Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue” gave a facelift to a downtown bar. Oasis Hookah Bar reopened to the public as Taza Nightclub on Friday night.
Lines formed around the block at Farnam and 15th Streets to get into the newly remodeled business. Jon Taffer and the crew of “Bar Rescue” have been revamping Oasis since Monday.
Owner Jesse Hill said the bar has a "sexier look" than the old place. Inside, there's a dance floor and new drink menu.
Its name references a Moroccan city, which factors into the theme of the restaurant.
Experts were brought in to help the staff make the new drinks faster. The club’s stress test, or soft opening, was held Tuesday. Hill said he and his staff have been together for 12-15 hours a day for the past five days.
The club was also given lots of “cool, new toys and gadgets,” Hill said.
The club’s signature hookahs have been removed for now. Hill said the existing hookahs no longer met his standards and they had to order new ones, which will arrive in early December.
Hill said the last week has been a roller coaster, and the show’s host, Jon Taffer, is a very intense guy.
“He definitely makes sure that his voice is heard,” Hill said. “If he feels like you’re not listening, he’ll get in your face and make sure that you’re listening.”
Hill said that there's nothing like this new club in Nebraska.
“It’s a totally different experience than what you’re used to seeing, especially in downtown,” Hill said.
The bar will be open from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday and 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday.