(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 8 | View All Season 8 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: April 17, 2022
The Bar's Original Name Was: Confetti's Bar and Grill
Tropica Bar and Cafe Address: 6470 Spalding Drive Norcross, GA 30092
Confetti’s Bar and Grill, later renamed to Tropica Bar and Cafe, was a Norcross, Georgia bar that was featured on the second half of Season 8 of Bar Rescue. Another name for the location is Peachtree Corners, GA.
Though the Tropica Bar Rescue episode aired in April 2022, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that.
It was Season 8 Episode 17 and the episode name was “Shutting Down the Confetti Party”.
In this episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer visits Confetti’s Bar and Grill in Norcross, GA.
More specifically, the bar is located in an area called Peachtree Corners, GA. The actual address says Norcross, but the bar advertises itself as being in Peachtree Corners, so I’m not sure which is right.
Norcross is located just a bit northeast of Atlanta and it is included in the Atlanta metropolitan area.
Jon Taffer owns one of his own bars in Atlanta (Taffer’s Tavern), so he seems to be doing a good number of Atlanta Bar Rescue episodes in Season 8, including the Gilly’s / Stadium Club bar in Dunwoody that he visited a few episodes earlier.
Confetti’s is owned by Scott Cohen, a likeable fellow who struggles with an autoimmune disorder.
It sounds pretty horrible, as Scott was essentially bed-ridden for a decade. He’s still struggling, but he’s much better now, which is how he’s able to run the bar.
Scott bought the bar in 2018, which means he’s owned it for about four years at the time of the Confetti’s Bar Rescue visit. You can see the Facebook post from the original Confetti’s owners that indicates the sale.
However, Scott has no business experience, nor does he have any experience in the bar or hospitality industry.
Because of Scott’s autoimmune disorder, he lacked the savings to purchase the bar himself, so his father helped him invest in the bar.
Sadly, Scott’s father has since passed away. So beyond the financial reasons for pushing for the bar’s success, Scott also wants to do his father’s legacy proud.
Scott seemed to be doing a really good job. If you look at the Confetti’s Yelp reviews from before Bar Rescue, they actually seem pretty good (unlike a lot of the disasters that appear on Bar Rescue).
Scott calls it “the best and worst dive bar in Peachtree Corners”.
The theme is “do whatever you want”. The bar has pool tables, darts, karaoke, arcade games, poker, and more.
Honestly, it sounds pretty fun and like the type of place I’d hang out.
However, Melissa and Bianca, two managers at the bar, say that Scott isn’t good at the business part of the bar (as he’d rather focus on the social parts).
They both call Scott an “absentee owner”.
Helen, one of the Confetti’s bartenders, echoes the thoughts of Melissa and Bianca.
Monster, a security guard at the bar, says that Scott “lets these girls run over him”. Yes – his name is actually Monster. Isn’t that the absolute best name for a bar bouncer?
As a result, things at Confetti’s have been sliding down hill, which is why the Confetti’s Bar Rescue episode exists in the first place. After all, Jon Taffer doesn’t normally visit successful bars.
There are a lot of broken things at the bar, such as a broken beer cooler, problems with the stove, broken stools, and so on.
To make matters worse, the bar is losing over $4,000 per month.
Despite that, the current debt at the bar is only around $75,000. While that’s not chump change, this is actually pretty low debt load for a bar that appears on Bar Rescue.
You’ll see a lot of bars that are hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt by the time Jon Taffer gets there, so $75,000 isn’t insurmountable.
Still, Scott says the bar only has six months to turn things around before he’ll have to shut it down.
Overall, it seems like a cool concept and aesthetic for a bar, but one that needs business experience to be successful.
Thankfully, business experience and processes are Jon Taffer’s specialty, so I think Confetti’s has pretty good chances of surviving if Jon Taffer can get everyone trained up.
As part of Jon Taffer’s changes, Jon changed the name of the bar from Confetti’s Bar and Grill to Tropica Bar and Cafe.
The bar still has the pool tables, poker, and karaoke, but it’s got a great new theme and looks much better inside.
He also comes up with a new farm-to-table menu for the bar.
Tropica Bar and Cafe Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Tropica Bar Rescue visit, let’s talk about what happened to the bar after Jon Taffer and his crew left Norcross, GA.
So far, Scott has decided to keep the new Tropica name that Jon Taffer gave the bar, rather than reverting to the old Confetti’s name like some other Bar Rescue owners do.
Is Tropica from Bar Rescue still open?
As of 2022, Tropica is still open and serving customers in Peachtree Corners / Norcross, GA.
They’re still hosting a lot of events, with multiple poker games per week. They also still have karaoke, along with some live music acts.
In addition to the regular events, Tropica also offers private parties and catering services.
In terms of the menu, it seems pretty affordable. For example, burgers cost around $11 and the other entrees are in that same range.
There aren’t a ton of reviews for Tropica yet, but they’re a bit mixed, with some very positive and some very negative.
Five star Google Review:
A quiet local bar that is great for a cocktail on the way home. Cudos to the bartender Helen. She does a great job.
Five star Google review:
Had a blast. Saturday Night Karaoke w/ Kings Of Karaoke was Awesome
One star Google review:
We gave this place another chance because we heard Bar Rescue came and left so we figured hey why not? The place smells so bad I threw my clothes out and showered after. There are holes in the walls. The menus still say confettis as does Google… the fryer oil seemed old. The drinks were high priced. The owners were hanging out fixing cameras over our heads while we were trying to enjoy a beer. This place actually got worse after bar rescue came in. Can’t wait to see the episode if they choose to air it.
Two star Google review:
New name . Same poor service.
Scott and the Tropica crew seem happy with the Bar Rescue experience, as they’re hosting a watch party to celebrate the episode.
If you’re in the Norcross / Peachtree Corners, GA area and you want to check it out, you can learn more at the official Tropica Bar website.
If you want to connect with Scott, you can find him on Facebook here.
Fun fact, it seems like Scott will also be making an appearance on a dating show on Bravo.
The show is called Love Match Atlanta, and Scott’s episode will be coming out on May 8th of this year on Bravo. So – check that out if you want another dose!
It seems like he did not find love, though. Maybe Jon Taffer can help with that, too? After all, Jon Taffer does have his Marriage Rescue show.
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Last updated: 2022-04-18 07:41