This week on Bar Rescue Jon Taffer and the crew are in St. Louis, Missouri to rescue O’Kelley’s at the Ballpark. During the makeover, O’Kelleys was renamed Pastimes on 4th.
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According to Bar Rescue, this week’s episode features St. Louis restaurant owner Andrea Ervin, who expands her business to a downtown sports bar and risks losing everything as her out-of-control nephew and unqualified manager run the bar and her livelihood into the ground.
There’s an interesting backstory here too. Lance Ervin, Andrea’s husband, actually opened O’Kelley’s at the Ballpark back in 2012. Lance Ervin just happens to be the person behind Mama Campisi’s, which is also widely known in the Saint Louis area as Mama’s on the Hill. Mama Campisi’s was featured on an episode of Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible back in 2013.
Here’s a look at Andrea and Lance Ervin with Robert Irvine during the filming of Restaurant Impossible back in 2013. Mama Campisi’s AKA Mama’s on the Hill was the family’s first business to receive a makeover.
Here’s Andrea Ervin with Bar Rescue’s Jon Taffer during the filming of an episode of Bar Rescue back in November.
So it appears the family behind Pastimes on 4th have been very fortunate in having two businesses featured on high-profile Cable TV makeover shows. Meanwhile, struggling bar and restaurant owners nationwide would beg, steal or borrow, for the opportunity to be chosen for a makeover just once.
We checked out documents available from the state of Missouri, and O’Kelley’s at the Ballpark is still a legally registered business, with Lance Ervin listed as president and Andrea listed as secretary. On January 26, 2016 Lance Ervin officially registered the fictitious business name Pastimes on South 4th with the state of Missouri. A fictitious business name is simply a name for doing business and isn’t the officially registered business name. According to the document, Lance Ervin is as the sole owner of the business.
Interestingly enough, the O’Kelley’s at the Ballpark website is still up and running. Meanwhile, the Pastimes on 4th website is powered by a Eat24, a Yelp owned property. They also have a new Facebook page available. And in what appears to be a somewhat confusing decision, the owner still has the original O’Kelleys Facebook page available, but rebranded as Pastimes on 4th.
The episode, titled Land of the Beer and Home of the Misbehaved was filmed back in November, 2015.
Here’s a look at some social media action during and around the big relaunch back in November.
— Stacy Laake (@StacyLaake) November 13, 2015
O'Kelley's by the ballpark is now Pastimes On 4th. Let's hope it's a successful #BarRescue
— Real Life STL (@RealLife_STL) November 13, 2015
You can check out the promo videos for Sunday’s “Land of the Beer and Home of the Misbehaved” episode below.
O’Kelleys, in the shadow of Busch Stadium in St. Louis, is being sunk by an inexperienced manager and out-of-control bartender. Can Jon Taffer keep this sports bar from shutting down for good?
Jon Taffer enlists NFL star Chris Long and Barstool Sports blogger Dan Katz (Big Cat) to do recon at a St. Louis sports bar, and…well, let’s just say the Reuben Nachos were a bad idea.