Photos: See Zanzibar Billiards Club before it gets a makeover from Spike TV's Bar Rescue
Zanzibar on the eve of being renovated.
Festooned with random flags and boasting a food menu that includes such culinary delights as "Poppers," the "T-REX" hoagie and "West Side Story" sandwich (which we're guessing is delivered by a campy, gyrating food-runner), Zanzibar Billiards Club recently decided it was in need of a makeover. Luckily for the struggling establishment, Jon Taffer of Spike TV's Bar Rescue has come in to save the day.
Over the last four days Taffer and his crew have placed Zanzibar under the microscope, forcing it to undergo a brutal evaluation process that will culminate with a complete renovation of the bar's concept and design. Prior to Zanzibar's relaunching party on December 11, Westword stopped by to snap some last photos of the interior that partially contributed to the bar's downfall.
Bar Rescue's renovation process essentially consists of five different stages: surveillance, the "Stress Test," training, reconstruction and the eventual relaunching of the bar. Salil Gulati, a spokesman for Spike TV, says that during the "Stress Test," Taffer "brings in his hospitality, culinary and mixologist experts to re-train the staff and change their ways to allow for the bar to become more profitable." Aside from these more traditional techniques, Taffer also uses high-tech instruments in his bar assessment tests, including eye-tracking, body-monitoring and even pheromone-measuring technologies.
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Zanzibar's new look will be unveiled at 9 p.m. tomorrow. The party is free and open to the public; we'll post photos of the renovated bar later this week.
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