The owner of an Ann Arbor sports bar featured on Bar Rescue has been sentenced to prison on tax charges. Brian Michael “Mike” Flore, the owner of The Arena was sentenced to serve up to five years for withholding more than $700,000 in sales tax collected from customers, according to Michigan Live.
Flore, 43, was also ordered to pay $1.5 million in restitution in a sale tax scheme that spanned 10 years.
The Arena was featured in an episode of Bar Rescue titled Unnecessary Toughness back in 2015.
Interestingly, the state began an investigation into The Arena back in 2013, a couple of years before being featured with Jon Taffer on Spike TV’s Bar Rescue.
The status of the bar is unknown at this time, although the bar’s Facebook Page remains somewhat active.
Below you will find Bar Rescue promo videos for the episode featuring The Arena, from 2015.
Ann Arbor Sports Bar Is Sinking
The Arena sports bar in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is unable to keep up with the competition. Nightly temper tantrums from the owner don’t help.
You Look Like A Bouncer, Not An Owner!
Taffer tries to talk some sense into tough-talking owner of The Arena.
Stress Test at The Arena Sports Bar
Calamity ensues during the stress test at The Arena.
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