On tonight’s episode of Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer returns to Champagne’s Cafe in Las Vegas for his second-ever re-rescue in a last-ditch effort to help the struggling bar survive the COVID-19 pandemic and maintain its Las Vegas legacy.
I won’t rehash the details surrounding the first rescue – you can check those out here – but it is worth noting that Greg Sims is still the owner of Champagne’s Cafe.
After Jon’s initial rescue in 2016, Champagne’s enjoyed an immediate boost of about 40 percent in revenue. Greg made over $100,000 that same year, and for four years following the rescue, Champagne’s continued to thrive – until the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020, forcing Champagne’s to shut down and re-start operations twice.
During the first shutdown, Greg relied on unemployment to pay the bills. When Champagne’s was forced to shut down a second time, Greg started driving rideshare on a fulltime basis to earn a living. Upon reopening, and with Greg mostly absent from his bar, the standards Jon implemented during his first recue slipped significantly. Now, with $35,000 in loans and still owing his mother $120,000, Greg is struggling to keep the doors open and finds himself in need of second bar rescue.
A Closer Look
- Here’s the Champagne’s Cafe website.
- The bar is also active on Facebook.
- On April 29, 2021, KTNV Las Vegas reported a bartender at Champagne’s Cafe died following an altercation with an intoxicated man he refused to serve.
- You can check out post-rescue reviews of Champagne’s via Google Reviews and Yelp.
Google Street View of Champagne’s Cafe
Image – Screengrab