On tonight’s episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and crew are in Chicago, Illinois to rescue Casual Tap. Casual Tap is owned by Steve Magana, who is a full-time firefighter in Chicago, Illinois. The bar has been closed for three months, but he is hoping Bar Rescue can turn things around. Steve’s daughter also has a 50% chance of having Huntington’s disease, which causes progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain.
Is Casual Tap still open?
No, it’s “Close”
- Episode Title: “Casually Tapped Out”
- Episode No.: Season5 Episode 22 (Season 5 3rd Set Episode 1)
- Episode Air Date: July 2, 2017
- Episode Was Filmed: September 2016.
- The Bar’s Original Name Was: Casual Tap
- The Bar’s New Name: Casual Tap
- Casual Tap Address: 5924 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60634, United States
If you’re reading this, then I succeeded! Keep reading see what happens to Casual Tap.
Casual Tap is owned by Steve Magna, who bought the 60-year-old bar in 2006. He is in debt of over $700,000. The bar has been closed for three months, but will reopen for Jon to rescue it. The next day, Steve gathers his staff and they open and clean up the bar to prepare for Jon and his team.
While cleaning, there is a little friction between Zee and Louie. Jon comes in and tells them they will have a stress test in minutes, as they want to see the staff in action. Jon introduces Rob, as he will be in the bar with Jon for the recon. It is a stress test and the fact they cannot take credit cards is disrupting their work.
People asking for beers are disappointed there’s no beer on tap. The bartenders are overwhelmed by the number of orders. Louie makes several mistakes, making multiple drinks and they have to be tossed, but he still makes the drink horribly. With all that has happened, they have to shut the bar down.
Jon runs both Louie and Zee through a management training programme to see who comes out tops. Zee is first. She refills some glasses, cleans a table for new guests, sorts a bug in a drink issue and identified and solved all issues. Jon then takes Steve aside to talk to him one-on-one about picking a staff for management. The bar is renovated over a day and the staff are gathered late evening to the unveiling of their new bar.
The bar has been remodelled to reflect its age and history. There is a signature cocktail that proceeds would go to the Huntington’s disease society, which Jon also makes a private donation to. There are two stations with Future POS systems, a four-tap keg and a lifetime subscription to TVT for trainings and Partender for inventory. In preparing to open the bar for the relaunch, Louis cut his finger.
On relaunch, customers are let in and they are excited, loving the recent additions of the cocktails. Steve finds Louie in an ambulance getting treatment for his cut finger and he is taken to the hospital. Jon meets him outside and lets him know everything works well without Louie. Steve’s family comes to the bar, and he shows them around happily.
Recent Customer Reviews after the Bar Rescue Episode:
Casual Tap Google Review
- “A nice , clean neighborhood bar. They unfortunately do not have beer on tap – but I don’t mind.. really friendly owner and bartenders. The long island iced teas by Natasha are excellent when on special. They have some craft beers by the bottle.. just a nice place to chill.. nothing fancy.”
- “Great food and very knowledgeable staff, two thumbs up.”
- not such negative comments yet!
Google Ratings 4.3/5
Casual Tap Yelp Review
- “Cheap drinks, free pool, a great jukebox and friendly staff and customers. The only reason I didn’t give it a five is because I found this place while looking for something to eat, and they don’t serve food.”
- “Great location for renting the room on their 2nd Floor for Gatherings, or in my case Network Meetings. Management is very flexible and easy to work with, no hidden charges of any kind. The management team is straight forward.”
- not such negative comments yet!
Yelp Ratings 4/5
My Review on Casual Tap 🤔
The Casual Tap has absolutely everything I was looking for- free pool, an excellent juke box, Maker’s Mark, cheap drinks, cold beer, friendly regulars and a bartender with some personality. Within minutes of walking in my friend and I felt like regulars.
What Happened Next at Casual Tap
- Jon Taffer kept the name Casual Tap.
- They plan on reopening the bar in early 2017. But it did not reopen.
- Casual Tap is closed after failing to reopen.
- Steve continued to raise money and awareness of Huntingdons disease.
Casual Tap was closed before Bar Rescue visited, and it remains closed even after the makeover. The bar quickly closed after the Bar Rescue taping and Steve supposedly wanted it ready to reopen by the time the episode aired. If Casual Tap reopens, Steve said he will use the layout of the bar pre-Bar Rescue.