Jonathan Peter Taffer is an American entrepreneur and television personality. He is best known as host of the reality series Bar Rescue on the Paramount Network.Personal lifeTaffer graduated from William A. Shine Great Neck South High School in Great Neck, New York in 1972 and, after a short time at the University of Denver studying political science and minoring in cultural anthropology, he relocated to Los Angeles. He currently resides in Las Vegas.CareerTaffer was born into a family of entrepreneurs. He first worked as a bartender in 1973 for Barney's Beanery in West Hollywood while performing as a drummer in a live band.Bar managementTaffer's first bar management job was at The Troubadour night club in West Hollywood in 1978. He was given full control of the bar in 1981 where staff theft was rife.