This was the most disappointing ep for me. I was a patron of Champs for years. The problems described were very real, and then some. However, the fix they went for was a classic case of form (and cheapness) over function.
It's a friggin sports bar. Where is the BIG screen HD TV? Where are the smaller wall-mounted HD TVs? The kitchen is a ridiculously small space. No expansion of the space? Really? There is room on the North side of that building to expand (right where the kitchen is). If the choice was to renovate the "dated" exterior or to expand the kitchen, they made a lousy choice.
I was very interested to see how Jon would increase the flow of the two rooms. The solution is laughable. That first room, where the bar is, is tiny. There is no point to any flow between these rooms. If they really wanted to create some type of flow, they would have had to knock down the divider, which now also serves as the back of the bar itself. Again....on the cheap they did not do the right thing.
While the pour discipline was essential, the drink concepts were ridiculous for that place. It is decidedly NOT in an upscale area. In fact, it sits on the extreme-Western edge of Burbank. It is essentially in North Hollywood. If anyone needed one of those fancy-schmancy beer tapping mechanisms, this was/is the place. Again....cheapness prevails.
Another problem for Champs is that the Dodgers are in severe decline, and the Lakers are in decline. I believe Jon made a big mistake in deciding to keep the sports bar theme. Any local would never buy any type of upscale re-branding, so I don;t know what he could come up with. But, isn't that why he got the big bucks all these years as a consultant?
It's ironic to me the the announcement that this show has been renewed came after the airing of this ep.
Edited by trojan69, Sep 15, 2011 @ 9:53 PM.