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Baltimore Sun: 10 Awkward Questions with Jon Taffer of "Bar Rescue"

August 11, 2012


From Baltimore Sun:

If you watch Spike TV's "Bar Rescue"you know how hard Jon Taffer's job is. Recruited by drinkeries, Taffer not only revamps bars' design, menus and business practices, but deals with bullheaded owners. He's already had to fix a pirate bar (!) in Silver Spring (!!) for the premiere of Season 2 last week. But for this Sunday's episode (9 p.m.), he attempts to fix Fells Point's J.A. Murphy's, which became Murphy's Law ... and then closed. What went down? We decided to awkwardly ask Taffer.

I don't think I've ever seen you madder than when you saw the J.A. Murphy's cook cross-contaminate food after touching raw chicken. Just how close were you to punching the one owner in the face when he was laughing about it?

Yes. Getting people sick makes me furious and his smirk almost took me over the edge. But I guess you noticed that.

A guy in the episode said the bar smelled like a combination of "balls, cheesecake and a porta potty." What exactly do balls and cheesecake together smell like?

That combination of pungent smells pretty much describes it!

You sent your daughter, Sam, in for some investigative work in the episode. How do I become your son for a day and have you take me on bar rescuing missions? Not that I've been dreaming about that or anything.

Sam would not like that and you do not want to mess with Sam.

The two owners were frat buddies. Is the lesson here not to open a bar with a friend or not to join a frat?

Definitely do the frat. Let me explain it like this: If you were into drugs I wouldn't suggest you become a pharmacist. Get the message?

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To see more of this interview visit the Baltimore Sun.


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