Posted Oct 10, 2012 @ 5:36 PM
I feel like that episode also really shows that Jon is no Gordon Ramsay. Sure, Gordon yells and screams and gets exercised, but you can also tell that he really cares about trying to help the people in each episode, and you see that he really is trying to start where they are and elevate it. I think in a similar situation, Gordon would have worked with the pirate theme, and found a really great way to elevate it...I think the end result would have been the same, because the owners are chuckleheads, but still...I thought it was completely tone deaf of Jon to completely bulldoze the pirate theme--which was the A-number-one thing these folks care about, and then be outraged at the result. Even a first year psych student coulda predicted that reaction. When you watch his "talkback" clip on Spike, it's pretty clear from the beginning that he hated the pirate concept and there was no way he was going to let any remnant of that stay. I kinda think if that's how you feel going in, maybe that's not the best bar for you to try to rescue. Cause then basically you're trying to teach a pig to whistle--you're not going to get the result you want, and you're just gonna piss of the pig.
Posted Oct 23, 2012 @ 5:28 AM
Posted Nov 15, 2012 @ 12:13 AM
Posted Feb 11, 2013 @ 1:32 PM
I don't know the area of Silver Spring but based on what Jon said, I have worked in corporate areas that he was describing. No way would I or anyone in my office go to lunch, or take a client to lunch, at a place like Piratz. Maybe if the food was actually good and the pirate theme only came out during happy hour or preselected times . . . but otherwise, just no.
I think the remodel was gorgeous. The name was a bit stiff but I understand the demographic Jon was trying to entice. Maybe if they had named the bar The Corner Office or The Conference Room it would have gone over a little better. But it's pretty clear that the owner was determined to have a pirate themed bar, whether it succeeded or not. The fact that she, her husband and her 17 year old daughter were living in her parents' basement should have been enough incentive to change but the woman is a moron and has absolutely no place running a business or raising a child. Her parents really need to just kick her out. Let her live at Piratz if she loves it so much.
And was she the one to call BR? If so, why? She's living in her delusional fantasy land where anyone and everyone secretly wants to be a pirate. Did she think Jon was gong to come in there and declare the decor and food perfect and blame the economy or the patrons?
Posted Feb 12, 2013 @ 12:03 AM
Posted Feb 12, 2013 @ 12:42 AM
Finally caught the Piratz Tavern epi from the beginning of the season, and wanted to chime in with the other Silver Springer who've commented so far. I'm not a Piratz fan by any stretch, but what I was really struck by was how far off the mark Jon was in assessing the area's demographics. Yeah, there are some corporate buildings up the way on Georgia Avenue (not right up next to Piratz as Jon asserts), but the corporate thing is a tiny part of the Silver Spring whole, which is a lot more ethnically and economically diverse than Jon implies.
I think the show might be conflating corporate with government, which explains some of the misinformation about Silver Spring. And yes, Silver Spring is quite diverse, but not diverse enough for a pirate themed restaurant/bar.
Posted Feb 17, 2013 @ 10:08 AM
The Piratz bar episode and their inability to grasp reality was disturbing.
Posted Feb 17, 2013 @ 8:11 PM
Posted Feb 17, 2013 @ 8:49 PM
Loved the Turtle Bay episode. My husband is headed to New Orleans next month and said he would be sure to check it out.
Posted Feb 18, 2013 @ 12:36 AM
Posted Feb 18, 2013 @ 2:44 PM
I felt bad for the workers. They really deserved better. I was glad to see that they at least put effort in and tried to make the steampunk bar concept work, but sadly, I was not surprised to hear that the owner didn't change and his staff were leaving for greener pastures. Good for them. Let the fool go under.
Posted Feb 18, 2013 @ 6:16 PM
Posted Feb 18, 2013 @ 8:37 PM
Posted Feb 18, 2013 @ 8:58 PM
Austin is infested with roaches, but this place was really dirty. And it doesn't look like the owner was fumigate the place. Every office or apartment complex I've ever worked in the city of Austin has always had to fumigate monthly and none of these were food service/bar type businesses. I imagine that a bar or restaurant would have to fumigate every other week.
Posted Feb 18, 2013 @ 9:04 PM
Posted Feb 20, 2013 @ 1:13 PM
Posted Feb 20, 2013 @ 1:48 PM
I hope the head bartender (can't remember her name) takes what she learned from Jon's reboot and opens her own bar. And takes the Headhunters staff with her.
Posted Feb 20, 2013 @ 7:10 PM
I think he was relying on there not being any proof that they were employees. Apparently he trashed the paperwork Jon insisted on having. Now that what he's doing has aired, the case ought to be a slam dunk for any state and federal law enforcement agents who want to pursue it.
And having staff work for tips only, not on payroll? How is that even legal?
