Aug. 26, 2014 By Christian Murray
The Spike TV show “Bar Rescue” is currently shooting at a Sunnyside establishment.
Jon Taffer, the tough-talking nightlife expert who is the star of the show, is at Jack’s Ale House at 39-46 Skillman Avenue this week providing the owners with advice as to how they should maximize its potential.
Bar Rescue is a show that helps bar owners bring back their establishment from the brink. Taffer and his crew tend to be mercilessly tough—tackling everything from the perfect pour to the height of the bar stools.
Jack’s Ale House is owned by Sunnyside resident Brian McGowan and his two brothers, Jimmy and John. The three are all firefighters (although John has retired) and have deep roots in Sunnyside.
Jack’s Ale House was formerly known as the Firewater Inn, which the McGowans’ late father Jack opened in 1986.
The McGowan’s changed the name of the bar in honor of their late father Jack when they revamped the bar in 2013.