Remember in January, when we told you Central Phoenix's well-loved English pub, George & Dragon, might appear on an episode of Spike TV's Bar Rescue? At the time, there were a circus' worth of not-at-all inconspicuous tents planted outside the pub, and we even spotted the Bar Rescue host Jon Taffer sitting in a car in the parking lot. The bar's owner, David Wimberly, didn't confirm his business was going to appear on the show until weeks later — but it didn't take a genius to figure out what was going on.
Now, we finally get to see the fruits of all that ... hubbub. On Sunday, April 24, Bar Rescue is headed right here to Phoenix to help save Wimberly and his "struggling British pub that is months away from having to close its doors," according to a press release. In the preview above, Wimberly talks about how his mother's passing distracted him from the maintenance of the bar and restaurant, and says he's hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt and in danger of not lasting through the summer.
Of course, for us Phoenicians, there's a little less suspense when it comes to watching the show. Anyone who's driven down Central Avenue in the last three months has seen George & Dragon's subtle, but much-needed makeover, which included repainting the exterior and sprucing up the interior with a new color scheme and new tables and drapes.
We also already reported that Wimberly ditched the menu Taffer and the Bar Rescue crew introduced, in part because longtime customers complained about the removal of their favorite dishes. The restaurant is — or at least, it was — breading and frying its fish and chips to order after the show's taping, which was a nice improvement from the frozen fish-filled past.
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In any case, it's always fun to see a local restaurateur and restaurant on national TV, so be sure to tune in to Spike TV at 9 p.m. this Sunday, April 24.