Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Behind the Scenes with Bar Rescue in Council Bluffs -- OFace Bar


Guy Incognito was hard to spot last night.
If you still have even the slightest notion that "reality" television is real, please stop reading now.  However, if that's the case I assume that still you believe in the tooth fairy, that www.healthcare.gov is functioning properly and that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is a sexy, sexy man.  

Covering the phony-baloney exploits of Bar Rescue is becoming as tiring and boring as the show itself.  HOWEVER, as long as they are in the area we will cover their every move because it has been a HUGE boost in readers to this here blog!  Hey Taffer, where can I send you a fruit basket? Your crews bumbling ways have done more for HitThatDive than a hoard of brawling drunk monkeys could have ever done!

As always, I will hand it off to the incomparable Guy Incognito for his always fantastically entertaining play-by-play of the evening's ringside events.  Guy, the greasy Barbie stripper pole is all yours Kemosabe...

"I was coming down off my Moroccan high from last week at the Taza Nightclub, only to reinsert myself into madness tonight at the O'Face Bar. I arrived with full confidence that tonight was the stress test, but I was so wrong.
 
There really wasn't a lot of action when I arrived. Just a couple cameras, security people and a waiver table. Business as usual at the O'Face, I guess.

Upon entering the bar, it was surprising that there was only one camera closer to the back of the bar, and that was it. It was also strange that I was wandering into a stress test where people were sitting right away and there was hardly a crowd. Taffer was also completely absent. Hmm...


I actually enjoyed the atmosphere, as I can appreciate the charms of a good dive bar. A mason jar full of beer is actually not a bad deal for $3.50. Plus, y'know... you're drinking out of a mason jar.


Something felt really odd about the whole thing, though. The service was good and the people were friendly, and it wasn't long until there were actually no cameras anymore. I couldn't quite wrap my head around it. Did they already film for the day??? This didn't seem like a Taffer-approved bar at the moment.


I was still stuck on the notion that tonight was the stress test, but there was nothing stressful about it, and there were no Bar Rescue celebrities to guide/yell at the O'Face staff. There were quite a few people there, and it was clear that most of them were not regulars, but they weren't overwhelming the bar in the least. I was wondering if perhaps there was a "surprise" stress test where a whole bus of people were going to unload and grind the operation to a halt. But after awhile, I felt like I had been duped and was really confused as to what happened.

O-dear Face!

Despite my reservations, though, they had the telltale signs that they were filming at that location, and still perhaps going to film there: the houselights were up and the music was off. But my faith was dwindling, and I was ready to bid my fair Council Bluffs friends adieu and be on my way. And that's when things got weird.

First off, the owner would not stop ringing some god forsaken bell at the end of the bar, like Tio Salamanca in Breaking Bad. Apparently that was her signal that she wanted a drink, so it would only make sense that all patrons would have to wait for her to wet her muzzle before the rest of us could order our drinks. It is also apparently impossible for her to walk behind the bar and pour her own.


This ringing seemed to be escalating and people seemed to be getting louder. All of the sudden the owner was on the loud speaker insulting the size of the manager's manhood and then taunting him into taking a shot straight from the Jagermeister machine. Wha-??? People were cheering and hooting and hollering. Seriously, is this business as usual? Because I wouldn't know!


Then the house music came on and I noticed the camera was back in the building. Girls were dancing seductively to the music, with one girl getting up ON the bar and dancing like a stripper -- if only her mother had sprung for ballet lessons like the rest of her friends!


Through all of this, the regulars could be overheard complaining about how awful the bar had become with the poor management. People started getting restless and arguing and getting progressively louder.


Then apparently a fight broke out between one of the bartenders (a female) and some other woman. They went outside to settle things the street-smart way, but woe was them when Jon Taffer showed up out of nowhere to get in their faces and scream at them. Then the owner was called outside to get Taffer'd herself. It was fun to watch how far his eyes could bulge as he got right in her face and screamed at her for what seemed like several minutes.


At this time, we were all held in the bar and told we couldn't leave the building. This was getting ridiculous.




From what I understand, the owner was forced to fire the battle-prone bartender. The sequence of everything is a blur, but I know the owner came back in and was in a shouting match with the manager, and they were now magically wearing microphones. They may have been wearing them all night, but I finally just noticed them at this point. The argument seemed contrived, and they bickered back and forth at each other.

Then the cops showed up (in like 6 cop cars) to remove the emotional trainwreck of a bartender because she wouldn't leave the premises. The cameras mostly stayed on her and the altercation. After all that drama, Taffer had disappeared. I assume somewhere in his shouting match with the owner, he probably said something about how he was disgusted with her and wouldn't come back until tomorrow to resume his work.