Posted Feb 21, 2013 @ 10:20 AM
I really was not happy with how little attention was paid to this in the show and I'd have preferred seeing him do an episode where he trained the employees and found them jobs.
The steampunk theme was dumb, fwiw, but I think they were basically dialing it in. They had to know the owner wasn't going to fix things.
Posted Feb 25, 2013 @ 1:15 PM
Posted Feb 25, 2013 @ 1:25 PM
I liked that they did add food but they didn't get crazy and brought it a giant Easy Bake oven to make simple stuff.
Glad they fired Spillman. That guy was an overgrown frat boy who needed to put back on his damn clothes and then go. Four shots in 20 minutes? It's clear that guy was intoxicated all the time.
Very surprised they fired Lyle. I thought for sure they would move him to the mini-kitchen, where he wouldn't have to deal with the patrons that much. Or he could always take Nate's place as an ID checker, since you don't have to be smiley and super friendly there.
Speaking of Nate, either the guy didn't care too much about his job or he was dumb as a bag of hair because common sense would tell you that if Taffer sent a fake ID through the first night there, he would do it again during the stress test.
"Late Night Library" is a great name.
Posted Feb 25, 2013 @ 1:26 PM
Minor spoilage on next week's episode. (But it's hardly surprising.) The owner is a friend of mine and he told us that the show wanted to film in Austin, so they contacted 5 bars and offered to "rescue" them. He never contacted Taffer or the show. I don't know why Headhunters or The Brixton were selected -- perhaps because they had the worst problems. I had to laugh at the preview ("I have to save their bar and their marriage!") because the owners are still newlyweds and are having a great time being married and running a bar.
In other words, next week will be full of fake drama for the cameras. Surprise surprise.
Posted Feb 25, 2013 @ 1:58 PM
he told us that the show wanted to film in Austin, so they contacted 5 bars and offered to "rescue" them.
So were there really no bars that needed genuine help? I mean, besides Headhunters/Metal and Lace but that owner is such a fuckwit, it probably doesn't matter.
I can't believe there is no one that is suffering in this economy or having management issues, etc.
Darn reality tv!
Posted Feb 25, 2013 @ 2:57 PM
ETA Austin would, presumably, be an exception to the current financial problem the country is having. The town is full of college students with plenty of disposable income to blow in bars. As far as I can tell, sales are not the issue with the bars selected. The problems with Headhunters were blatantly obvious and the direct cause of dismal sales. From what Tim (the co-owner of The Brixton) has said, their problems were electrical. Their sales are not bad, but they would not be able to afford the needed repairs for some time.
Edited by DementedDaisy, Feb 25, 2013 @ 3:03 PM.
Posted Feb 25, 2013 @ 4:51 PM
Austin would, presumably, be an exception to the current financial problem the country is having. The town is full of college students with plenty of disposable income to blow in bars.
Which is another reason why the douchebag owner of Headhunters/Metal and Lace has no business well, running a business. If you can't run your business decently well in that kind of market - - and your bar is known as a stinky, smelly bar to college kids - - you should just go ahead and close up shop.
For what it's worth, I don't like Metal and Lace as a name for a bar. A lingerie store, sure. I do like their idea of changing the name to Clockworks. Much better.
Shows like this - - and I'm including Restaurant Impossible, Hotel Impossible and the like - - piss me off because it seems as though by the second season they get more into the people and their issues than the bar/restaurant/hotel. I don't care about the owners' personal issues. I want to see the location and management transformed. I want to see how they update the interior. I want to see how the revitalize the food and drink menu. If I wanted personal growth, I'd watch Dr. Phil.
Posted Feb 25, 2013 @ 4:58 PM
Posted Feb 26, 2013 @ 12:03 AM
Given the troule most of these places are in before, the level of incompetence many of the owners have, and the limited time Taffer and crew have to change things, I'm surprised the failure rate isn't higher than it is post-show.
The pirate and headhunter shows were the worst example of this.
From my experience with people and business, and given some of the statements on the show and in post show interviews, I'm guessing the pirate lady owner has parents with deep pockets that keep their little darling afloat. No way any bank or other investor is touching her or that business with a 10 foot pole. Suddenly they had money to shut down for six weeks and re-pirate the place a week after the show?
Posted Feb 26, 2013 @ 6:08 AM
Posted Feb 26, 2013 @ 1:00 PM
If you go by the signage, it's actually "Anne X", with the "X" being particularly prominent. I didn't hear an explanation, but presume they're trying to imply an "adult" venue, as when they renamed a bar next to a strip club "Racks".
I actually liked the name "The Annex" (much better than Quill's or whatever it was called) and I loved the idea of naming the drinks after classic literature.
Posted Mar 3, 2013 @ 6:32 PM