Part Two of Bar Chat with Jon Taffer: Talking About the Future of “Bar Rescue”
Through my own experience in the industry, I have seen a lot. I am never shocked to see the condition of these bars and restaurants. Reality television is still here, sometimes relevant, but how much is really staged by the producers. From my bar and restaurant experience and after viewing all of the episodes to this point, “Bar Rescue” and host Jon Taffer, are the real deal.
My interview with Jon is from a bar and restaurant back ground, not like the same cookie cutter media that makes Jon repeat the same information over again, enjoy.
Q. Talking about the cameras before the recon, how much notice does the staff have that you are coming into the bar?
What happens is our crew arrives and we are on location for about six days. So the cameras arrive about 24 hours before myself or the recon crew. They are following employees around, customers that walk in, so they are not really sure who we are but by the time we arrive there has probably been 100 people the camera has followed. It is important that the employees get comfortable around the cameras before we get there and surprisingly they do believe it or not. I was surprised, because this was my first season and as an executive producer of the show, I get an opportunity to be involved in all aspects of it.
Q. You are from New York, so seemingly an obvious place to start next season. Are there any other places?
The best part about Bar Rescue is great story telling. We are not specifically looking for a location or style of bar, but whether the story is going to be engaging or not. We found that people were not requesting that we go somewhere but requesting that we do a country bar, nightclub, or an old down and dirty, Rock ‘n’ Roll bar.
Q. What we see on the show is Jon Taffer the intense professional. What is Jon like outside of the business? How about a fun question. What would we find in your DVD collection?
I love comedies and to pick one of my favorites of all time, I love the Big Lebowski. I am a huge fan of the Dude and coming up in Hollywood as a musician. I saw a lot of people who were like the Dude. I also enjoy many Sci-Fi flicks and you know just fun movies.
Q. There are two episodes of “Bar Rescue” left, what is on ‘the burner’ for Jon Taffer and Bar Recue?
Well for Bar Rescue there are some announcements that will be made in the next week or so and I think you will be pleased to hear the news. I cannot say what they are yet, other than they will be good announcements.
For me I am also the president of the Nightclub and Bar Convention in Las Vegas we put on a trade show every year in March. It is like a big party, from product tasting, industry forums, introductions to new products from bars and nightclubs across the country. There is about 40,000 of us going crazy for a couple of days.
We are also doing our first ever Bar Rescue tour, done by Night Club and Bar Media Group. Myself, Brian Duffy and Michael Tipps we put on a 5-hour intense program for bar owners and operators who want to figure out how to make more money. We will be in Philadelphia, Chicago and Long Beach, California. We are excited about that.
Want More; check out my first interview with Jon Taffer
Bar chat: Jon Taffer of “Bar Rescue”
About Bar Rescue
Bars mean money, but they also mean stress if they aren’t properly run. Jon Taffer is a bar and nightclub owner who has started, flipped, or owned over 600 bars and clubs in his career and currently owns one of the most highly respected consulting firms in the bar and nightclub industry. Jon will travel around the country and employ his expertise to return struggling bars to the cash cows they once were. Everything from the science of the perfect pour, to the height of the bar stools is a key factor in making a bar the hottest place in town.
“Bar Recue” airs every Sunday at 10/9c on Spike TV.
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