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Bungalow Bar Bar Rescue

In this Bar Rescue episode, Jon Taffer visits Bungalow Bar in Far Rockaway, New York.

Bungalow Bar has been open for over 30 years, firstly the bar was ran by Dan Tubridy.

Later, the bar was taken over by his sons Dee and Terence in 2008.

To run the bar, they brought in their brothers Sean, Martin and childhood friend Ryan to be co-owners and bartenders.

With so many owners and people wanting their say in how the bar is run they argue a lot.

The bar’s beach atmosphere made it a success and in a good week could see $100,000 but the business was devastated by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.

They have spent over $250,000 in repairs and $60,000 in rent and utilities in the last 6 months and have lost more than $350,000 in revenue.

The bar was forced to remain closed for a number of months due to the damage caused by the hurricane.

They need to open before Memorial Day if they wish to stay in business.

Jon arrives at the restaurant with a construction expert Sal Ferro and they survey the neighbourhood.

The look at how much needs to be done to rebuild in the area after the devastation caused by the Hurricane.

Jon and Sal watch footage of the owners arguing in the construction site then go on to meet them.

The renovations needed are extensive, they have no dock, their walk-in fridge is gone and their draft beer systems are destroyed.

The kitchen was also severely damaged and none of the equipment in there is usable.

The equipment was underwater for several days and began to rot and rust so must be replaced.

They recovered some of their cups and Jon mentioned the need of signature cups for boosting sales.

They explain their argument that was caught on footage was about a bar door.

Jon sorts it out by saying a bar door was useless and is irrelevant and not worth fighting about.

They spend the first night in the bar removing damaged equipment and deep cleaning the kitchen.

Jon meets with the owners the next day for their input on his plans to redecorate the bar.

The owners disagree and it is hard to get one answer from them but they compromise on a theme and a new colour scheme.

The staff who were left jobless after the bar closed are brought back in to learn under Chef Nick Liberato and Mixologists Elayne Duff and Peter O’Connor.

They undergo training before a planned stress test in an external venue in Manhattan called Ponte’s.

For the stress test the brothers are given different responsibilities in the bar.

Dee and Terrence are in the kitchen, Sean and Katy the General Manager are managing the floor, Ryan, Bubba and Chris are behind the bar and Martin is expediting.

They are serving items off their menu and their serving time is going above 13 mins and Ryan is slow at making drinks.

Customers are waiting for more than 15mins for drinks.

Some food has had to be re-prepared.

They try a swap of Martin and Ryan to bring down the service time from 45 mins.

The stress test was not a complete success as expected because most staff were rusty and out of practice.

They are committed to getting it right with more training, which continues the next day.

The next morning three new cocktails are introduces and a new menu is introduced alongside their new improved fish tacos.

The work on reconstructing the bar was delayed as there was heavy rainfall for over 20 hours and they missed their deadline for the finish.

Jon steps in to help with the reconstruction work.

The new bar is revealed the next day with a small rename to the Bungalow Bar and Restaurant to highlight that they also offer food.

The nautical theme has been carried out throughout the bar, the deck has been revamped and the ramp restored.

A touching mural was painted in dedication to the way the people pull together in times of a natural disaster.

Everything in the restaurant was new including new kitchen equipment, new lighting and a POS system.

Jon introduces the owners of a previous Bar Rescue, Brad and Steve from Spirits on Bourbon and they develop a new light up cup like developed in their episode.

They also make a £5000 donation to help out the bar.

Jon's team installed many new features to the bar including a new jukebox and he fitted the kitchen out with new equipment.

On relaunch night, the bar is packed with customers. They are busier than they have been in a long time and the staff do brilliantly.

The new designed cups are a huge hit with the patrons and they are happy with the new bar food. Jon is happy with the transformation and is sure they will succeed.


What Happened Next at Bungalow Bar?

A month later, the bar reported that sales were up 20%.

Bungalow Bar is open and reviews are excellent.

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This post was last updated in January 2021.

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