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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Bar Rescue in Omaha Final Recap -- PART 1

With Bar Rescue hightailing it out of the Omaha area faster than a hobo grabbing for a ham sandwich, we decided to relive the greatest thing to ever happen to the readership of HitThatDive...and that is the three weeks that their buffoonish production crew spent in and around the Omaha-area.

I will say, in all sincerity, a very special to Jon Taffer for busting the readership of HTD through the ROOF...and just before we launch a new site and start selling ads!  SCORE!

As always, our special four-part recap of the events of Bar Rescue in Omaha are led by HTD Chief Investigative Correspondent "Guy Incognito".  But, just who is Guy Incognito, and why did he dog the production crew of Bar Rescue as heavily as he did?  Well, let's have him give it to you in his own words.  So Guy...by now...you know the drill.  The bar floor is yours...

How To Fool The Bar Rescue Crew Time and Time Again

"With the future of O'Face Bar hanging in the balance and Bar Rescue nowhere in sight, I guess it's time to sit down and digest what transpired over the past three weeks.

For anyone climbing out from under their rock, clean yourself up and come back here when you're done. Then read this for a quick summary of what has happened: O'Banion's Bar & Grill, Oasis Hookah Bar and O'Face Bar -- all local bars that are allegedly struggling to the point of requiring intervention and also happen to start with the letter "O" -- were visited by Jon Taffer and the rest of the folks from the popular SpikeTV show, Bar Rescue. You don't need to watch the show to put together the reason for the visit, as long as you read my last (very long) sentence correctly.

To be honest, it was complete coincidence that I happened to find out about this going on after I plugged "Bar Rescue Omaha" into Google three weeks ago out of morbid curiosity to see if anyone has ever talked about the show visiting Omaha, and lo and behold, I hit an EXCELLENT Facebook page called Hit That Dive that was discussing it back in June. But wait! There were recent posts that picked up momentum in October that it was happening soon! Then came the realization it was happening NOW!
Bar Rescue is Staged?

The problem is that I don't believe in destiny or fate, so I am left to simply believe that Jon Taffer must've directly beamed a psychic singing telegram through my TV and into my brain with him tap-dancing and bellowing the Nebraska fight song, while wearing a red sequined tuxedo with a top hat and balancing monkeys on his shoulders that are drinking expertly-mixed martini cocktails out of glassware made by the ThunderGroup while he cautiously dances through a maze of butt funnels. It is honestly my most sound theory as to how I came across this information with such perfect timing.

Okay, so full disclosure: I actually really like Bar Rescue as a television show. I enjoy watching it, I watch it every Sunday and I find it very entertaining. I appreciate a lot of the interesting points Jon Taffer makes in regards to how to run a business better, and the idea of "bar science" that he provides can be pretty insightful, whether it's real economics or total b.s. It is, however, reality television, which means that it's an altered reality.

Or at least it's the reality that the cameras allow you to see, often cutting out a lot of significant parts that might sway the viewers in the direction that the producers don't want us to go. They go to pain-staking efforts to establish this simple premise for the show: Taffer is God, and everyone else are idiots.

Bring me the heads of Guy Incognito and Scuba Steve!

So you're probably asking after reading my write-ups about these events: why all the hate?

I don't consider it hate so much as I do just watching their operation in action and laughing at the absurd reality the production of this show exists in. It wasn't until this experience that I realized I finally had answers to questions that I always had in the back of my mind, but was too afraid to ask, for fear it would ruin the magic. I think anyone reading this who watches the show regularly knows what I'm talking about.

If you don't want to know the answers to these questions, then you probably don't want to read my write-ups about my experiences with the show. Ignorance is truly bliss when it comes to finding out what the reality is behind reality shows. If there are times you thought the timing of something was too good to be true, it most likely was staged or edited to look that way.

So let's go back through Bar Rescue's three local targets."

Coming later today...full recap of O'Banion's/Sorties Tavern...

22 comments:

  1. Being apart of the show bar rescue and experiencing the whole show not just the he said she said social media bullshit people have no clue how much this has changed lives and how real it is sure its TV but its very real and Jon Taffer is for real and if he thinks your bar don't need saved or he can't save you then bar owners are wasting there time cuz he's not playing games his money is real and so is bar rescue if ur not a cast member or part of the production crew then you will never understand or know the truth so enjoy the show and thanks for the publicity cuz were laughing all the way to the bank

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    1. Laughing all the way to the bank...you and me both!

