TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS's Ohio Bar And Restaurant Featured On Tonight's Episode Of SPIKE TV's 'Bar Rescue'

November 1, 2015

Ripper's Rock House, the Akron, Ohio bar and restaurant co-owned by former JUDAS PRIEST and ICED EARTH singer Tim "Ripper" Owens, is featured on tonight's (Sunday, November 1) episode of "Bar Rescue", the Spike TV series in which bar consultant Jon Taffer dispenses advice to the owners and staff of struggling operations.

According to 2Paragraphs.com, Owens called Taffer to give Ripper's Rock House a makeover because the restaurant was pigeonholed as just a heavy-metal bar. Ripper jokingly said of the experience working with Taffer on the show, "It cost me my manhood."

Owens opened Ripper's Rock House in 2013 after the closing of Ripper Owens Tap House. Tim's current partner is local businessman Micah Posten, who owns and operates Impact Landscaping.

Posten and Owens "never owned a restaurant," Owens told Ohio.com. "We don't know how to run one. We need help to figure that out."

Part of the makeover included a name change to Tim Owens’ Traveler's Tavern. In addition, Owens' hard-rock memorabilia has been taken down to make room for a more contemporary look, and the paper-lined plastic baskets that served food have been replaced with ceramic plates.

"Nowadays, it's hard," Owens told Ohio.com. "In this day and age, even being open for two years is good. But we've never made any money. We're gradually losing money, and people don't see that. If people see one show going on, or a show on the weekend, they think, 'You guys are doing really good.' But they forget what happens Sunday to Thursday."

Check out two preview clips of tonight's "Bar Rescue" episode below.

"Bar Rescue" airs at 10 p.m. Sundays on Spike. You can also find episodes on www.spike.com.

Owens recorded two studio albums with JUDAS PRIEST — 1997's "Jugulator" and 2001's "Demolition" — before the band reunited with Rob Halford.


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