‘Bar Rescue’ comes to Canyon Lake

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A stress test hosted by the reality television show, “Bar Rescue,” is held during a taping at Pepe’s Restaurant and Cantina Thursday, Feb. 13. Valley News/Jeff Pack photo

More than 500 people came out to Pepe’s Restaurant and Cantina in Canyon Lake Thursday, Feb. 13, hoping to take part in a “stress test” for the establishment as part of the taping of the show “Bar Rescue.”

The reality show hosted by Jon Taffer, a longtime food and beverage industry consultant specializing in nightclubs, bars and pubs, which airs on the Paramount Network, was scheduled to wrap up taping at the location Sunday, Feb. 16.

The premise of the show is that Taffer comes to the rescue of an establishment that could be on the verge of failing for a variety of reasons and facilitates the changes needed to give the business a chance to succeed.

On the show, Taffer is no-nonsense and puts the business’ owners and staff through a series of tests and training to see where the problems lie.

The Thursday night stress test was designed to put the staff of Pepe’s under pressure to see how they perform. With more than 500 people showing up to take part, the staff was put under a lot of pressure.

One by one, people who showed up were called from a line that stretched along Railroad Canyon Road to a table to fill out forms, show identification and were filed into another group near the entrance to the building.

About 50 people who lined up were told they were not going to be able to participate, causing a few moans and groans.

The media was not permitted to participate in the stress test event.

It was not clear when or if Pepe’s episode would air, but the show’s seventh season will premiere March 1. For more information on the show, visit www.paramountnetwork.com/shows/bar-rescue.

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at jpack@reedermedia.com.