Oct. 31, 2014 By Christian Murray
The Spike TV show “Bar Rescue” will be featuring a Sunnyside bar when it airs this Sunday.
The show, which stars Jon Taffer, a tough-talking nightlife expert who helps struggling bars come back from the brink, will focus on Jack’s Ale House at 39-46 Skillman Avenue.
Taffer and his crew were at Jack’s for a week in August putting the show together.
The bar is owned by Sunnyside resident Brian McGowan and his two brothers, Jimmy and John. The three are all firefighters (although John has retired) who have deep roots in Sunnyside.
However, the brothers have squabbled over the years and the show hones in on this.
In fact, the promo for this Sunday’s show reads:
Three loud-mouthed firefighting brothers struggle to keep their Queens bar afloat. Can Taffer calm the sparks before this family implodes?
In August, Brian McGowan said the show was well worth doing. “It’s been amazing,” he said. “It’s brought our family back together again. Many family issues have been resolved as a result of the show—from how we run the bar to past money issues.”
McGowan said that Taffer is the tough-talking person you see on the show. On the first night “He ripped us all a new A-hole and then walked out of the bar,” he said. However, he added, Taffer has a “heart of gold.”
This Sunday, Jacks is holding a party in at 8pm to celebrate the airing of the show.