A few months ago, we told you that popular SPIKE TV series Bar Rescue was in town scouting Milwaukee locations to, well, rescue. Yes, one lucky Brew City bar was being considered for Jon Taffer’s unique brand of shout-y business advice (“SHUT IT DOWN!”) and maybe some turkey sliders, which always perk a place up. Perennial East Side dive Y-Not III (1854 E. Kenilworth Pl., 414-224-9668) was the most likely candidate, followed by nearly every other bar that Milwaukeeans could think of. Because what bar couldn’t use some unnecessarily elaborate shaker cocktails added to its menu? (And, again, those turkey sliders.)
Now, it seems that Y-Not III is indeed the lucky rescuee: Bar Rescue camera crews were spotted filming at the location Saturday night, presumably capturing the “before” for the “before-and-after” portion of the episode. Word on the street is that Taffer will be on site (and yelling) Monday night, and that the new and improved bar will be unveiled later in the week. Plenty of time to completely turn things around.
Oh, and there was a burlesque show going on upstairs Saturday night, guaranteeing that this will be a doozy of an episode. The new season of Bar Rescue begins October 5.
UPDATE: The new Y-Not III is open. It’s called Nick’s House. It’s a ’70s-themed bar. We checked it out.