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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.
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.
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
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