In the Bar Rescue episode ‘Struck Out at the Dugout’, Jon Taffer travels to Chicago to check out The Dugout in the neighborhood known as Wrigleyville. The bar is right next to Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. (Taffer shows up months before the Cubs win the World Series in 2016.) While the location of The Dugout seems ideal, it’s tiny and not the easiest to find. It’s in a basement, below a pizzeria. But the size of the place isn’t what drives Taffer crazy, it’s the owner, Ed Cressy.
In the Bar Rescue promo, Ed is described as “a lackluster and stubborn landlord” who was “forced to become a Chicago sports bar owner after a previous tenant stopped paying rent” for 10 months. Ed shows up to work at The Dugout but he doesn’t talk to the customers — and doesn’t seem to notice (or isn’t bothered much by) the number of flies inside the bar. When Taffer sees Ed preparing food in the kitchen without washing his hands or wearing gloves, Taffer releases his rage in front of the entire bar. Ed Cressy doesn’t show much emotion. When Taffer asks Ed if he thinks it would help if he cleaned the place a little, Ed says soberly, “It get cleaned every day.” Taffer does renovate the place and gives it a new name — Press Box. Bar Rescue airs Sundays at 10pm on Spike.