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    2. If anybody would like to read the English translation of the above comment, here it is:

      Being a part of the show Bar Rescue and experiencing the whole show, not just the 'he-said-she-said' social media bullshit, people have no clue how much this show has changed lives and how real it it. Sure it's TV, but its very real and John Taffer is for real! If he thinks your bar doesn't need saved, or he can't save you, then bar owners are wasting their time. He is not playing games - his money is real and so is Bar Rescue. If you're not a cast member or part of the production crew, then you will never understand or know the truth. So enjoy the show and thanks for the publicity because we're laughing all the way to the bank!

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    3. Thanks Mark! I was getting read to hire a 5th grade translator too...

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    4. Make that readY...missed the Y somehow.

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    5. And I don't doubt his rescues have worked and changed lives. I think it's awesome that your bar came out on top after his visit. Like I said, he has a lot of good points and must know the business well if the show keeps moving forward. But for every success story, there is a tale of woe.

      Check out a site called Bar Rescue Updates. Not all succeed. Either they close their doors or business goes back to the way it was. It all depends on whether or not the bar owner capitalizes on those changes and is more business smart as a result. Obviously you came out on top, and I congratulate you.

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  2. the whole thing is a staged mess. it's embarrassing. i wasted 15 minutes of my life being a part of this blight on american culture. it's amazing how far we've plummeted in what we value as entertainment.

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    1. I've never even seen more than 10 minutes of this show...that's the most ironic part!

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  3. I'm still wondering what happened to the "Irish Bar in West O".

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    1. The very strong rumor I had was Clancy's on 114th Street. Not sure why that never happened.

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  4. I am a advid watcher of the show. I saw alot of staged "drama" at the Sorties opening. It was a little disappointing to see how staged it was. The girls were busting thier asses and getting yelled at for know reason. What do you think is going to happen to any bar when you open the door and like 60 people in.. Its going to get slammed, its just the way it is. When the bar finally caught up they had to create drama. They are only airing one out of these three shows so the more drama the better for them.

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    1. That seems like a lot of money and effort to walk out of here with only one episode. But, maybe that's why I'm not in TV production.

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    2. That's interesting information regarding them only using one of the three episodes. Where did you hear that? I can't imagine they'd axe one of the Sorties or Taza episodes after pouring all that time and money into them.

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  5. After seeing first hand how scripted and how set up everything is I can never again watch this show and think he is doing any one any good. This show is about one thing and one thing only, its not about saving bars or even helping bars, its about fueling and enlarging Taffer's giant ego and making him look smarter than what he actually is. Not one single thing about this show is real and all they care about is there ratings, not the people they are supposedly there to help. It's a shame they actually green lighted more episodes. This show and John Taffer should be shut down.

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    1. Bingo! My thoughts exactly as well!!

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    2. Jon taffer is a fake and he doesnt know shit. if you call being scripted and told what to say and do reality then all the people that watch this show are in denial. they make you do shit and then turn around and make you look like an idiot for doing it. I'm proud of one said bar for telling them to get the fuck out with all their fake bullshit.

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    3. Hopefully bar owners in other cities see all of the articles and comments we have been able to put together this month.

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    4. Me too. From what I've seen to go through all of that and get a cheap ass remodel that only looks good for tv and do all of it without permits, it can not be worth it to anyone.

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  6. "tap-dancing and bellowing the Nebraska fight song, while wearing a red sequined tuxedo with a top hat and balancing monkeys on his shoulders that are drinking expertly-mixed martini cocktails out of glassware made by the ThunderGroup while he cautiously dances through a maze of butt funnels." Best description of a Nebraska fan. Ever.

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    1. Wonder if that will all fit on the back of a t-shirt?

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  7. Fucking trolls clearly the answers I expected dude you run a sorry ass website dedicated to gossiping about bars you call dives ya your a class act and we are laughing all the way to the bank and you are not and I think the slandering of my bar and attacking the character of my employees would interest my lawyers ...your not telling the truth at all your a troll what kind of person runs a site like this its pathetic and hilarious clearly you have a small man complex you actually attacked my grammer and punctuation lol what a douche bag

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