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Rocky Point Cantina was a bar rescued by Jon Taffer on Bar Rescue. Rocky's Point Cantina was renamed to Havana Cabana Bar & Grill.


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A Tempe, Arizona bar featured on 'Bar Rescue' is out of business and the owners have declared bankruptcy after a reality show makeover.


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If the idea was that they'd keep their much larger staff and remain open seven days a week, it didn't work out that way; the hard rock shows resumed almost immediately after Taffer and company left in late May, and continued until the bar closed entirely. They aren't--in any possible universe--Rocky Point Cantina types. We'll spot you the big one: Far from being rescued, the bar no longer exists. Man, who wants to go hang out there tonight? Already registered? Actual people who might deserve it, sure. Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix. Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. It's not like renovating somebody's house or estimating the value of his antiques at a pawn shop--it's just a clearly bad idea, as dangerous as staking your retirement on a college-town bar. What leaves a bad taste in my mouth about this episode is just that the Massimianos basically end up both humiliated and out of business. Support Our Journalism.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} I don't necessarily doubt Jon Taffer's credentials as a bar savior; a lot of his advice and ideas seem sound, if also pretty self-explanatory. The problem is that a super-cheap, quick-and-dirty reality show is not the kind of format that can support a brand-new business run by people whose current business is failing. The part that's on TV basically involves them completely remaking the menu; renaming the bar and totally changing its direction; doubling the staff and bringing in a temporary manager, Four Peaks' Steve Lynch; and then relaunching immediately and leaving in a couple of days. Look: Rocky Point Cantina was not a great bar. Girls named Alyx and Symphony are probably much better business for a bar in a college town, but the enormous gap between them and the crowd the bar already had illustrates both how difficult the reboot would have been under the best of circumstances and the implausibilities that reality TV introduces into everything it touches. These shows are basically business owners making a trade: In exchange for publicity and a quick, half-finished renovation, they're humiliated on cable TV in between ads for Bad Grandpa. In a quick update at the end of the show we're told that six weeks after Taffer left--that would be mid-July, when the metal bands he hated were already back and Bar Rescue 's failure to clear its renovations with the city was already an issue--the bar is raking in cash every night, a problem employee is still gone, and everyone's basically doing pretty well. Its Yelp reviews are a special kind of bad, and by all accounts it earned them. This show is a master class in Unnecessary Deep-Voice Narration: " Without cash registers, no transactions can take place. Phoenix's independent source of local news and culture. You didn't have to spend a lot of time at beleaguered metal bar Rocky Point Cantina to be interested in the way it went under. If I hear the non-word "Floasted" one more time--well, this post is a clue that will point cold-case investigators toward the identity of the monster they will someday call the Phoenix Quiznos Killer. Although it was only thanks to Bar Rescue 's own negligence that we learned they were operating against City of Tempe regulations already. The story the opening tells about Rocky Point Cantina might be accurate, but if it is it's an incredibly bizarre one. Support Us. Rocky Point Cantina wasn't a bar by the time Bar Rescue got there; it might have wanted to be, but it was a de facto heavy metal venue. After looking set to fall off the schedule, Bar Rescue 's trip to Tempe finally aired Sunday night at We watched it, so that you wouldn't have to; here, roughly, are the 10 weirdest things about it that we noticed. First, manager Scott Massimiano's parents decide to invest their retirement nest egg into a bar, which seems like an obviously risky and inherently bad idea. We caught Glassjaw there in late July, the same day their request for a live entertainment permit was rejected. They're girls named Alyx and Symphony. But his befuddlement about Rocky Point Cantina has as much to do with the bar's identity crisis as it does its imminent failure. How is this show even supposed to work long-term? And Havana Cabana is a cool idea! Their "Expert Mixologist" is a fantastic argument against expert mixologists--it has nothing to do with him in particular, just the skills of his trade, which consistently force him to resemble a Vegas-musician-turned-pick-up-artist-turned-guy-who-lives-inside-that-Tom-Cruise-movie. Like Up on the Sun on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest local music news and conversation. Pre-revolutionary Cuba is--well, it's pretty far away both in time and distance, but it fits with the bar's genuinely cool space and it's novel. None of that's the problem. After Lynch left and the rush of reality show publicity petered out, what was the plan supposed to be? Remember Me. If the story the show tells is true, they needed something drastic, and they probably would have closed anyway. But the weirdest part is that the show flatly lies about the bar's current footing. Make a financial contribution or sign up for a newsletter, and help us keep telling Phoenix's stories with no paywalls. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}Don't have an account yet? An expert mixologist's moves are by nature weirdly abbreviated-looking on TV, probably because he isn't able to end them by telling a year-old girl with a fake ID about how many famous people he knows. Read more about the strange reasons behind Rocky Point Cantina's sudden closing. Next, it suggests that Massimiano's pitch to attract college students is bringing in heavy metal bands, which--whatever your opinion of metal--seems like a weird anachronism, whether it's the venue's or the TV show's. It's like a bad police procedural, only much cheaper and dependent on the humiliation and then redemption of actual people. It's really jarring how obviously stagey so much of the show is--all the Command Center banter in the SUV, the worst-case scenario scene they staged for the first night, the timer in the corner of the screen. Get the latest updates in news, food, music and culture, and receive special offers direct to your inbox.