(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.
So was the Confetti Bar Rescue visit a long-term success? Keep reading to learn what happened next and if it’s still open in 2023.
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.
This is a good sign, as it shows that he’s willing to implement Jon Taffer’s concept.
It seems to be working, too.
At the standard six-week check-in with the Bar Rescue producers, we learn that sales at Tropica Bar and Cafe are up by 20% after Taffer’s visit.
Is Tropica from Bar Rescue still open?
As of 2023, 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.
Based on the Facebook page, karaoke seems to be one of the most popular events:
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.
Here’s an example of the Tropica Bar and Cafe menu to give you an idea of what’s on offer:
Tropica bar and café reviews after Bar Rescue
There aren’t a ton of reviews for Tropica yet, but they’re a bit mixed, with some very positive and some very negative.
Tropica doesn’t have its own Yelp page – it’s still using the old Confetti’s Yelp page.
However, the Google business listing has been updated to Tropica Bar and Cafe, and it has an overall 3.9 star rating there (which includes reviews from back when it was Confetti’s).
Here’s a sampling of a few reviews that were written after the visit from Jon Taffer…
5 star Google Review from September 2022:
This place is one of the most slept on karaoke bars in town!
Sure it’s not a five-star establishment, but nobody comes there for that.
Drinks are reasonable, food is great surprisingly (try the ribs or pulled pork) and the company is your typical dive bar with some badass bartenders.
This has become my karaoke spot over Chaplins hands down.
4 star Google review from August 2022:
It’s a local neighborhood dive bar.
Great with friends.
Smoking allowed inside the bar.
Food was not bad
1 star Google review from May 2022:
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.
2 star Google review from May 2022:
Same poor service.
Also, I found this funny review and response from May 2022. I’m not sure where the truth lies, but I lacked at Scott’s response:
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.
Here’s what the Tropica Norcross Georgia location looks like in the most recent picture from Google Maps street view:
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!
Unfortunately, I can’t find any clips of the show on YouTube, so I can’t share anything with you.
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: 2023-02-09 06:31