So, to recap, I was having a pleasant night at the O'Face before having my senses assaulted by complete drama. It seemed like more than a coincidence that O'Face was happily going about its divey ways before suddenly hitting a mega snafu that would spiral out of control like a Shakespearian tragedy where everyone loses. But hey, at least the cameras happened to be there at the exact right time to capture all of that!


It was fun to be there for recon night, but I wish Taffer would've made it into the building so I could've heard what else he had to say. So I suppose that puts the stress test on pace for Wednesday night and the grand reopening on Saturday night.


My attendance for either is questionable, but don't completely count me out."

53 comments:

  1. Let me know... I will join you. Do you have the times for both nights?

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    1. Not as of yet...but I am working on that!

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    2. Their times revolve around their shooting schedule, which is perpetually behind. For the stress test at Oasis, I think they originally asked for people to be there around 6, when really it didn't open until about 8. My advice for tonight would be to show up sometime between 7 and 7:30 (or maybe even before, just so you can get a handle on the situation).

      The grand reopening is a different beast altogether, as they have a lot of shooting activity that day, and they want to frame everything perfectly. Oasis/Taza didn't start admitting people for the reopening until around midnight. The reopenings are a nightmare to plan around, because they constantly delay it and don't communicate how much longer there is to wait or what they're even doing. Approach those with extreme caution.

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    3. Who will be there for sure tonight?

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  2. Stress test is tonight at 730

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  3. I can't believe they picked OFace
    Just my opinion

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  4. If you call how we were dancing "seductively," then I'm curious what word you use for girls at The Max and Capitol. Great use of an adjective... not.

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    1. I'm open to a different word...suggestions?

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    2. Comically. I think that works a bit better, even though it's technically an adverb.

      tiny, stripper girl? now that's another story. your adjective works wonders with her behavior.

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    3. Comically. So, more like a mime fighting against the wind...or more of a drunken hoedown sort of thing?

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  5. Do you have a better adjective?

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    1. Yeah, just wondering what she would rather be compared to. Maybe I don't appreciate the art of dance like I should.

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  6. Does anyone know what happened with filming and everything at Oface?

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  7. The bar Is a joke. Watching some of these clowns running their business like a rodeo show can be entertaining. I honestly hope that place gets shut down.

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    1. That place should be shut down! It is run by lazy, disgusting white trash!

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    2. How do you know? When was the last time you were there...just curious? If you're basing your opinion only from a "reality" TV show on Spike TV...please reevaluate your life.

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    3. Even through the selective editing of TV, some things you just can't hide, like what absolute pigs the mother and daughter are . Nasty selfish, self absorbed b-tches. And the sack-less step dad, no wonder pig-wife carries his balls in her purse.

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  8. Great representation of inbred trailer trash....of our armed forces....ladies being ladies (snicker)...hard working employees (lmfao)...and the mentality of the people showed the security guard as the sainest! Ol' homie wearing her hat backwards...the manager is what...16? These people are a joke...showed millons of what an ass the owners are...especially the bell ringing skank.

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    1. The bell ringing was requested by Bar Rescue. Yet everyone seems to think staged "reality" TV is real. LOL

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  9. Renee, my sentiments exactly ! We have thousands of bars throughout the good old USA that sincerely want, and need help. The bell-ringer, really?( I could say that fat, lazy thing with her washed out hair extensions, and 10lbs of makeup needs a GYM, not a bar) so I will say if she wants the bar to be profitable, stay out of it. Her husband Mr. Military, should be ashamed of himself. I DO NOT want a bozo like that representing MY country. I smell bankruptcy, divorce, and AA in their near future, oh and that's right after a few lawsuits.

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  10. I am fascinated by this collection of inbred drunken unwashed white trash morons gathered in one place!

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    1. Made for good television. Bar Rescue staged all of it...but good for ratings.

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  11. Whether Bar Rescue is phony or not, this place O Face is the last place on earth I would ever go. Disgusting people. I hope it gets shut down.

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    1. It won't get shut down. The regulars seem to like being there. To each his own.

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  12. Guy Incognito? REALLY? Guy Irresponsible or Guy I can state my opinoin and list it as FACT. SPIKE TV and Bar Rescue have credibility. Way more credibility than Guy I don't want you to know who I am could EVER have. I'd say that despite your audience of 10, Jon Taffer's career is safe for at least another season.

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    1. Audience of 10? Hmmmm...48,842 unique visitors THIS MONTH might disagree with you there LarK.

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    2. WAIT...make that 56,040 unique views this month. Damn I wish my little old blog had a bigger audience.

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    3. John has been renewed for another season

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  13. Having been "Featured" in a Reality series myself, I fully appreciate that The O'Face was set up... and the give-away is that it was wholly one-sided and OTT. Interviews were probably conducted for hours with staff and tensions were systematically flamed by producers.. that is the producers' job-- to flame the story so it catches every thing on fire. The bell ringing was probably suggested as, "Why don't you ring a bell every time you want a drink, so the viewers at home has an idea how long it takes for bar staff to bring you a drink..." yeah, they are good at what they do.

    The directors and producers with whom I worked during the Reality show I was on had won Emmys for shows on HBO and had other successful shows on the topic of my profession on Showtime and the show I was featured in aired on The Sundance Channel -- Sundance. Right, of course this was a credible project... NOT! It was show business. They were not interested in the truth only manipulating truthful people in distress into saying key lines or doing key actions on cue based on contrived scenerios that wouldn't normally take place in "reality" -- because reality is actually more interesting and rich in detail, it's hard to sell prescription pills during the two minutes and two seconds advertisers get when your audience is getting something new out of their programming. Keep giving them slop, and you can sell them what they need.

    I'm not endorsing what we all saw on O Face episode, just as I would not endorse what viewers saw of my story on my reality show -- it makes me cringe to think I trusted these A_wipes with what I was most passionate about. Taught me a lot of lessons and I have never been the same person since.

    TV is tv. The networks are pitched a concept and screen real people who can fit into preconceived story arcs. Bar Rescue needed an episode like the one we just saw because Hotel impossible is kicking their ass.

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    1. Thank you for this GREAT comment! This has been my argument all along!

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    2. but you cant deny the dirt and mess that was seen. you cant deny the fights that happened. or the mess all together?? ya maybe the truth can be twisted...but the mess??? it was gross. and i been in there...and its still a mess

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    3. I've been in WAY worse in this town.

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    4. If there is worse, in this town than ALL the crapholes & maybe the rown shoud be abandoned

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  14. Whoever wrote this article must have no life either as they seem to have far to much time to write about all the things that actually happen in the show itself. The writer must not have any forms of a social life. Writer,your article is almost as useless as the show is itself and just about as much talent in it as well.

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  15. lol...as far as the comments about manager or whoever needing to go to the GYM....is just totally ridiculous... anybodys weight or how they look shouldnt have anything at all to do with how a bar is run. I feel totally embarrassed by the way that counciltucky is the only place EVER who has been turned down to be rescued. Im honestly embarrassed to say that i live here even though Ive only lived here for a year!! When people ask me where i live I always say OMAHA NE!!! Only because this is the way people conduct themselves! And I dont want to say EVERYWHERE here because I am an assistant manager at CLEAN businesses around here!

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  16. By the city of Council Bluffs, yes. Final approval goes to Des Moines where it well be approved without issue.

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    1. Why? Are you influential with Commission. Do you personally want Oface to be renewed? Why do you care about this shithole? Cause you like dives, write a blog or just a bullshitter

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    2. Federal lobbyist. Dive bar enthusiast. Not a fan of bullshit. But thanks for asking.

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  17. It pisses me off more than anything that he used his military service to justify being a pathetic excuse of a man. It's people like this that give us a bad name. Outside of my opinion of that pussy after reading reviews of people that go there on their normal nights, on purpose or passing through, the show (of course) was staged but not to far off drunk owners and people fighting seems to be the norm.

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  18. Boy everything was so staged but they where denied a Liquor License for

    exactly the same things that where shows and mentioned in the show :) Is it

    funny to anyone else here that defends this train wreck of a bar that he in

    fact walked away and these people just agreed to allow their reputation to be

    kicked in the O-Face with a fake violence accusation? Seems the owners have

    had allot of time to do some blogging after Taffer walked out to try and make

    a better reputation for them selves even though it seems more to me that

    people around town have already warned everyone not to waste their time LOL

    JS.

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  19. http://www.omaha.com/go/bluffs-council-backs-denial-of-liquor-license-renewal-for-watering/article_6dc13898-2a4f-5864-b31c-4c75f95e9c12.html

    So if this is just relying on reality TV then I'll go myself to get poisoned and beat up at the O-Face :)

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    1. And...they had their license approved by the state.

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  20. Well, Taffer ruined the two other bars in town that he "rescued". Looks like he did OFace a favor...they never had a drop off in business like Jesse did at Taza until he went back to running the business HIS way.

    And Sorties now might be the saddest, and most empty, bar on the planet thanks to Taffer's advice. And, they still don't serve food like the show faked.

    OFace will have their license renewed by the state next month...that's already a done deal.

    Why do you cheer for American business to get shut down by government in the first place? That's a pretty damn liberal take on free enterprise...

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