Tres Cuartos Bar Rescue Update (Laguna Lounge) – Open or Closed in 2022?

Is Tres Cuartos still open in 2022?

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

Season: 4 | View All Season 4 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: October 26, 2014
The Bar's Original Name Was: Laguna Lounge
Tres Cuartos Address: 1007 Summit Ave Jersey City, NJ 07307

Tres Cuartos Bar Rescue Update (Laguna Lounge)

Episode Recap

Laguna Lounge, later renamed Tres Cuartos, was a Jersey City, New Jersey bar that was featured on Season 4 of Bar Rescue. Though the Tres Cuartos Bar Rescue episode aired in October 2014, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that in early 2014.

It was Season 4 Episode 4 and the episode name was “El Moronte!!”.

Laguna Lounge is located in Jersey City, New Jersey. DJ Ivan Arroyo owns the bar.

He wanted to bring his DJ knowledge to New Jersey, along with his Puerto Rican pride.

He has owned the bar since 2008, which means he’s been in control for about six years before the Laguna Lounge Bar Rescue episode.

His two sons, Josh and Jeremiah, help him with the bar. 

Ivan got too distracted being a DJ, and sales have dropped.

In 2013 Ivan and his wife divorced, and he blamed the bar.

Ivan lashes out at his staff, and his sons can’t stand the bar anymore. J

osh has a degree in business, but his dad will not support his ideas. 

Mixologist Lisamarie Joyce and Chef Anthony Lamas join Jon for the recon.

Jon brings in four locals as his spies. The bar has a small kitchen. There is a dance floor, a bar, and a pool table inside.

One girl orders a pina colada, but they do not have it. The soda gun is broken, so the bar uses warm soda cans. Gross!

Ivan’s mom is in the kitchen. She reheats food she has already made at home. She is putting food in oil that isn’t hot. 

Ivan gives out free shots to the bar.

Jon goes into the bar and yells at Ivan because of how Ivan is treating his staff members.

He makes him say sorry to the bartender. Jon has him close the bar early so they can sit down and talk. 

The next day, Jon meets with the staff for another meeting. 

Ivan admits that he can’t handle his anger.

Jon says that people will spend more money in a well-themed restaurant.

Jon introduces his experts to the staff. He tells Ivan that he wants to see him step up during the stress test.

Jon Taffer really doesn’t mince words. He tells Ivan he sucks as a DJ and as an owner. 

Jeremiah is in culinary school. Jon sees excellent potential in Ivan’s sons/the brothers.

Lisamarie shows the staff how to make a correct Pina Colada.

She also has them work together to practice teamwork.

If they over-pour or under-pour, she will toss out the drinks.

Anthony Lamas teaches the kitchen staff how to make an empanada. 

The bar opens for the stress test, and the staff moves slowly.

Customers are waiting too long for their drinks even though five people are behind the bar.

Ivan is no help at all. He is just standing around doing nothing.

The bar is a wreck, and the food takes too long to prepare. Jon has them close down the bar for the night.

The lack of organization failed the staff during the stress test.

Lisamarie shows the staff new drinks that will be added to the menu.

Jeremiah is taught how to make shrimp ceviche by Anthony.

While the staff is leveling up their knowledge, Jon Taffer begins renovations on the bar.

As part of the changes, Jon renames the bar from Laguna Lounge to Tres Cuartos.

Beyond a new name and style, there are new workstations and POS machines. 

During relaunch, the staff has control. Customers are delighted with their food and drinks.

Jon tells Ivan to continue leading the bar, and they will succeed. 

Tres Cuartos Update - What Happened Next?

Now that we’ve recapped the Tres Cuartos Bar Rescue, let’s talk about what happened after Jon Taffer left the building.

Six weeks after the Bar Rescue visit, Tres Cuarto’s food sales had doubled and the drink sales were up 20%, which put them in a much better spot.

Ivan seemed to have a good experience on the show, though. In an interview with NJ.com, he had very positive things to say about Jon Taffer:

“He’s a genius. He’s a pain in the ass but he knows what he’s talking about. In a way, we needed that. It was a wake up call.”

Despite calling Jon Taffer a genius, Ivan apparently didn’t like the new name that Jon Taffer gave the bar.

After the Bar Rescue episode, Ivan renamed the bar again to Laguna Shots Bar, which was closed to the original name of Laguna Lounge.

Is Tres Cuartos from Bar Rescue still open?

Tres Cuartos closed for good in August 2017. At that time, it was already operating under the name Laguna Shots Bar. This was about three years after the visit from Jon Taffer and his crew.

While business still seemed to be doing ok, Tres Cuartos closed because Ivan wanted to go all-in on his music career rather than running the bar.

As of 2022, the old Tres Cuartos Jersey City location is occupied by a catering business called Casa Cubana Catering. The business offers both catering and takeout food and reviews seem ok with a four star rating on its Yelp page.


More Information

https://www.yelp.com/biz/laguna-shots-bar-jersey-city
https://www.facebook.com/Laguna-Shots-Bar-689112864511248/


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3 thoughts on “Tres Cuartos Bar Rescue Update (Laguna Lounge) – Open or Closed in 2022?”

    • Maybe he just didn’t want to deal with the complexities of doing that. Better to make a clean break and focus on something new.

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