Who doesn't love a good before-and-after?
It's the reason we tune into shows such as Gordon Ramsay's "Kitchen Nightmares," for a glimpse of potential restaurant disasters -- and how they clean up (or don't) after a visit from Ramsay.
The cocktail equivalent is "Bar Rescue" with Jon Taffer, a self-described nightlife expert who travels cross-country attempting to save beat-down bars circling the drain.
This weekend, it's Chicago's turn once again. (The Abbey Pub was the focus of July 31's episode.) And if you've ever been to Blue Frog 22, you'll know why.
Barely open a year, the River North outpost of the Loop's Blue Frog Bar & Grill was brought to Taffer's attention for an episode that airs Sunday at 9 p.m. on Spike TV. Utilizing his so-called "Taffer Dynamics," the bar expert was given one week to turn the place around.
We've never visited, so we don't know how bad the "before" was. (Do you?) But we're still curious about the "after."
Without giving away the show, we will say this: In addition to changing its name to The Local 22, one improvement Taffer made to the failing bar was the introduction of local beers to the taps. As for cocktails? The jury is still out.
Sometimes it's safest to order simple.
The next time you find yourselfat a pre-Taffered Blue Frog 22, or equivalent, do yourself a favor and stick to a highball, such as a gin and tonic. (They're pretty difficult to mess up.) And if you're tuning in Sunday to said episode of "Bar Rescue" (online or Comcast channel 34), raise your glass in hopes Taffer prevails.
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