Tonight on Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer and the crew are headed to Chicago. They’re in search of a struggling bar called The Dugout that’s infested with fruit flies but has potential for success as it sits close Wrigley Field where most baseball games take place during warm seasons (Cubs). It seems this dive bar is losing $30-40K each off season thanks mainly due their lack luster ownership who have refused any help from outsiders despite pleas by patrons over.
Is The Dugout still open?
Yes, it’s “Open”
- Episode Title: “Struck Out at the Dugout”
- Episode No.: Season5 Episode 16 (Season 5 2nd Set Episode 3)
- Episode Air Date: March 5, 2017
- Episode Was Filmed: September 2016.
- The Bar’s Original Name Was: The Dugout
- The Bar’s New Name: Press Box
- The Dugout Address: 950 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613, United States
If you’re reading this, then I succeeded! Keep reading see what happens to The Dugout.
The Dugout is owned by Ed Cressy, who was a landlord to the Dugout, but the owners defaulted in rent and could not pay. The bar follows the seasons of the stadium close by, and the staff and customers leave once it is over. Jon recons the bar with expert mixologist Phil Wills and expert chef Ryan Scott. Ed is unapologetic and flips off Jon as he leaves. The kitchen is shut down and Ryan is asked to throw out all the food stored there.
The next day, Jon has a meeting with staff, and the flies are still present. He decides that he will have his experts in to train them and the stress test will determine whether he stays or leaves. Ed and the bar staff have never been trained in how to serve food and drink at a football stadium. Ryan trains them on, making a Chicago style hotdog, something quick and easy. For the stress test, Ed is tasked in greeting the guests as they come in with a smile.
Emily once again tells of her fears of Ed throwing out any new thing they gain from the rescue. The bar is renovated quickly, and Jon reveals the new bar to the staff only as Ed was not invited. Ed shows up to the unveiling of the bar and he is drunk. Jon says he cannot endorse him and leaves while the staff all quit on Ed. Ed invites customers in for free drinks but the relaunch is not happening. Ed cusses Jon out and is ungrateful for the remodel. He continues to drink from the new bar.
Recent Customer Reviews after the Bar Rescue Episode:
The Dugout Google Review
- “Dugout is always our go to for pre game drinks. They are a little on the pricy side but still cheaper than in the stadium. They have an awesome roof top bar and a floor down is an outside area called the club house. All staff we have encountered are fun and great.”
- “Love this rooftop. The view of the Skyline was just beautiful. went there around 5-6pm it was just perfect. The bartender was very nice. If u are roaming around wrigleyville u have to come pay this bar a visit.”
- “It was not busy, waited over an for our food. Not worth a visit.👎”
- “The Owner Ed Cressy is a drunk and delusional piece of garbage! No respect to the business and for his staff. Don’t waste your time here!”
Google Ratings 3.7/5
The Dugout Yelp Review
- “This bar has an awesome view on the rooftop but that music oh my gosh it’s terrible!!! They need to play better music. It’s so bad and that is a big part of the experience! They need to play music that everyone likes.”
- “The dugout is an amazing bar and very nice and awesome employees! The owner is a great guy and has a great sense of humor! A great environment and nothing but good times and great drinks 🙂 can’t wait for the Halloween party!! Better book in advance Highly recommend”
- “The service at this bar was less than acceptable. Waited 40 minutes for a drink. I will not be going back here.”
- “Watched this Bar on Bar Rescue. John Taffer should have saved his money. Stopped by to see if the owner actually kept anything that would have made this place pretty legit. Nope. Drunk owner is still there drinking behind the bar. Still serving “hot pussy” I walked in and walked out. What a shame! Also they allow people to smoke directly outside the entrance. Lame.”
Yelp Ratings 3/5
My Review on The Dugout 🤔
The owner was super friendly and courteous. Great bartender. Fantastic location. Fairly priced drinks. Amazing bar!
What Happened Next at The Dugout
- Jon Taffer decided to change the name of The Dugout to Press Box.
- Six weeks later sales are unconfirmed.
- The other two bartenders went back to the Press Box, while Emily continued her career of entertaining in another bar.
- The Pussy shot is back.
- They did not keep the new name for the bar and reverted to The Dugout.
- In July 2020, a video appeared online alledging that they were breaking state and city reopening guidelines.
- Reviews are mixed with both praise and complaints about bartenders and the drinks.
News & Update on The Dugout
- The Bar Rescue makeover happened in September 2016.
- Here is the Press Box Facebook Page which doesn’t post too often and hasn’t posted for months.
- The Dugout and Press Box are currently closed for renovations, but Ed hopes to have them both open on March 9th.
- The Dugout is Open.
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The part of the bar made over by Bar Rescue changed the name back to The Dugout. The owner Ed doesn’t seem too pleased with the makeover or with Jon Taffer. The reviews of Press Box since Bar Rescue are mostly positive, but they are all from Facebook which tend to be all positive.