its Yelp page.
What happened to Tim Ripper Owens after Bar Rescue?
Tim still has a successful music career. He was announced as the frontman for the band KK’s Priest in 2020, which features former Judas Priest members.
Tim is still touring and performing with KK Priest as of 2022, as far as I can tell. The band also recently released a new album in 2021.
He’s also released other recent albums with bands such as The Three Tremors and Spirits of Fire.
You can learn more on the official Tim Ripper Owens website, which includes his tour dates.
Overall, it seems like he was being honest about needing to close the bar because of his other commitments.
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Last updated: 2022-06-28 06:52