Is Water’s Edge Island Bar still open in 2023?
Status: >> OPEN <<
(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 6 | View All Season 6 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: September 8, 2019
The Bar's Original Name Was: Edge of Town
Water’s Edge Island Bar Address: 960 SW 37th St Blue Springs, MO 64015
Edge of Town, later renamed to Water’s Edge Island Bar, was a Blue Springs, Missouri bar that was featured on Season 6 of Bar Rescue.
Though the Water’s Edge Bar Rescue episode aired in September 2019, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place a few months earlier.
It was Season 6 Episode 44 and the episode name was “So We Meet Again, Mr. Taffer”.
Edge of Town is in Blue Springs, MO.
The Edge of Town owners are Mark Wilson and Ozzie, his fiance.
You may remember Mark Wilson from the Longshots Sports Bar episode, as he was also the owner of that bar.
That makes this thesecond time that Jon Taffer has visited one of Mark’s bars – a very nice position to be in!
This is also why the episode name is “So We Meet Again, Mr. Taffer”.
If you don’t remember that one – Jon Taffer rescued Longshots Sports Bar in 2013 and renamed it to Badlands Country Nightclub.
Unfortunately, Badlands Country Nightclub closed shortly after filming the episode, so we hope Jon Taffer has better luck in this episode.
One of the reasons that Longshots/Badlands closed is so that Mark could focus on his other bars, such as Edge of Town (he also has some other ones – more on that later).
Enough backstory – let’s get to talking about Edge of Town.
The bar was initially successful, but they were forced to shut down after the landlord wouldn’t renew the lease.
The owner, Mark Wilson, opened a new club called Vertigo and implemented everything Jon Taffer taught him.
While Vertigo is doing well, those principles aren’t working at Edge of Town.
While working at Vertigo, Mark met his fiancé Ozzie.
Mark handed Edge of Town to Ozzie so she could run it.
The bar is old and worn out, and the staff is uncaring.
Bartender Amy Koffsky and Chef Vic Vega join Jon Taffer to assist with saving Edge of Town.
The experts and Jon agree that the outside of the bar looks boring.
Jon wants to see if Mark uses anything he learned from his previous Bar Rescue experience at this bar.
The hidden camera footage shows Frank, the cook, Caitlin, and Mona, who are bartenders, and Mi’Kayla and Will, the bartenders.
Local news correspondent Gina and soccer player Kelyn spy on Edge of Town for Jon Taffer and the experts.
The pair ordered a mai tai and a margarita.
The drinks are served warm, without ice, and with no garnish.
On the food side, the spies also order chicken wings and potato tots.
In the kitchen, Frank undercooks bacon and serves it, which leads to one of Jon Taffer’s classic “You’re going to make people sick” rants.
Jon Taffer is disappointed in how Ozzie is managing the bar and goes to confront her and makes her call Mark at Vertigo.
Ozzie and Frank begin to clean the kitchen as they wait.
Mark arrives, and Jon Taffer admonishes him for leaving Ozzie alone to manage the bar since she doesn’t have prior experience in running a bar.
A bartender takes a shot, and Mark tries to get her to admit to it, but she doesn’t.
The next day, Jon Taffer meets with the staff.
He reminds them that the bar isn’t just at stake but Ozzie and Mark’s dream.
Jon also reminds the owners that their mistakes were poor choices.
Much alcohol is missing, and it hasn’t been rung in or paid.
The footage is then shown of the staff drinking liquor while working.
Ozzie and Mark need to treat their staff like staff and not family.
The food and beverage experts are introduced in order to prep for the stress test.
The bartenders learn how to make an old-fashioned.
The kitchen is taught to make sautéed chicken.
Ozzie will work at the bar for the stress test, while Mark will work in the kitchen.
The bartenders can’t keep up, and they have to dump many drinks.
Wait times are starting to go over ten minutes in the kitchen.
Eventually, the stress test get shut down.
The following day, Amy shows the staff how to make simple tropical cocktails.
Frank is taught how to make sauces with pineapple.
While the staff are being trained by the experts, Jon Taffer and his crew have been hard at work renovating the bar.
As part of the changes, Jon Taffer has renamed Edge of Town to Water’s Edge Island Bar.
There is a waterfall behind the bar to play on the island theme.
The inside looks more tropical with warmer and brighter colors and also has brand new furniture provided by a sponsor.
