I have been trying to get into this show and Restaurant Impossible for a while now.
While I enjoy parts of both of them, I also find them very formulaic, which I guess is to be expected.
John Taffer, of Bar Rescue, is the host/driver of the show. He claims he is one of the worlds leading expert on turning bars around, and I don’t have any reason to doubt it. And he has an approach and a personality which would lead me to believe that if he is a Bar Rescuer, he’s a good one. However,
I can’t look at him… his massive head, his bulging, somewhat independent eyes moving around in that huge skull, and his mouth (which is the first mouth that has ever reminded me of the famous Dangerfield line “the last time I saw a mouth like that it had a hook in it.”
Anyone else have this experience watching the show? His big head and freakishly ugly face, combined with his booming voice and massive size, intimidates people. In short, he is just a bully. And watching a bully berate people is an odd way to spend an hour. So even though I find the basis of the show interesting, and the types of things he finds amazing (the stupidity of the owners always baffles me), I find myself looking for the show less and less.
Similarly, Restaurant Impossible is almost the exact same show, with a restaurant being the star instead of a bar. Robert Irvine is the show’s star, and instead of being an overweight blowhard like Taffer, he’s an incredibly vain muscle-buffed flaming homosexual (who is apparently so far in denial and in the closet that The Food Network is broadcasting his wedding). For the entire hour, he wears the same skin-tight clothes, which is quite strange. In fact, I can’t remember seeing him in anything but a pair of ass and nut-hugging blue jeans with a size-too-small polo shirt.
Again, he’s a smart guy, and he clearly knows his stuff. But the way in which he presents himself, along with the very predictable formula for the hour-long show makes it hard to watch long term.