Route 99 Roadhouse is one of 11 finalists to be featured in the upcoming seventh season of the hit reality series Bar Rescue, which airs on Paramount Network. The Roadhouse made the cut from an initial pool of 100 bars, pubs and nightclubs around the country.
A crew from the show was at the historic restaurant and bar on Highway 99E Sunday afternoon to interview staff and the owners, Rachelle “Rocky” George and Tyson Bafford. On the Roadhouse’s Facebook page, they said the entire staff was on hand and invited patrons to come on down, as well.
George said the initial interview went very well, and the crew wants to come back for a follow-up on Wednesday or Thursday, which is a good sign.
“They said that the producers already want to meet with us again and that we have a very good shot at it!” she said. “I even got some dramatic tears to flow at one point! LOL. We all had a blast and laughed so much afterwards!”
Nothing filmed at these early scouts would actually make the final show. Rather, the footage will be packaged into a presentation — along with the 10 other establishments being considered — that will then be presented to the network brass, so they can pick which one is most in need of “Rescue.”
“We had been binge watching the last season to see what they are looking for,” George said with a laugh. “We are all on-board and excited about it. They told us they want us to be ‘us’ in a big way, so we are trying our best.”
It’s not just the exposure of being featured in a national television program that the Route 99 Roadhouse crew is excited about.
In addition to intense training on improving food/drink preparation, customer service and efficiency conducted by the show’s host, Jon Taffer, each establishment featured on Bar Rescue receives a full interior redesign and remodel, including deep cleaning and structural work, where necessary.
All costs are covered by the network and the show’s sponsors.
Upon reopening, the bars and clubs are often re-branded, as well, with a completely new name or a variation of the old one. George and Bafford said they’re open to this.
They only recently rechristened the place “Route 99 Roadhouse,” and though the change was well-received, most folks still call it by the name it was known by for most of its almost 100-year history: The Spinning Wheel.