“I am willing to get kicked in the balls a bit if it’s good for business,” Keith Murphy, co-owner of Fells
Point bar J.A. Murphy’s, told Baltimore magazine in February. The ball-kicker in question was Jon Taffer, host of SPIKE TV’s Bar Rescue (think Kitchen Nightmares, but with more Jagermeister). Now that the episode is scheduled to air (it premiers on August 5), we’re wondering whether Murphy regrets his decision.
In the clip above, Taffer storms into the kitchen to berate a cook who was preparing chicken bare-handed. After stomping into the dining room and insisting that all the food — even the meals the customers are eating — be thrown out, the mood in the kitchen is incredibly tense. “That could’ve gone better,” one staffer remarks.
But potential food poisonings may be the least of the Murphys’ worries; the episode description deems the tavern “a dirty, binge-drinking bar owned by two fraternity brothers” but notes that Taffer’s rescue “gets derailed when Jon discovers the building is about to collapse.”
Spoiler alert: as any Fells Point bar-hopper has noticed, the bar re-opened this spring with a new name (Murphy’s Law) and a new look (“a vaguely corporate feel,” according to the Baltimore Sun). According to visitors, some of the noticeable changes in the bar’s second iteration include a reconfigured bar and plastic pint glasses. We’re not sure that qualifies as a rescue, but we may have to watch the show to find out.
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