Frank is given a chef’s coat. He also does excellent in the kitchen.
Jon leaves, saying he wants a wedding picture from Ozzie and Mark.
So was the Edge of Town Bar Rescue visit a long-term success? Keep reading to learn what happened next and if it’s still open in 2023 and beyond.
Water’s Edge Island Bar Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Water’s Edge Bar Rescue visit, let’s talk about what happened to the bar after Jon Taffer and his crew left Blue Springs, MO.
Things seemed to start off well for the newly named Water’s Edge Island Bar.
At the standard check-in with the Bar Rescue producers, we learn that sales at the bar have increased by 25% after the changes.
That improvement seems to have shown no sign of slowing down…
Is Water’s Edge from Bar Rescue still open?
As of 2023, Water’s Edge Island Bar is still open and serving customers in Blue Springs, MO.
Reviews for the bar generally seem good as it has a 4 star rating on Yelp and a 4.4 star rating on Google Reviews.
The bar also regularly hosts events and posts about them on its Facebook page.
The most popular event seems to be regular karaoke sessions, but Water’s Edge also hosts poker games from time to time.
They also have all the “standard” stuff that you’d expect, such as specials during Kansas City Chiefs games.
The Facebook post above is a good example of the poker and sports specials.
Water’s Edge also posted about hiring new servers and bartenders in April 2022, which shows that it’s still doing well.
Then, they posted about hiringagain in October 2022 (pictured).
I know it’s hard to find staff right now (2022), but it’s always a good sign when a bar is hiring.
Here’s a look at the outside of the bar as of May 2021, courtesy of Google Maps Street view.
Water’s Edge Reviews After Bar Rescue
Here’s a sampling of reviews that were written after the Water’s Edge Bar Rescue episode.
While most of the reviews are positive, the one common complaint seems to be people not liking all of the smoke.
4 star review from April 2022:
Love the remodel
But it’s a smokers delight.
Smoke odor very prevalent.
Too bad it could be the BEST Karaoke venue in the Lee’s Summit and Blue Springs area.
Should the owners decide to make it smoke free, I’d be there.
5 star review from January 2022:
Food was great frank the cook came and visited.
The bartender was amazing the atmosphere was wonderful.
Only wish was ozzie or mark would had been there
3 star review from January 2022:
The service and beer were good.
However the DJ for karaoke was not good at all… he plays so many songs in between singers and is just a not good guy… we tipped him twice thinking that would help speed along with singing then he was talking about shots.
So we got him a couple of shots hoping again he would get back to singing… It went smooth for maybe two singers then like 4 or 5 songs later he remembered he had a line up.
Then once some people arrived that were his friends or “regulars” he started skipping everyone else and just kept calling them up.
So we left after the fourth person at their table got called up for a second time.
So many people in this business… love the bar don’t like the DJ.
5 star review from September 2021:
Great food, drinks, staff is super friendly and amazing.(Video) Bar Rescue: Jon Taffer Walks Out for the First Time Ever
Always a great time.
Dinner and darts fav spot.
Steak night Wednesdays are great! Always a good “cut”.
5 star review from September 2021:
Great service and amazing food.
A place to c checkout also smoker friendly so keep that in mind.
Still a great place.
Did Mark and Ozzie Get Married After Bar Rescue?
Mark and Ozzie are still together as of 2023, though I can’t tell if the marriage is official yet. There have been no public announcements and they don’t share their relationship status on Facebook (though you can tell they’re still together).
Ozzie seems to do a lot of the social media posts for Water’s Edge, along with generally promoting events.
Vertigo, Mark’s other bar, is also still open and seems to generally be doing well.
It has a 3.5 star rating on Yelp and a 4.1 star rating on Google reviews, which isn’t quite as high as Water’s Edge.
You can check out the Vertigo Bar & Grill Yelp page if you want to learn more.
That wraps up my Water’s Edge Bar Rescue update!
Again, this was the second time that Mark was featured on Bar Rescue.
If you want to see Mark’s other bar that Jon Taffer visited (which has since closed), you can check out my Longshots Sports Bar / Badlands Country Nightclub update.
If you want to see some other Bar Rescue Missouri episodes, check out these posts:
- Stix and Stones / The Pit Stop update
- Thunderbird / Thunderbolt update
- City Bistro / The Beechwood update
- Crafted / Van Goghz update
- BARcode / RG’s Lounge update
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Last updated: 2023-01-25 08:13