Saturday, November 9, 2013

Behind the Scenes with Bar Rescue in Bellevue -- SORTIES TAVERN

2871 Capehart Road
Wait...what's the name?
Bellevue, NE 68123
402 293 9760

Ever wonder what it's like waiting to watch the reveal from the "reality" show Bar Rescue in person? Well, thanks to one of the fantastic contributors to the HitThatDive "Barstool Telegraph" we can finally give you what really goes on at one of these horribly disorganized, completely staged and genuinely fan unfriendly events.

Oh, and keep in mind that Bar Rescue will be recording two more episodes while they are here in our town, but never fear, we already know the two locations and have been working with our inside sources to bring you all the stuff Bar Rescue doesn't want you to know.  Let's just call this the TMZ HItThatDive edition...enjoy!

"Unfortunately, 10:30 rolled around and they were still selecting the first batch of people to go inside. They neglected to tell everyone waiting in line that they always let friends, family, vendors, friends and family OF the vendors, sponsors, family pets, etc, into the bar in the first wave before everyone else. I suspect they also purposely plucked a few pretty faces out of the line to round out the first crowd.

And even though they were beginning to queue up all these VIPs at 10:30, they still had the task ahead of them of orchestrating the shot of the owners coming out and welcoming the crowd to let them in.

Taffer Makes his Entrance...Oooohhhhh
The Bar Rescue security staff was horribly unorganized and completely unable to offer any answers as to what their process was and how long we might be waiting and whether or not we were wasting our time sticking around. Seeing as how we were close to the front of the line/pack, we were extremely bummed to get bumped like that.

We started walking away and one of the Bar Rescue staff members was at least able to offer an explanation that they had to rotate customers in after the friends, family, etc. He said the best course of action would be to leave for about an hour and come back when enough time had passed for the line to die down, suggesting we go to Buffalo Wild Wings because it's "awesome" (he was being dead serious, which is funny for someone who works for Bar Rescue).



We came back at 11:30 and it appeared that the first wave was finally inside the building, and the BR staff was lining up what was left of the original line outside the building after giving them bracelets and having them sign the waiver. They were still in the process of getting the line through this whole ritual, and now that we were in the back, we estimated we probably wouldn't get in until about 1 or 1:30 (or maybe not at all).

Even after getting a bracelet and signing a waiver, we'd have to wait behind about 60 people who are going in about 2 or 3 at a time whenever a few people would exit every 10 minutes. Like I said, if people decided to stick around inside the bar all night (which is likely, given the fun and unique situation), then that would make admission pretty much impossible. None out, none in.

I was very surprised that after about 50+ taped episodes, the BR staff would not have mastered the science of creating an orderly line and easy way of processing customers while communicating how everything was going to happen so people would know how long they'd be waiting and such.


Oh yeah...THAT'S the Name!
 The whole experience left a bad taste in my mouth. I don't regret it, however, because it was kinda funny to watch "TV magic" as they did multiple takes of Taffer's reveal of the storefront to the Sorties Tavern staff. How many times can they possibly make such a dramatic moment seem... dramatic? I did overhear parts of Taffer's speech to them as he reviewed the happenings of the week, and it sounded like there were definitely some theatrical moments that will undoubtedly be tuned up in the editing room for maximum effect.

The security staff also made my sister's boyfriend delete a blurry picture he snapped of Taffer on his camera phone. Geez, how damaging could that be?

I was also in line behind some friends of the owner who said the owner wasn't hurting for money at all, and all he wanted was the makeover to get new stuff in his bar and the publicity. I also happened to talk to the owner's daughter at the nearby pizzeria while waiting in line for the bathroom, and she said it was a "stressful" week for her dad. She then explained that owning the bar is just a hobby of his, and he has a real job outside of it. She even told me he was out of town for a day or two this week, so he wasn't even around the whole time for filming.

Oh well, it was an interesting experience, and I wonder how long it will be until they change the bar name back. I don't know who's more foolish in this whole thing -- Bar Rescue or the bar owner.

It'll be interesting to see the finished product when it airs.

Just thought you'd be interested to hear a little bit about what went down. If I go to another one of these things, I'm not going to show up early and stand in line, I know that much. If that's the size of crowd they got for a Bellevue bar, I shudder to think how hectic it will be if they do one within the Omaha metro area!"



A Good TIme Was Had by All

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    1. Bar Rescue is killing the good neighborhood dives. This show is such a crock of shit. They rescued a bar near my house called the O.P. Completely killed the dive vibe, over priced and empty on the regular.

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    2. I think it would benefit them greatly if they'd just stick to bars where the owner truly is failing and needs a reboot, not just a place where the owner is bored and too lazy to fix his own stuff. The episode where Bar Rescue helped restore the bar on the NJ coast that was destroyed by the hurricane was one of the better episodes I've seen, because they truly needed a rescue!

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  2. We should start a show where we take upscale places and turn THEM into dives!

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    1. How great would that be...lol. I'm In!

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    2. That's awesome... Do it!

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  3. Touche count me in...I'll even help!

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  4. Let's ruin every Ultra Lounge/Martini Bar in the country!

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  5. Glad we didn't wait around, sounds like a big cluster. BTW, Sortie's has been closed since the Friday reveal. Seems weird to me, I wonder when they will open again.

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    1. I overheard someone say that they wouldn't be open Saturday for sure. I don't know if it's from being overworked over the week or if there is some sort of post-production nonsense that they need to do, but I wouldn't be surprised if they're open again tonight or tomorrow.

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    2. Hopefully they got rid of the owner/manager Jerry. Such a jerk. He doesn't even know a regulars name after coming in there for three years, except his friends. Won't be long and it will be back to the same place.

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  6. We were on the the beer bus that pulled up we were invited by management to come there and when we did bar rescue staff said we own this bar take your bus elsewhere we drove 19 miles to come there for that.

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    1. Sounds like Bar Rescue was making friends all over town...NOT!

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