Where Is Bang Shack From Shark Tank Today?

When you host a party or family gathering, beyond offering a top-notch charcuterie board and fresh produce, you might also serve snack dips alongside crunchy chips and crackers. Beyond tried-and-true favorites, such as cheesy bacon dip and fiesta refried bean dip, how often do you see a tasty chicken dip recipe? To Florida natives Jason Hadley and his wife, Claudia, a zesty chicken-based dip was a necessity for foodies nationwide. Hadley always had a passion for sales, but his one-of-a-kind chicken and cheese dip wasn't born until 2002, when he was asked to bring a potluck dish to a party. With the help of his wife, Hadley started The Bang Shack in 2017 and began selling his top-notch dip to customers at nearby farmers' markets.

While the dip produced many sales and blossomed into two other variations, including a zucchini-based vegetarian version and a vegan option made from cashews, Hadley hoped for a solid investment to get his popular dip among locals off the ground in a bigger way. In 2019, the budding entrepreneur headed to "Shark Tank" on Season 10, Episode 21, hoping for an investment.

What did the Sharks think of The Bang Shack?

While anyone can make a buffalo chicken dip recipe, company founder Jason Hadley made a dip that consistently won over the tastebuds of many followers. Hadley pitched his famous chicken bang dip on "Shark Tank" in 2019 in the hopes of receiving an $80,000 investment for 20% of The Bang Shack company. During his pitch, Hadley pointed out that even though he had made $53,000 in 2017 and $88,000 in 2018 simply by allocating various Crock-Pots of his popular dip at Florida's Yellow Green Farmers Market over the years, he forgot to bring prototype jars of the product to  drive his pitch home.

Most of the investors enjoyed the flavor of The Bang Shack dips, but they didn't believe Hadley was prepared enough to score the suggested deal. The "Shark Tank" investors appreciated Hadley's enthusiasm but felt as though his business was too new and still in the initial stages of development and production to receive such a large sum of money. 

The team, including Mark Cuban, advised Hadley to solidify a production facility to be asked back on the show. But with the strict USDA certification process in handling poultry, Hadley struggled to make the changes in a timely fashion. Hadley left "Shark Tank" with no investment in his Bang Shack product line.

What happened to The Bang Shack after Shark Tank?

If you wanted one of The Bang Shack's popular dips after Jason Hadley's company appeared on "Shark Tank," you may have had to get in line. Even though the Florida-based entrepreneur didn't score a deal on "Shark Tank," he experienced a ton of interest from retailers across America after his on-screen debut. 

Right after the show aired, Hadley admitted to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that he'd been in contact with both Amazon and Whole Foods to expand his growing business beyond his home state. But he needed to work out the kinks associated with finding a workable facility willing to pack and ship a perishable, poultry-based product.

However, with the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, upholding The Bang Shack business while maintaining a solid income became a challenge for Hadley and his wife. With the Yellow Green Farmer's Market in South Florida temporarily shut down, Hadley decided to switch tactics and made the decision to turn the concept behind his popular dips into a full-fledged restaurant.

The Bang Shack reaches new heights

For foodies on the hunt for the best dip recipes, grabbing a container of Bang Shack dip after chowing down on a burrito is an afternoon of dreams — as long as you live near Hollywood, Florida. Even though Jason Hadley found himself struggling financially with the ongoing closures of the busy Yellow Green Farmers Market, he decided to follow his dream of opening a restaurant, with The Bang Shack dips at the forefront. After some continued worry over the startup cost, Hadley received a $50,000 grant from the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency in Florida to make his dream a reality.

The Bang Shack restaurant opened in 2021. Hadley and his wife offered a bright and shiny menu featuring Bang Bowls, which contained a mixture of rice and lettuce, along with additional fresh toppings, Bang Shack dip, and crushed tortilla chips. The menu also featured hot dogs, nachos, and other American-style fare. And for those who were solely after Hadley's famous dips, The Bang Shack products were available for purchase at the restaurant in 8-, 16-, and 32-ounce containers. 

As of 2022, The Bang Shack was still up and running, based on past posts from the company's Instagram account. Unfortunately, however, The Bang Shack restaurant closed in 2023.

Where is The Bang Shack now?

Fans hoping to score some of The Bang Shack's chicken and cheese dip will have to reach for another spread. The Hollywood, Florida-based restaurant is no longer in business. Based on The Bang Shack's presence on both Facebook and Instagram, the company stopped regularly posting in the summer of 2023. (The Hadleys didn't make an official post about the happenings or whereabouts of the company.)

However, in the summer of 2022, Jason Hadley began posting videos on TikTok to promote neighborhood events and weekly specials at the dip-focused restaurant. In a TikTok video posted on August 16, Hadley confirmed to his 1,100 followers that The Bang Shack would close by the end of August. After thanking everyone for their continued support, Hadley stated that he was "getting ready to start the next chapter of my life." The restaurant ended in celebration with deals and a party during the local neighborhood's monthly ArtWalk festivities. Hadley's overall message was full of positivity as he expressed gratitude to his followers. 

While The Bang Shack is no longer in business, Hadley and his company succeeded in saying goodbye with a memorable bang.