the wicked child wrote:It's kinda like Kitchen Nightmares, but with bars and an angry American instead of an angry Brit. It also feels less staged than the latter American seasons of KN, so far anyway.
Basically, if you enjoy Taffer yelling at idiots, you'll enjoy the show. If you don't, you'll hate it. It's great comedic relief for me.
So I soaked in a couple of these while trying to fall asleep last night. After two episodes (The Tailgate and The Olive Pit) I've had a few impressions:
-The first half of the show is brilliant.
-I assume the second half of the show is paid for by Spike for the owners to put up with the tirades.
-The second half of the show is not so great. Completely renovating a bar and changing its name is Flipping, not Saving. A small but significant distincition, imo. Most idiots with an unlimited budget can improve the structure of a bar and put up better signage.
-They're a little ambitious with the menus they set people up with. A dive bar with ground lamb sliders? Again, I can't get behind the idea of saving the bar by changing it completely but the new places will definitely make money, for a while.
-Bringing in a crowd of folks that know bad service is coming to completely slam the bar for a dry run is wholly unfair, but fun TV. Maybe having worked in restaurants I can see how having a 1 person kitchen with 10 new orders in the window is entirely overwhelming for someone cooking a new menu for the first time.
-Families are awful co-workers, damn.
Like many guys, I have that back-of-the-brain desire to own a bar someday, so I'm fascinated by the whole thing. The bottom line is it's entertaining as hell and my DVR is catching all the reruns for me. Even if it's more show than reality.