Our Story

        This year a projected 6,500 failing bars, nationwide, will close their doors for good. Kid Chilleen’s Bad Ass BBQ Steakhouse refuses to be just another statistic. After 10 years of business, the owners agreed to put their pride aside and ask for help from Bar Rescue’s Jon Taffer. On January 24th, a crew of 50 people installed hidden cameras and professional lighting throughout the bar at Kid Chilleen’s.
         This was in preparation to film the reality TV show “Bar Rescue.” Over a five day period this failing bar was remolded, staff re-trained, and the spark to make the bar succeed was re-ignited. The exterior which once looked run down with chipped paint is now a bright yellow, that catches the eye of freeway travelers headed north.
The interior which always was a bit dirty and dusty, now has a cabin home-like feeling with its darker colors and dimmed lights. The name Kid Chilleen’s Bad Ass BBQ was replaced with Chilleen’s on 17; Keeping a family name alive, that has been in restaurant industry for over 50 years in Arizona.
         After days of training with Russell Davis, “Bartender of the year” and Chef JB Brown in the kitchen. The staff of Chilleen’s on 17 became well equipped with the skills necessary to make this once failing bar succeed. With the help of a new smoker in the kitchen, Chilleen’s on 17 has the ability to provide the best BBQ in Arizona.
The question that arises is why Kid Chilleen’s was failing in the first place. After sales decreased with the economy it was nearly impossible to keep up on all of the bills. In 2011 they were forced to file bankruptcy after the bank threatened to take the property for failing to pay the property taxes. Unfortunately due to the nature of the situation it was in the banks best interest to foreclose. Kid Chilleen’s only owed the bank half of what the property is valued at, making them a very desirable foreclosure.
Chilleen’s on 17’s “Bar Rescue” episode “A horse walks into a bar” aired on April 7th.
Chilleen’s is now out of bankruptcy and sales are up 43%.

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9 thoughts on “Our Story

  1. I was in town from Charleston, SC. last month. I saw the Bar Rescue episode so I was happy to check it out. I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of food, drinks and service. Will definitely stop every time that Im in town! Thanks for a great experience!

  2. Watched your episode of Bar Rescue. I live in Calgary Alberta and love good BBQ. Plan on stopping in when I am in your area this summer. You guys are lucky to have such a loving and hard working daughter. Best wishes.

  3. Me and my fiancé are truck drivers and stopped by today and ate. Food was excellent! Service and atmosphere were great as well!

  4. First Bar Rescue I watched. I really hoped they’d make it . Congrats to the owners for overcoming and to Jon Taffer for giving the tools they needed to succeed. All the shows that turn around the establishment is good, but some not as deserving of a rescue as this one was! Just my opinion. Congratulations to success stories and to Jon Taffer and his “tough love” approach. Don’t know when I’ve seen a show such as this one that is a service to private enterprise and is helpful in livlihoods of those who follow their dreams and are willing. We need more of this in our country because these acts are what contributes to the greatness of the USA. Great show and all involved with it’s success!! John C.

  5. I saw this episode over the weekend and was surprised to not only see a local establishment, but someone I used to know! Was HAPPY to hear of the turn around and look forward to check it out soon! Congrats guys!

  6. Glad you guys made it, watched you on TV and loved the fact that you actually listened and learned! Great job!

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